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Cajun Blackened Fish
with Cajun salsa and sweet potato fries

Active: 35 min Total: 35 min
This blackened fish is full of flavor from Cajun spices and a crunchy Cajun salsa. Served with sweet potato fries, this colorful dinner will make everyone smile!
Smarts: What's in Cajun seasoning? It's a mix of garlic powder, paprika, oregano, thyme, and some more good stuff!


Cajun Blackened Fish with Cajun Salsa:
  • Tilapia fillets - 4
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Celery - 2 stalks , diced
  • Bell peppers, any type - 1 , diced
  • Shallots - 1 bulb , diced
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
Cajun Sweet Potato Fries:
  • Sweet potatoes - 1 1/2 lbs , sliced into fries
  • Oil, cooking - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Condiments for dipping - for serving


  1. Fish - If prepping right before making, complete make steps #1-2 before returning to this prep step. Rinse and pat dry. Sprinkle both sides with first part of Cajun seasoning and some salt and pepper.
  2. Celery / Bell peppers / Shallots - Prep as directed. (Can be done 3 days ahead)
  3. Make Cajun salsa - Mix together celery, peppers, and shallots. Season with second part of Cajun seasoning, lime juice, and some salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  4. Sweet potatoes - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)

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  1. Heat an oven to 425F (218C) degrees.
  2. Toss sweet potatoes with oil and Cajun seasoning and spread into one even layer on a dark sheet pan (for better browning). Roast in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until crispy. Shake once midway through.
  3. While sweet potatoes are roasting, heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Add cooking oil. Once oil is heated, sear fillets in batches for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until dark and golden.
  4. Sprinkle sweet potatoes with salt and pepper immediately out of the oven. Enjoy with condiment of choice. Top fish fillets with your Cajun salsa and enjoy with sweet potato fries on the side!



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