10-Minute Blackened Tilapia


Do you have a quick “go-to” dinner recipe?  A fallback for when you arrive home from work uber-exhausted, and just want to whip up something healthy and delicious in a snap??  Well any roommate of mine who’s heard the oil start sizzling in the skillet minutes after I walk in the door will tell you I undoubtedly have a favorite: blackened tilapia.  It’s true — I make this all the time, but have yet to ever tire of it!

The beauty of this recipe is that, especially if you can mix together a batch of the blackening powder beforehand to have ready in the cabinet, it truly is super-speedy to cook.  And, it’s super-healthy.  And, you get a ton of flavor for minimal calories.  And…it’s the fish that Jesus ate!  :)  (Heard our pastor mention a few years back that scholars believe this to be true, since apparently tilapia are plentiful in the Sea of Galilee.  Go figure!)

While it can easily stand on its own, you could also serve this recipe topped with creamy sauce to balance out the spice.  (For some reason I’ve never been a fan, but know that many are!)  Or, it works fantastically in fish tacos or on sandwiches.

My favorite method to turn this into a 10-minute meal, however, is to cut up and stir-fry whatever veggies I have on hand simultaneously in another skillet.  Then, cut up some fresh fruit to go on the side – and voila!  A very yummy dinner is served.  :)



10-Minute Blackened Tilapia

This 10-minute blackened tilapia is one of my go-to weeknight meals!


Tilapia filets:

  • Vegetable Oil

Blackening Powder Recipe:

  • 1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp. thyme
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. oregano
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper


Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl to create blackening powder. Then moisten the sides of each tilapia filet (either with water or cooking spray), and coat with blackening powder. (I generally use about 1 Tbsp. powder per filet.)

Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil per filet in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is almost smoking, add filets and cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until fish is opaque and can be flaked with a fork. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

At the risk of undermining my own recipe (clearly not a big concern of mine :-)), I feel that I absolutely must give a recommendation for my favorite blackening powder in the world.  It can be found at none other than our local Planters, located down in the River Market for all you KC locals.  Thankfully for others, it's also available for order online!  Seriously, this stuff is fantastic .  I've given it to countless friends and family members who love to cook, and everyone has said hands-down it's the best they've ever tasted.  Like any blackening powder, it's also great on any other meats or seafood, veggies, pita chips, guacamole...you name it!

If you make this recipe, be sure to snap a photo and hashtag it #gimmesomeoven. I'd love to see what you cook!


Leave a Comment:


  1. Janelle — July 30, 2009 @ 11:13 pm (#)

    Very good to know. We’ve got a lot of tilapia in our freezer. We’ll have to try this. W.W.J.E.? – tilapia, of course!

  2. Bonnie Beuning — July 31, 2009 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    The photo all by its lonesome made me even more hungry than I already was. Beautiful blog!

  3. Christin Howard — September 19, 2009 @ 5:03 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness, absolutely delicious! It is just full of flavor. I hope this isn’t a tilapia fopue, but I made this for me while Jamie grilled brats and I wanted to seem like I was grilling out too…so I put the tilapia on a hot dog bun with a bit a mayo and it was awesome :)

  4. Ava — January 25, 2010 @ 1:58 pm (#)

    Do you know the recipe for creating a quick cream sauce that can be added to the blacken tilapia recipe?

    • ali — January 25th, 2010 @ 10:32 pm

      Hi Ava!

      Hmmm…one easy idea is to just do a mayo sauce. (1 cup mayo, plus maybe some lime juice and cilantro. Or lemon and flat-leaf parsley.) Or you could combine mayo and sour cream (or yogurt!) and do the same.

      Or for a sauce with actual cream (or milk), just make a roux by sauteeing 2 Tbsp. butter and 2 Tbsp. flour together in a saucepan over medium-heat until well-blended. Then gradually add 1 cup of milk (or cream), and continue stirring fairly often until the mixture is brought to a simmer. Maintain the simmer until the sauce thickens. And feel free to add in some herbs (thyme, paprika, or whatever sounds good), plus salt and pepper. :)

      And a dash of hot sauce always seems to make any creamy sauces better in my opinion.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy!


