Break out the sea salt and dried seasonings, its time to make a nice Cajun fish rub. Great on catfish, flounder, and slight flavor fish like tilapia. There’s another use for this rub; I put a tablespoon of this into the water when making rice to go with the fish. Sprinkle it over buttered veggies. Yes, you can probably find 101 uses for this slightly spicy flavor bomb.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- ½ cup sea salt
- ¼ cup paprika
- 3 tablespoons fresh ground black peppercorns
- 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons fresh ground white peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon file powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
File powder, also known as gumbo file, is just ground dried sassafras leaves. Its generally available in good spice shops. The fennel seed is added to bring a note of sweetness to the hotter spices. Make sure you run the dried thyme, fennel seed, and peppercorns, though a spice mill. This should make about 1 cup of rub.