Spicy Blackened Tilapia

I’m trying to be adventurous.  I’m a fairly picky eater and I tend to stay away from meats and fish, but I’ve been trying to branch out.  When my boyfriend orders meat or seafood at a restaurant, I’ll try a bite.  It’s a big step for me.  Usually I’m not a huge fan of what he orders, but most things are not as bad as I remember them being.  To take my adventures in eating new foods even further, I decided to prepare fish for lunch today.  Fish is a healthier meat than red meat like burgers or steak so I figured if I was going to try to make meat, it might as well be a healthy type.

The fish wasn’t so bad.  I used a lot of spices to make a sort of “blackened tilapia,” so the flavor of the fish was somewhat masked.  Baby steps are a good thing, I think.  So I’m here to present to you today, Spicy Tilapia: A Fish Recipe Told by a Vegetarian.  Basically this is a beginner’s guide to cooking fish.  I’m new at it, but I can do it so you can too!

Spicy Blackened Tilapia

Inactive Time 10 minutes

Active Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 tilapia filets

Spicy Blackened Tilapia


  • 2 tilapia filets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chipotle powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • peanut sauce


  1. Combine the paprika, chipotle powder, garlic powder, and thyme in a small bowl and mix to blend together. Coat both sides of both tilapia with the spice mixture. Allow to rest for about 10 minutes. H
  2. eat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, place both tilapia in the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes then flip gently and cook the other side for 2-3 minutes. The fish is done when the center is white and opaque. No part of it should be translucent. The fish will break apart easily when cooked so be careful when placing it on a plate.
  3. Serve with peanut sauce drizzled over the top. Enjoy immediately with veggies and/or pasta with the peanut sauce and don't forget to go for second helpings!

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