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Blackened Tilapia

Easy Blackened Tilapia

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This blackened tilapia recipe comes together in 15 minutes with big flavor! Each tender bite is loaded with spices.


  • 4 4-ounce tilapia fillets, (wild caught if possible)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (or more olive oil for dairy free)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus one drizzle
    ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons homemade Blackened Seasoning (or purchased seasoning)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. Pat the tilapia dry with a clean towel. Rub it with a drizzle of oil and sprinkle it with the kosher salt and blackened seasoning.
  2. Heat a large skillet (not non-stick*) over medium high heat and add the butter and olive oil. 
  3. When butter is melted, add the tilapia and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until cooked about halfway to the center of the thickest part.
  4. Flip the tilapia (a fish spatula makes easy work of it). Tilt the pan down slightly and quickly spoon the pan juices over the top of the fish a few times. Cook for 2 to 5 minutes, depending on the thickness, until just tender and starting to flake (the internal temperature should be between 140 Fahrenheit in the center when removed). Remove from the heat and serve, spritzed with lemon wedges. 


*You’ll get the best sear from a stainless steel or cast iron skillet.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free