Tilapia is not a fish I normally buy. I know people who really like tilapia but I am not one of them. To be quite honest I think it tastes like dirt. But in the quest to broaden my cooking abilities and learn something new I decided to try making a blackened tilapia, and surprisingly I really really enjoyed it!
To start with I made spice blend by mixing paprika, dry mustard, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, dried thyme, salt and pepper.
I then melted some butter and dipped my tilapia filets in the melted butter.
I rubbed the fish with the spices, shaking off the excess.
Then I placed in my hot cast iron pan, adding more butter on top of each piece of fish.
I let the fish cook for 2 minutes before flipping, adding more butter on each filet, and cooking another 2 minutes.
I removed from the pan and served immediately.
How did it taste? Well I have to say this is the first time I have ever enjoyed eating tilapia, and I am craving eating more of this. That spice blend is great on this fish! And it made a quick dinner to make, perfect to make for a busy weeknight!
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 2 tilapia filets, skin removed, around 6 oz each
- In a shallow bowl mix paprika, mustard, cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Place melted butter in another shallow bowl.
- Heat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Once hot dip each filet in the butter then coat in the spice blend, shaking off the excess. Place the filets in the skillet and spoon half of the remaining butter onto the fish.
- Cook for 2 minutes, flip and spoon the rest of the butter onto the fish. Cook an additional 2 minutes and serve.
- serves 2