When I saw fresh okra at the grocery store I knew I had to make this. And what goes well with okra? Something “blackened” of course!!! If you are not a fan of fish, you can rub the spices on the chicken and bake/grill chicken. You could also pair this with baked chicken or fried chicken. I personally love blackened fish, it reminds of my childhood, as does okra. So, this meal is truly comfort food for me.
For the Okra:
2 cups chopped okra (medium-rounds)
3 Tbsp of cornmeal
3Tbsp of rice flour
1 tsp of salt
1tsp of chipotle chili (or any kind of chili powder)
1/2 tsp of cumin
5 Tbsp of oil
3 Tbsp of water
For the blackened spice rub:
1tsp of each of the following
- black pepper
- smoked paprika
- garlic powder
For the fish:
1 Tbsp of oil
3-4 tilapia fillets
Method–For the Okra.
Preheat oven to 375F. Chop okra and add to bowl. MIx with cornmeal, rice flour, and spices.
In a separate bowl, mix 3 Tbsp of oil, water, and 1 egg. Beat thoroughly to mix and add the okra
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet or a cast-iron skillet and drizzle with the remaining 2 Tbsp of oil.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring the mixture every 10 minutes.
Method–For the Tilapia.
Mix the blackening spices with 1 Tbsp oil to create a paste.
Pat dry the fish fillets and massage the spice paste on to the fillet.
Arrange fish on a lined baking sheet, if you are using aluminum foil, you lightly spray the foil to prevent the fish from sticking.
Bake the fish for 20 minutes till flakey,
Serve with fish with okra and corn and enjoy!