Enjoy this complete meal of Blackened Walleye served with a luscious Mango Salsa and fluffy Spiced Basmati Rice. Only Only 45 minutes total to prepare.
Blackening is a cooking technique commonly used in fish preparation. It was invented by the New Orleans Chef Paul Prudhomme who made the dish Blackened Redfish famous. The food is dipped in butter, dredged in spices, and seared in a very hot pan. If done on the grill, there can be flare ups with fumes. Blackening is also used on sea foods and chicken.
Blackening at Home
Many restaurants offer blackened fish on their menus and it is a good choice for a lighter lunch or dinner. I have always wanted to try this method of preparation but did not want to deal with the fumes. When I read Mother Rimmy’s Blackened Salmon, I had to give it a try. Her recipe is much healthier using lemon juice instead of butter and the blackening is achieved by searing the meat in the pan and finishing it in the oven.
Preparing This Blackened Walleye Meal
If you wish to prepare this entire meal, I would suggest you prepare the Mango Salsa first together with the ingredients for the Blackened Walleye and Spiced Basmati Rice. Preparation can be done in 25 to 30 minutes. Then prepare the rice and allow it to finish cooking on the stove while you tackle the fish. This way you should be able to finish all 3 dishes in 45 minutes total.
The recipe below was adapted from Mother Rimmy’s Blackened Salmon.
Tools Used in Making This Blackened Walleye and Mango Salsa
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- 1½ lbs walleye fillet (675g)
- 1 lime (juiced)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
- Combine all seasoning ingredients in a small bowl.
- Dry fish fillets and sprinkle with lime juice. Sprinkle seasoning onto one side of fish, pressing firmly into the flesh.
- Heat vegetable oil in cast iron pan over medium high heat. Add fish fillet with seasoning side down. Sear for 2 to 3 minutes until it gets dark brown. Be careful not to let it burn.
- Flip and sear another 2 minutes.
- Place pan in oven to finish cooking. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until a knife inserted at the thickest part barely flake the meat apart.
I combined the blackened fish with her gorgeous Mango Salsa from an earlier post. I had to omit the avocado as I did not have any on hand. The blackened fish was moist and flavorful and the Mango Salsa was very refreshing. Served with spiced basmati rice, it was a fabulous meal!
This Mango Salsa recipe was adapted from Mother Rimmy’s recipe.
- 2 mangoes (peeled and cubed)
- 20 grape tomatoes (halved) (1 cup)
- 1 small onion (diced)
- 1 jalapeno pepper (seeded and finely sliced)
- ¼ cup mint (finely sliced)
- 1 medium lime (juiced)
- ¼ tsp salt
- Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
- Mix well and serve immediately.
Spiced Basmati Rice
Here is my fluffy Spiced Basmati Rice. The slivered almonds are optional. They may be replaced with cashew nuts if preferred, or left out all together.
- In a medium sized pot, heat oil.
- Add cinnamon stick, cardamom pods, cloves, and star anise. Fry for 1 to 2 minutes until fragrant.
- Add rice and stir to combine. Pour in 2¼ cups (540ml) water. Bring it to a boil. Add salt. Reduce heat to medium and allow it to cook for 8 to 10 minutes until all water is absorbed.
- Reduce heat to the lowest setting and let cook for another 5 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let sit for 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with toasted almonds.
NOTE: This post was updated on September 30th, 2013 with new pictures.
Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 😎