  5. Lisa Hodge — October 5, 2011 @ 9:03 am (#)

    This was a delicious recipe. Thanks for submitting it!

  6. Chuck Evans — March 17, 2012 @ 4:51 pm (#)

    Delicious and so simple..love Tilapia!

  7. Karen — July 20, 2012 @ 9:37 pm (#)

    Tried this tonight and it was delish! The hubs and son loved it. Had asparagus with it.

  8. Vickie — July 22, 2012 @ 6:49 pm (#)

    Going to have to try this. We love Talapia, so looking for new recipes for it.
    Thanks for the post.

  9. Rickann — August 21, 2012 @ 2:43 pm (#)

    What brand is the blackening powder?

  10. Jennifer — August 27, 2012 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    What is the name of the blackening powder you talk about?

  11. Scott L — February 2, 2013 @ 6:51 pm (#)

    Right on! I have struggled for years to make good blackened fish, I followed your recipe to the ‘T’ (ok that’s a lie: I had no Thyme and I subbed Chile powder for the ground red pepper), and it was awesome!!!

    Quick, easy, delicious and healthy…me and the Mrs. thank you Ali!

  12. gwiazdy tv — February 9, 2013 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    I do agree with all the ideas you’ve presented in your post. They’re very convincing and will definitely work. Still, the posts are very short for starters. Could you please extend them a little from next time? Thanks for the post.

  13. Joann — October 13, 2013 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    What is the name of the Blackened seasoning you can buy online you like so good. You did not put it in your message.

  14. Joann — October 13, 2013 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    Do you have a good dill sauce to use with Salmon and Tilapia.. I think it would be good with either.

  15. Jo Ann — October 25, 2013 @ 7:52 am (#)

    This is the best Blackened Seasoning I have found. I found one for Salmon that is close to this one but a little different. But this one is also very good on Salmon also
    Thanks for this one

  16. Julie — November 16, 2013 @ 4:26 pm (#)

    I don’t cook, but this was soooo easy. If you like New Orleans style “blackened”, which is peppery, hot, and kills any fishy flavors, this is the recipe for you. Thank you.

  17. Susan Cooper — July 11, 2014 @ 6:23 pm (#)

    I made this tonight and it was truly delicious. Wrote it on a card and it’s in my recipe box for good. Thanks!

  18. Nicole — September 13, 2014 @ 8:10 pm (#)

    Tonight was the first time I’ve ever make blackened tilapia I felt that this was a good recipe to use, the recipe was very easy..unfortunately I was little disappointed. It’s was a little too spicy for me..and I can handle some pretty spicy foods. But I did scrape off some of the seasoning to make it a bit more manageable to eat. But I do commend you for sharing your inspirational recipes for the us cooks out here. Don’t knock it til you try it.

  19. Angeles — October 22, 2014 @ 11:43 am (#)

    I loved that this was so easy to make – so thank you! My boyfriend and I did however find it a bit salty. I think next time I will omit the salt or do less salt. Other than that it was good! Also, thanks for the recommendation on the blackening powder. I am definitely going to give it a try. 

  20. Amy — February 18, 2015 @ 5:36 pm (#)

    My husband said this was in the “Top 2” Tilapia dishes I’ve made for him. He said that it brought him back to visiting family in the Key West. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe. :)

  21. tiffany — April 4, 2015 @ 11:41 am (#)

    this sounds yummy but quick question, has anyone tried frying it with olive oil instead of vegetable oil?


  22. Evelyn Reyna — May 25, 2015 @ 6:50 pm (#)

    One of THE best recipes ever.  Thanks for sharing.   Husband loved it very much.   Thank you 

    • Ali — May 26th, 2015 @ 8:06 am

      Thank you, Evelyn! So happy it was a hit with you and your husband!

  23. Tami — November 30, 2016 @ 5:28 pm (#)

    Wonderful it was delish!!!!’

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 7th, 2016 @ 9:17 pm

      We’re so glad to hear that, Tami!

    • Hayley @ Gimme Some Oven — December 9th, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Tami!


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