Who here ate too much Halloween candy this year? I sure did! We had a lot of trick or treaters, but they barely made a dent in our Costco-sized bag of mixed Fun-sized candy bars. I also decided to throw some Kashi trail mix bars we weren’t eating in to the basket for the kids to take if they were actually interested in eating healthy on Halloween, and just about every kid took one! Weird kids these days, I tell ya!
gorging ourselves enjoying a little more of the leftover candy than we should have this past week, we were ready for this light, healthy fish!
This recipe originally came from gimmesomeoven.com. My version uses Old Bay seasoning, which is a type of cajun seasoning, and is basically the greatest seasoning ever! If you don’t want to buy Old Bay brand, any cajun seasoning will work, but Old Bay is the best, in my opinion. Seriously… use it in just about anything and people will go nuts and say it’s the best they’ve ever tasted. I’ve used it in Chex Mix, chili, black bean soup, veggie dip, shrimp scampi, Alfredo sauce, bloody Marys, on popcorn… I could go on all day. It is a bit too spicy to use by itself, so I “watered” it down a bit with oregano, garlic and thyme. The results were fabulous… we wolfed our fish right down!
You are going to use a LOT of seasoning for this recipe. The tilapia fillets will be coated, but the flavor won’t be too strong once cooked because the seasonings will be blackened. I used about a tablespoon of seasoning per fillet.
I served this with a side of oven sweet potato fries. The recipe for those is on my old recipe blog here. This link gives you a recipe for Old Bay mayo dipping sauce too 🙂 I also made a side of steamed mixed green beans and carrots with butter, salt and pepper. You don’t need anything too elaborate to pair with this fish, as it is quite flavorful. A side of dirty rice and collard greens might have been nice too though!
If you have one, use a cast iron skillet. If you don’t that’s ok, just get your skillet and oil as hot as you can before you add the fish.
To make this recipe paleo, swap the olive oil for coconut oil.
10-Minute Blackened Cajun Tilapia
- 4 Tilapia Fillets
- 1/4 cup Old Bay or other cajun seasoning
- 1 T garlic powder
- 1 T dried oregano leaf
- 1 T dried thyme
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
In small bowl, combine Old Bay seasoning, garlic, oregano, thyme, and salt. Spread seasoning in bottom of pie dish or other shallow dish. Brush tilapia fillets with olive oil. Dredge both sides of each tilapia fillet in seasoning. Heat oil in large frying pan over high heat. When pan is hot, cook tilapia fillets over high heat 3 minutes on each side until fish is opaque and flaky. Remove from pan and server immediately after cooking.