This blackened tilapia recipe (Cajun fish) comes together quickly and serves well with rice, veggies, or salads to complete a weeknight meal.
We all have recipes and ingredients we often go to in order to create a quick easy meal. For us, it’s often this salmon, or this dijon salmon recipe, even this shrimp scampi, and of course our blackened tilapia.
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Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe
- Tilapia Fish – Feel free to double the recipe if you have more fish.
- N’Orleans Cajun seasoning – create an extra kick and spice.
- Coconut sugar – a healthier option than regular sugar. You may use brown sugar if desired. However, the coconut sugar does not alter the taste of the fish at all.
- Kosher salt and black pepper – Adds extra flavor and stabilize the sugar (be careful if using any type of salt with the Cajun Seasoning). Cajun seasoning already has salt.
- Olive oil – Although you may use vegetable oil or any oil. For this recipe I used olive oil to keep this meal on the lighter healthier side.
- Fresh lemon juice – Optional. This add a hint of acidic flavor to the fish.
The Tilapia fish is generously seasoned and if the ingredients are doubled, it can feed a large family.
How to make this blackened tilapia recipe – Cajun fish?
Below is the full recipe, but first, let me share with you a quick review on how to make this dish perfectly each time.
In a small bowl, mix together the all of the seasonings except the olive oil. Set aside.
Wash and pat dry the fish. And set on a plate.
Sprinkle the seasonings over the fish on both sides. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or place in the refrigerator if not using right away.
In a large skillet or nonstick pan, heat the olive oil. When pan is hot, add the fish and cook on both sides.
Repeat the steps with the remaining Tilapia fish. Serve warm and enjoy!
Tips for preparing and frying
Below are some of the frequently asked questions when preparing this dish.
- Can I prepare tilapia fish in advance? One of the reasons why I like tilapia and whiting is because they absorb flavor well. Yes, the fish can be prepared in advance. But personal preference, I like it freshly cooked.
- Will this recipe work with frozen tilapia? Yes, I recommend thawing out the fish prior to prepping it as the flavors will have a chance to be embedded in the fish.
- Is tilapia good for you? Tilapia is rich in protein and low in calories. It also contains niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium.
- Is Tilapia affordable? Yes, very much so. We often buy packages at Aldi for $5.99 per package. The package includes 6-8 individually packaged fish.
- Do I need to add butter to the oil? This is a personal preference. Although this recipe does not call for butter, you are welcome to add it to the oil.
If you love this blackened tilapia recipe, you should also try the air fryer fish and chips.
Blackened Tilapia Recipe – Cajun fish
- 4 Tilapia Fish
- 2 tablespoon N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning
- 2 tbsp. Coconut Sugar or brown sugar
- ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
- ½ tsp. Black Pepper
- 2 tbsp. Olive Oil
- Fresh lemon juice – Optional
- In a small bowl, mix together the N’Orleans Cajun seasoning, and all of the other spices. Set aside.
- Wash and pat dry the fish. And set on a plate.
- Sprinkle the seasoning over the fish. Turn the fish on the other side and season with the Cajun mix. Set aside. Make sure that the fish is well coated on both sides. Let sit for at least 10 minutes or place in the refrigerator if not using right away.
- In a large skillet or nonstick pan, heat the olive oil. When the pan is hot, add the fish and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Cook 2 at a time.
- Turn fish over and continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until fish is golden brown on both sides. Repeat the steps with the remaining 2 fish.
- Serve warm and enjoy with lemon!