Tender white fish baked in the best blackened seasoning recipe and dressed in a delicious avocado fish taco sauce! This blackened rockfish recipe will rock your world! A seafood recipe perfectly paired over vegetables or in fish tacos.
Fiesta, anyone? Just in case you plan to celebrate May 5th, this blackened rockfish is just what will rock the party! Cinco de Mayo is a day in 1862 that commemorates the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans at The Battle Of Puebla. It is primarily celebrated in Puebla, but has now reached all over and is especially popular where I live in Santa Barbara. We celebrate at Santa Barbara’s annual Cinco de Mayo festival held in the popular De La Guerra Plaza. There is always great food and entertainment in the plaza with live music all weekend long!
Along with entertainment comes that great food we need to chat about. My favorite food is seafood right up there with Italian. Ceviche is a true obsession and these cod fish taco’s are out of this world delicious. Baked rockfish has a texture that is a combo of a steak and a fillet… not too tough and not too flaky. The key to good fish is getting them fresh or from a fresh market. We received these fresh fish from the fishermen at Kodiak Fish Market in Alaska. Alaskan steak fish and their fish fillets are absolutely amazing and when packaged right have no fishy flavor. So far we have had cod fish, sockeye salmon and rockfish from Kodiak, Alaska and all have been incredibly delicious! It seems their fishermen are fishing to get the best, meatiest fish! Right away they prepare, freeze and ship the fish fillets overnight.
Four amazing healthy benefits of fish is they are high in protein, low in fat, high in vitamin D and high in omega-3 fatty acids (important for the brain). Some pretty good properties right!
A good fish is complimented by a good fish seasoning, a marriage of the two. I made this avocado, cilantro and Greek yogurt fish taco sauce and decided to make it a separate blog post so that you find it anytime if searched. It is perfect added to salads, grilled fish, baked fish, fish tacos, poultry and roasted vegetables. The creamy avocado sauce on top is so good that you’ll want to eat it on everything! We just loved it’s limey, creamy punch, smothered on spicy this blackened rockfish, or good on any fish! The seasoning is super easy to make too…Only needs a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
For the blackened seasoning you will need:
- Cayenne Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Salt and Pepper
- Herbs: Thyme and Oregano, dried
The zest of the fish comes from the creamy avocado cilantro sauce drizzled on top.
3 Tips to making the best blackened rockfish:
- Make the rub by mixing cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, garlic powder and paprika. Set aside until ready to rub all over that delicious fish!
- Put fish in a pan and sprinkle your blackened mixture on top. Using your fingers rub it in all around the top and sides.
- Broil the blackened rockfish high for about 6-10 minutes depending on the thickness of the meat.
Fish takes no time to cook. It can be baked, broiled or grilled. I love to broil or grill fish as it adds a slightly crisp outer layer and a flaky moist center. Seafood with the perfect sauce, dip or dressing is just match-made in heaven!
I could never live away from the ocean. In fact I think I am a salt water fish by heart! There is a yearning that draws me to the ocean. One that I could never live away from and be land-locked. Enjoy Fish. Enjoy celebrating the spirit of fiesta! And just enjoy celebrating life over a delicious and healthy seafood recipe! Viva la Fiesta!
- 1 Tablespoon coconut oil, melted
- 1 lb. Rockfish (about 2 large fillets)
- Blackened Seasoning:
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano leaves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Avocado Fish Taco Sauce:
- 1 avocado
- ½ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup of water
- 2 cups of cilantro with stems
- ½ lime juice
- 1 large garlic clove
- ½ teaspoon salt (I use Himalayan)
- 1-2 splashes of chipotle sauce (optional)
- Blend all ingredients of the avocado fish taco sauce in a blender. Set aside in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- In a small bowl mix all the ingredients for the blackened seasoning. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to Broil. In a baking dish drizzle 1 tablespoon of coconut oil. Add rockfish. Pour blackened seasoning on top of the fish and using hands rub it into the fish and around the sides. Bake uncovered 6-10 minutes or until the center is cooked and flakes apart when pulled with a fork. 6 minutes for thin slices, thick slices might need about 10 minutes. If it starts to burn on top cover in foil.
- Drizzle the avocado fish taco sauce on top. Serve with a side of vegetables and rice.
Blackened Rockfish With Avocado Sauce Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 Recipe total Servings 4
Calories 132 Total Fat 4.47 g Saturated Fat 3.32g Monosaturated Fat 0.64g Polysaturated Fat 0.51g Total Carbohydrate 0 g Protein 20.8 g Cholesterol 56.67 mg Calcium 16 mg Iron 0.34 mg Potassium 437 mg Sodium 84 mg Zinc 0.4 mg Thiamin 0.03 mg Riboflavin 0.21 mg Niacin 2.71 mg Vitamin B6 0.24 mg Vitamin B12 1.58 Ug Vitamin A 17 IU Vitamin E 0.34 mg Vitamin D 3.4 Ug Points 3 Points Plus 3
*The nutritional values are determined by the total ingredients divided by the number of servings for each recipe. Serving sizes may vary. The formula used here for points was obtained from public sources and is an empirical match to Weight Watchers calculators, but it is not an “official” Weight Watcher’s calculator.
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