Blackened Tilapia

For quick and easy dinners, I turn to tilapia.  It’s a good fish for people who don’t really like fish, because it isn’t overly fishy.  Still with me? Good.  One of the best things about tilapia is that it cooks very quickly- from start to finish, this took less than ten minutes to make.  Three of those minutes may or may not have been spent rummaging around in a cabinet looking for spices.  Making this tilapia for dinner meant more time to waste on Pinterest  organize the cabinets.

I did find this to be a little more spicy than most meals I make, but not so spicy that I didn’t enjoy it.  If you don’t like your food that hot, you can use a little less cayenne and that should do the trick.

Blackened Tilapia


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 (6 oz. each) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (use less if desired)
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


Preheat the broiler and spray a broiler pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Rub the olive oil evenly onto the tilapia fillets.

Mix together the cumin, salt, garlic powder, cayenne, and black pepper.

Sprinkle the mixture over the tilapia fillets.

Arrange the fillets on the broiler pan and broil for 5 minutes until fish flakes easily.

Makes 4 servings.

Source:  Cooking Light September 2009


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