Natalie's Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Tilapia

Flavor budget-friendly tilapia fillets with Cajun (or Creole) seasoning, dredge in flour and cornmeal, and pan fry for a quick-cooking weeknight meal. 

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Ingredients

  • 4 (4- to 6-oz.) tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning*
  • 3 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Garnish: fresh parsley sprig

Preparation

  1. 1. Sprinkle fillets with 1 tsp. seasoning. Combine remaining seasoning, flour, and cornmeal. Dredge fillets in flour mixture, shaking off excess.
  2. 2. Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add fillets, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork. Squeeze juice from lemon over fillets, and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.
  3. *Creole seasoning may be substituted.
  4. Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Chicken Breasts: Substitute 4 (8-oz.) skinned and boned chicken breasts for tilapia. Proceed with recipe as directed, cooking 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until done. Prep: 10 min., Cook: 16 min.
  5. Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Pork Chops: Substitute 4 (8-oz.) bone-in center-cut pork chops for tilapia. Proceed with recipe as directed, cooking 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until done. Prep: 10 min., Cook: 16 min.
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