10-Minute Blackened Tilapia

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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. :)


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10-Minute Blackened Tilapia

  • Prep Time: 4 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


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


  1. 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.)
  2. 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.


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71 comments on “10-Minute Blackened Tilapia”

  1. Only had regular paprika, omitted salt and used olive oil instead of vegetable oil which caused too much smoke but fish turned out delicious! Only needed about 2 minutes on the 2nd side

  2. Added a tsp or old bay and it was perfect!

  3. Absolutely phenomenal. The only thing I was missing was onion powder – that tin at the back of my cabinet had long since expired. I will definitely be making this again during Lent.

  4. This is one of my new fav recipes. I added mine on top of a salad and it was incredible!

  5. Awesome – fast and tasty! Everyone (family) ate it and liked it. Thanks.

  6. Great recipe and so easy! I’ve started making this at least once a week! Great way to enjoy fish in my diet. I used sesame oil instead of vegetable oil.

  7. Tried this tonight. Was really good but needs a bit of heat IMHO but good. Fried some and baked some cause we rarely eat anything fried. Both came out awesome! Definitely will be doing this again!

  8. This turned out amazing!! Two thumbs up!!!!

  9. Very good and is my 2nd time making Blackened Fish. I must cook again soon. Very soon. Today I made toast tacos and tomorrow, something. Healthy and lite.

  10. This recipe is great! Family loved!! I also added a tsp of Old Bay to add some extra flavor.

  11. Real easy to make and I loved it, I’ll definitely have it as one of my go to recipes from now!

  12. Let me tell ya, I’m no cook but I nailed this simple yet very delicious recipe, thank you for sharing!!