This fish sandwich ranks among the best I've ever had. It's amazing how some simple spices, a cast iron skillet, and a capable hand can produce such flavor! Keith has been talking to me about "blackened" fish for some time now. He loves robust flavors, and has been mastering this technique for years. Although I had definitely tried blackened meats and fish in restaurants, I had never considered trying it at home. It seemed a bit daunting, requiring too much skill. Well, I found out my fears were unmerited one afternoon when Keith made these delicious Cajun blacked fish sandwiches for lunch.Keith selected mahi mahi fillets, which have a meaty consistency and hold in all of that robust flavor. His daughter and I were very quickly surprised (and running out of the kitchen) as we watched him start to blacken the fish. So we should warn you: make sure you have an open kitchen (preferably with windows you can open to aerate the space) before you attempt to prepare this. The spices on the dry cast iron skillet create a smoke that will make you cough. It is well worth it, however, when the fish was done and ready to eat.
In true Superman Cooks fashion, we searched high and low for the right bun for this sandwich. We settled on a grainy, flavorful baguette from one of our favorite local bakeries. You simply can not put this much effort into making a sandwich filling without considering the bun that it will sit on. And of course, Keith created a delicious Cajun mayo that added that extra "kick" to this sandwich. Enjoy!!
A very simple yet flavorful sandwich that has a touch of heat, yet juicy and tasty
- 4 5 oz Mahi Mahi fillets ( any fish works but choose a more hearty fish)
- 2 TBSP Cajun seasoning
- For the sauce you need:
- ½ C mayonnaise
- 1 TBSP diced onion
- 2 TBSP diced tomato
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning
- 1 tsp dill
- Juice from half a lemon
- 4 wheat buns
- Leaf lettuce or spring mix
- For this recipe make sure you are in a well-ventilated kitchen and are able to open a door or window.
- For optimal flavor and juiciness, a cast iron skillet works best.
- Place skillet on top of the stove and turn heat on high (you want this skillet hot enough so that when you sprinkle a pinch of Cajun seasoning on it smokes and dissolves instantly).
- Pat the mahi fillets off with a paper towel and coat the fillets on both sides with Cajun spices. Be generous so that you get a good sear on the fish.
- Now place the fillets in the skillet without any oil or butter.
- Cook on one side for about 3-4 minutes. During this process you will get smoke and vapors coming off the skillet, this is what you want. Don't turn the heat down.
- After 3-4 minutes, flip the fillets over and continue to cook for 3-4 minutes and then turn the heat off and let the fish stand in the pan.
- You can now make the sauce for the fish:
- In a bowl mix the mayo, tomato, onion, dill and lemon juice together.
- Sprinkle the Cajun seasoning (tsp) over the top.
- Now let's assemble the sandwich.
- On the bottom of the bun place the lettuce and TBSP of the sauce and top with fish and top of bun.
- Enjoy !!!!