Hands-On Time
15 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1 cup polenta)

Discover the wonders of smoked paprika with this easy and economical fish dinner. Creamy polenta complements the full-flavored fish.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare polenta, bring milk to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually add polenta, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce heat, and cook 5 minutes or until thick, stirring constantly; stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Remove from heat. Stir in cheese; cover and keep warm.

Step 2

To prepare the fish, heat a large nonstick grill pan over medium-high heat. Combine oil, paprika, garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper in a bowl, stirring well. Rub fish evenly with oil mixture. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add fish to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.

Chef's Notes

The tilapia can be prepared either in a grill pan on the stove or over the coals on an outdoor grill.

Ratings & Reviews

daneanp's Review

June 26, 2014
I only made the fish part - it was easy and good from the grill.

Carrieg1's Review

April 23, 2014

bea711's Review

April 03, 2014
I make this dish constantly. I love it. It's light and healthy and easy. I serve it with a side of steamed vegetables and I am very happy person!

sukeedog's Review

March 09, 2014

adluethi84's Review

January 14, 2014
Don't like the seasoning mixture, too much paprika

jpgloor's Review

January 12, 2014
Served with grilled vegetable salad instead of polenta. Very good.

KarenWard's Review

October 14, 2013
Very quick to put together and the fish had a nice smoky flavor. I used the pumpkin-sage polenta recipe instead of the plain one since many said it was too dull. The pumpkin-sage polenta went nicely with the fish. I will make this again for sure.

PenelopeSophia's Review

February 21, 2013
Family loved it. Took longer to find the recipe than it did to actually prepare everything. Within 10mins, had the tilapia, cheesy grits (didn't have actual polenta), and steamed broccoli done. Everyone (including my godson) love it all.

ciderbaby3's Review

February 21, 2013

socorro411's Review

November 12, 2012
Good tasty and super easy.