Skillet Blackened Tilapia is an easy weeknight meal, and healthy to boot. Serve it over rice and vegetables, and dinner is ready in just minutes.
Whenever we travel to the coast, we hit up all the seafood restaurants and enjoy all the fresh seafood we can get our hands on. It’s one of our favorite things about traveling. We are such foodies, and we love it. 🙂
This recipe has taken LOTS of practice. I’ve made different versions, and I believe this is THE ONE.
All you need is:
- any white fish
- the spice rub
- a cast iron skillet
- some cooking oil
Let’s talk about the rub. It’s just a bunch of seasoning, and I keep all of them in my pantry at all times. Start with a BIG hit of paprika, followed by garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, red pepper flakes, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
Easy, and you could also make a bigger batch and keep it handy for anytime you want to make blackened fish.
Do you need some ideas for side dishes to go with this Skillet Blackened Fish? I’ve got a bunch here, but I usually just make some brown rice, sauté up some onions, and roast some broccoli (or other veggie).
Make this fish recipe next: Baked Asian Salmon in Foil
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Skillet Blackened Tilapia
- 24 oz. tilapia – about four large filets
- 3 Tablespoons canola oil
For the blackened seasoning:
- 1 Tablespoon paprika
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper – to taste
- Prepare the blackened seasoning by combining all ingredients.
- Take the tilapia and pat dry with a paper towel. Lay out on pan or plate, and spread blackened seasoning on both sides of fish. Massage seasoning into fish with hands.
- Heat skillet to medium high heat. Add half of oil to pan and when heated, add two pieces of tilapia.
- Cook for 2-3 minutes, and flip, cooking another 2-3 minutes. If you have large, thick pieces of fish, you may need to cook longer. The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
- Repeat with remaining two pieces of fish.
- Serve blackened tilapia over rice and vegetables, if desired.