This sophisticated seafood entree features rockfish, a firm-fleshed, mild flavored fish also often called rock cod or pacific snapper. Its delicate flavor and hearty texture make rockfish an ideal candidate for blackening. Sweet licoricey fennel along with a savory mixed pepper jam are the perfect flavor partners to the spiced, seared fish fillets. If you have trouble finding rockfish, you can also use catfish, grouper, or swordfish in this recipe.
Combine first 3 ingredients and 2 teaspoons salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of fillets generously with spice mixture.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place 3 fillets in skillet; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Transfer fillets to a plate, and sprinkle evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Repeat with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, remaining 3 fillets, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Serve fish with Pepper Jam and Braised Fennel. Sprinkle evenly with cilantro.