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Cajun Blackened Tilapia

Photo: Julie Bidwell; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps
Prep time 5 mins
Cook time 8 mins
Yield Serves: 4
Mild fish fillets get a boost of bold flavor in this recipe for Cajun Blackened Tilapia.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne, or more to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 8 tilapia fillets, 2 to 4 oz. each
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 338
  • fat 17 g
  • satfat 8 g
  • protein 43 g
  • carbohydrate 2 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 141 mg
  • sodium 558 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine pepper, cayenne, celery salt, paprika, garlic powder and thyme in a shallow bowl; mix well.

  2. Warm a large cast-iron skillet over high heat until hot. Brush fillets with butter and coat on both sides with spice mixture.

  3. Working in batches, cook fish, turning once, until blackened on both sides and flaky inside, 3 to 4 minutes total. Serve immediately.