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Last night I purchased Mahi-Mahi at my local fish market and created a deliciously ‘blackened’ dish… yes, the smoke alarm surely went off and my tiny Manhattan apartment was surely smokin’, hehe, but it was worth it… succulent and spicy… just the way I like it.

I opted to create my ‘blackened’ rub by reaching for my magnetic spice rack and tossed together the delectable Marx Foods ghost chilis and spices… take a looksy at these unique and incredibly tasty spices to create your very own blackened dish.

‘Blackened’ Mahi-Mahi with Cherry Spelt Asparagus
Serves: 2

This uniquely spiced fish pairs perfectly with naturally sweet asparagus. It's gluten and dairy-free.

Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


Spice Rub

  • 2 ghost chilis
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground thyme
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/4 tsp. truffle salt
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  2. Cook spelt flakes according to package.
  3. Trim ends of asparagus and steam over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until tender yet still crisp and bright green.
  4. Meanwhile, grind ghost chilis in a coffee grinder until they form a fine consistency.

  5. In a medium sized bowl, combine all spice rub ingredients; mix well.

  6. Coat mahi mahi fillets with 1 Tbsp. olive oil and rub spice mixture onto each fillet.
  7. Drizzle 1 Tbsp. olive oil onto the sizzling hot skillet and place the mahi mahi fillets 2 inches apart on the skillet.
  8. Cook both sides until fish is fully cooked to desired consistency.*

  9. Transfer to serving dishes. Serve hot alongside asparagus and spelt; sprinkle with dried cherries. Enjoy.

Nutrition Facts
‘Blackened’ Mahi-Mahi with Cherry Spelt Asparagus
Amount Per Serving
Calories 707 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 124mg41%
Sodium 889mg39%
Potassium 1755mg50%
Carbohydrates 91g30%
Fiber 19g79%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin A 4336IU87%
Vitamin C 79mg96%
Calcium 215mg22%
Iron 16mg89%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Blackened, is my favorite way to eat fish. I just love it, especially when it has a little kick to it:)

    I always thought it would be difficult to do my own blackened fish at home. I just might have to try this out some time this week!