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Photo: Julie Bidwell; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps

Cajun Blackened Tilapia

Mild fish fillets get a boost of bold flavor in this recipe for Cajun Blackened Tilapia.

All You OCTOBER 2013

  • Yield: Serves: 4
  • Cook time:8 Minutes
  • Prep time:5 Minutes
  • Cost Per Serving:$2.64


  • 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


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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 338
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 8g
  • Protein: 43g
  • Carbohydrate: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 141mg
  • Sodium: 558mg

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