Spiced Fish – Thinking of My Uncle

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One of my biggest regrets in life is not spending more time with my uncle before he passed. I miss his laugh the most. Now, those things and people that distracted me from spending time with him are so unimportant. My uncle was himself. He was real, loving, and always had a story for everything! One of my favorite memories of him was when I was about twelve years old and we were visiting our family in New Jersey. My uncle wanted us (me and my siblings) to walk with him to the store. We thought it would be a short walk but, we walked for what felt like miles and hours! We were tired and kept asking him “how much farther?” He kept saying “just a little bit further” and pointed to the distance. On this journey, we met a lot of his friends and laughed a lot. By the time we got to our destination, we were exhausted. My uncle said “See, Danielle? It wasn’t so bad” (He always called me by my middle name, Danielle, never Marie). As the years went on, he always loved telling that story and I loved hearing it. With my uncle, it was never about the destination but rather, enjoying the journey.

One of my last phone calls with him was about fishing. I was living in Montana at the time (Evan was attending school there). He told me about this guy who gave him some fish. We went over recipes including special seasonings we could use. We also talked about how much we liked to cook in general. Evan and I had gone out fly fishing and I told my uncle how much fun I had. He said he would try to come out and visit. Sadly, that trip never happened as he passed away within months of that conversation. To this day, whenever we go fishing or I make any type of fish, I think of him. It always brings a smile to my face including when I made this recipe.


  • 2 lbs. Tilapia-cut into pieces
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • ½ Tbs. Cayenne pepper
  • ½ Tbs. Oregano
  • 2 tsp. Steak Seasoning


  1. Heat a medium size pan to medium-high heat and add a little slice of butter.
  2. While the butter is melting, sprinkle seasoning on the fish. Once the butter starts to bubble, add a few pieces of fish to the pan. Make sure to not overcrowd the pan.
  3. Allow the fish to cook for a few minutes or until the bottom begins to brown. Add another slice of butter and flip the fish over. Slide the fish around the butter and continue to cook for a few more minutes until brown.
  4. Continue this process with the rest of the fish. Enjoy!

My conclusion:

You don’t have to use butter for this recipe. I like it because it’s adds another element to the fish. It keeps it moist on the inside and nice and crispy on the outside. If I’m watching my calories, I will use pan spray and just bake the fish in the oven. I served this butter fish with some fresh veggies and hot sauce. It also works great in tacos and even as a sandwich.

Be sure to comment below and let me know of a recipe you like to make that reminds you of a loved one.

Peace and Blessings 😊

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