Floridian is an age-old 24 hour diner in Fort Lauderdale. Our visit to this famous diner was memorable. First, we parked right under a mango, albeit, Mexican Mango tree. The restaurant was decorated with old Hollywood photos and nice jazz music was going on. It was raining outside that time and the atmosphere was just perfect to sample their blackened Mahi Mahi.
After coming home, I decided to make my very own version. So here you go -
3-4 Tilapia fillets, cleaned & rinsed
1 tbsp. paprika
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp black pepper
Oil as needed for frying
1. Clean and rinse the fillets.
2. Mix the spices for making blackened spice powder.
3. Spread the powder onto a flat plate.
4. Press fish fillets, one at a time, firmly so the fish gets coated with the powder from all the sides.
5. Heat a cast iron griddle or pan.
6. Add oil for shallow frying.
7. Place fish fillets gently onto the griddle, without crowding the griddle. Cook in batches if necessary.
8. Cook on both sides. The fish appears blackened due to the spices - especially paprika.
9. Serve with a lemon wedge and salad on side.
1. Use Mahi Mahi for an authentic flavor.
2. We were served with sautéed vegetables and rice with this dish at Floridian.
Floridian, Ft. Lauderdale