Blackened cod is a simple and low carb meal that is quick and easy to make.

With just 5 ingredients this recipe goes from the stovetop to the tabletop in less than 15 minutes!

This fish recipe turns out tender and flaky on the inside and coated in crispy blackened seasoning.

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Easy Blackened Cod!

  • Fresh cod is the ideal keto or low carb protein.
  • Cod can be made on the stovetop, the oven, the Air Fryer, or the grill! So easy and versatile!
  • Easy to find and affordable, cod is most often found pre-portioned in fresh or frozen fillets.
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5 Ingredient Recipe

Fish – Cod fillets are easy to find, but any white fish works! So will salmon, shrimp, and scallops! Frozen fillets should be thawed before seasoning and cooking.

Seasoning – Buy it or use this DIY blackened seasoning recipe so you can adjust the ingredients to suit your menu! For a milder seafood seasoning, you can use Old Bay seasoning.

Variations – Want a Creole seasoned cod fillet? Then use a Cajun seasoning instead, like in this easy Cajun shrimp recipe.

How to Make Blackened Cod

  1. Prepare blackened seasoning and set aside (as per the recipe below).
  2. Gently rub seasoning onto both sides of the cod fillets, pressing in, if necessary.
  3. Pan-fry seasoned cod fillets in melted butter and oil until the outsides are blackened and the fish is light and flaky.

Tips for Success

  • A cast iron skillet works best to achieve that blackened coating!
  • Be sure cod fillets are patted dry so the blackened rub adheres properly before cooking.
  • It’s easy to overcook fish, so remove it from the hot pan as soon as it’s done or it will continue to cook. Use a meat thermometer for best results.
  • Thicker fillets will take a minute or two longer to cook on both sides.
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Serving and Storing Blackened Cod

Toppings: Serve blackened cod fillets with a dollop of sour cream, salsa, or pico de gallo.

Dinner Ideas: This zesty recipe for blackened cod can be served on its own with a side of brussel sprout slaw, added to fish tacos, or topped onto a hearty grilled vegetable salad for a healthy and low-carb lunch or light dinner!

Leftovers: Keep leftover blackened cod in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a skillet on medium heat with a little water until heated through.

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Blackened Cod

This spicy, flaky, and tender blackened cod is a treat for the tastebuds!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly


  • 1 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons blackened seasoning
  • 4 cod fillets 6 ounce each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • In a small bowl, combine paprika and blackened seasoning.
  • Pat cod dry with paper towel. Rub all sides of the cod with the seasoning.
  • Heat a 10-inch skillet over medium heat and add olive oil and butter.
  • When the oil is hot and butter is melted, add the cod and cook for 2-6 minutes per side* or until blackened and cooked through. Do not overcook.


  • Blackened seasoning can be very salty so taste the seasoning and adjust the amount as needed. 
  • Once the fish becomes flaky, remove it from the pan right away to avoid over-cooking. A meat thermometer will help to test if it is cooked.
  • Thicker filets will need closer to 4 to 5 min per side, thinner filets will need closer to 2 to 4 minutes.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 381mg | Potassium: 715mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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