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My meal plan from last week included blackened tilapia. So many of my friends have asked for the recipe that I decided it was time to blog about it! Blackening seasoning is one of the easiest spice mixes to put together. It’s an easy way to impress your guests because it packs in a bunch of flavor without too many ingredients.
Everyone has a few food staples that are always present in their home, right? While we always have the normal staples such as milk, flour, sugar and eggs, we also always have frozen tilapia on hand. Much like chicken, tilapia is pretty versatile and cheap. Some critics say not to eat farm raised tilapia, however, it should be fine if it has the Aquaculture Stewardship Seal. Learn more about the tilapia debate here.
The main reason I love tilapia is that it is so quick and easy to cook. If something comes up and I can’t follow my original meal plan, I always know that tilapia can be on the table in 40 minutes or less. It’s such a thin filet that it thaws in warm water within 10 minutes, making it a fabulous emergency meal. I have at least 6 different ways that we cook tilapia, but blackening the fish is by far my favorite. I’m pretty sure the only reason I like it so much is because it’s such an easy way to pack in a bunch of flavor.
I’m still getting used to YouTube. The videos are fun for me to put together on my iPhone. I still can’t believe that a phone can do so much! Here is my latest video featuring my salt free blackening seasoning.
Blackening seasoning video on YouTube.
I made this one salt free in an attempt to be healthier than usual. If it tastes a little too bland, just add 1/2 tsp. of salt. Not a fan of fish? Use this seasoning on chicken instead! It tastes just as good.
Since using this recipe, I haven’t bought already made blackening seasoning. In fact, we buy very little seasoning, and make our own using different spice combinations. It’s a great way to save money and it allows you to play with flavor to suit your desires. Like it a little spicier? Add more cayenne. The possibilities are endless!
- 4 tilapia filets
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 Tbsp. paprika
- 1/2 Tbsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
- 1/2 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp. oregano
- 1 tsp. black pepper
- Mix your spices together to make blackening seasoning.
- Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a cast iron skillet (or non-stick skillet).
- Coat tilapia generously with seasoning. Recipe makes enough for many more batches depending on how much you use. I like to use enough to coat the entire surface.
- Pan fry the fish for about 2 minutes on each side or until it gets crispy.
What is your favorite way to eat tilapia? Or favorite way to use blackening seasoning?