Blackened Tilapia

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Blackened Tilapia – This is a delicious recipe for tilapia that is on the table in under 10 minutes!  Perfect for a quick weeknight meal and so easy to make!

Blackened Tilapia is an easy and flavorful tilapia recipe that is on the table in just minutes!  This recipe starts with tilapia but any white fish will work perfectly!  I mix up a very simple blackened seasoning recipe and rub it over the outside of the fish. I give it a quick fry in a skillet (or put it into the oven for a few minutes) along with some lemon slices and voila, the perfect blackened fish!

Blackened Tilapia on a white plate served with brown rice and lemon slice

How to Blacken Fish

I learned about blackened fish on a recent trip to New Orleans with some friends. We heard a bit about it on a food tour we took and then got to enjoy amazing blackened fish created for us by a chef in the hotel we stayed in.

What does blackened fish mean?

Blackened Fish was a made popular by chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans and for good reason. It’s very simple and delicious to make.

Blackening fish means brushing fish with butter and rubbing it with a blackened seasoning mixture.  The fish is then usually fried in a cast iron pan (but you can make blackened tilapia in the oven as well).

Because of the butter and seasonings, the outside of the fish will turn a dark “blackened” color while keeping it tender and juicy inside.

Uncooked tilapia with lemon slices on baking sheet ready to go into oven

What is Blackened Seasoning?

Blackened Seasoning is a delicious combination of ingredients used to create a wonderful crust on fish, chicken or other meats.  The actual makeup varies from restaurant to restaurant and chef to chef.  Most recipes contain oregano, paprika and garlic/onion powder.
While it’s similar to my favorite Homemade Cajun Seasoning this recipe has a bit of brown sugar as it caramelizes well and adds great flavor.
Bowl of seasoning mix for blakened tilapia

What to serve with Blackened Fish

Blackened tilapia is delicious served with a delicious creamy coleslaw, some Crock Pot Corn on the CobSimple Herb Oven Roasted Potatoes or a nice fresh Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon Dressing.  I always add lemon to the pan to allow it to cook along with the blackened fish for great flavor (and sometimes serve a side of tartar sauce along with it)!

This blackened tilapia is a delicious option spice up our favorite Easy Fish Tacos as well!

Cooked Blackened Tilapia in baking dish

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Review Recipe

Blackened Tilapia

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Tender flaky tilapia fillets rubbed with an easy blackened seasoning. 


  • 4 tilapia fillets or other white fish
  • 1 lemon sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
Blackened Seasoning
  • ¾ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon each salt & pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar

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  • Combine seasonings & brown sugar in a small bowl.
  • Rub seasoning over fish and pan fry or bake in the oven as directed below.
Stove Top
  • Heat oil and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat.
  • Add the seasoned fish and a few of the lemon slices and cook 3 minutes per side or just until done (do not overcook).
  • Serve with remaining lemon.
  • Turn broiler onto high and place oven rack on the top.
  • Line a pan with foil and add tilapia fillets and a few lemon slices. Broil for 3 minutes.
  • Flip fish and additional 3-4 minutes until tender and flaky. Do not overcook. Serve with remaining lemon.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 264, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 100mg, Sodium: 431mg, Potassium: 567mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 545IU, Vitamin C: 14.3mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1.6mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword blackened fish, blackened tilapia, cajun fish, cajun seasoning, cajun tilapia
Course Main Course, Seasonings
Cuisine American

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  1. Sooo yummy!! The perfect amount of “spice”. I made a tartar sauce with some mayo, relish, salt, pep, and lemon juice. So good! I will definitely be making this again.5 stars

  2. Love this recipe! It’s now a staple in our house & all 5 of my kids love it. I don’t usually add the brown sugar & I triple the spices to really coat the fish thoroughly. I serve it with calabacitas & spanish rice, healthy & delicious!5 stars

  3. I doubled the recipe because I was making eight fillets. On the two largest, I only dusted one side, and the rest both. I thought my husband might not like the spiciness! Instead, He said it was terrific and ate two more portions that were dusted on both sides!! :) He said, “we can have this again anytime!!” so I guess it will go into the rotation. Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

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      P.S. – the recipe was delicious!!!5 stars

  4. Loved this. I can’t believe how good it turned out. Used cooking spray instead of butter. We’re going to try this with fish tacos next. Then I may try it with chicken.5 stars

  5. I made this on yesterday and it was delicious. I also added some blackened seasoning which gave the fish a spicy kick. I will be making this again.5 stars