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Fish Recipes: "Blackened Northern Pike" Jeff Sundin

image of blackened pike For folks who have fished with me and sampled my blackened Northern Pike recipe, the pursuit of Northern Pike has taken on a whole new meaning . Even customers who were dead set against trying them have agreed, this simple recipe turns un-wanted "hammer handles" into a meal fit for a king.

Don't worry about too much heat, even the full-strength recipe will give your Pike a lively, but manageable blackened flavor that's not too hot.

If you're tempted to start with a milder version, just cut the amount of blackened spice in half. Using only a light coating of seasoning produces a mild blackened flavor that's not hot at all. I sometimes refer jokingly to this as "Cajun Cooking, Norwegian Style" as I prepare the mild version for first time taste testers.

Once you try this, you'll be back for more and I guarantee the recipe will be a hit with your friends and family.

Blackened Pike; Ingredients

  • 2 Small to Medium Pike (4 Fillets) De-Boned, Skin Removed, Cut Into Thirds
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil, Vegetable Oil or Canola Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Blackened Spice

image of pike pieces sizzling in fry pan Pre-heat a dry cast iron, steel or other non-coated frying pan under high heat. You'll know it's ready when you begin to see smoke rising from the dry pan.

Place cut Pike pices into a 1 gallon ziploc bag or other sealable container. Add the oil and blackened spice, seal the container and shake vigorously until spices are evenly distributed to all pieces.

Coated pieces of fish are placed directly into the hot pan. Sear the Northern Pike pieces on each side, then allow fillets to sizzle for a few minutes turning as needed; do not over-cook. Fish are ready to serve as soon as flesh begins to flake apart. Fillets should be served quickly, while they're juicy and hot!

Jeff Sundin is a full time fishing guide, outdoor writer, photographer and developer of custom web content. Sundin currently serves as a volunteer on the Panfish Workgroup, an advisory committee of the Minnesota DNR. Learn about guided fishing trips and more, click here "About Jeff Sundin".

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