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Blackened Tilapia Recipe – Easy, Quick, Healthy

Need a quick and easy meal that’s healthy? This blackened tilapia is a mouth pleaser and ready in just 10 minutes.

blackened tilapia recipe

I’ve never heard anyone say, “I don’t want to be healthier”. I’ve heard (and said), “I don’t like a lot of healthy foods” many times though. It’s hard to eat healthy when the majority of the foods that are good for you are foods you can’t bring yourself to eat. I’m horrible about that. I’m incredibly picky but I’m at that point in my life when I realize my health needs far outweigh my food biases. Not to mention I’m cooking for my grandmother too, who requires more heart-healthy foods than she’s been eating. 

blackened tilapia recipe

One of my least favorite foods just happens to be one of the best for you. Fish. I hate fish with a fiery passion and always have. I was forced to eat so much of it growing up that I don’t even remember if it’s the taste, the texture, or just the idea that I hate. But, alas, healthy trumps hate. So, I’ve been playing around with some healthy fish recipes and found one that I actually kind of love. And my grandmother does too (she dislikes fish almost as much as I do.) She even asked for seconds and suggested I make it often. 

blackened tilapia recipe
blackened tilapia recipe

The fish I used was Tilapia. It’s a mild, flaky fish that doesn’t have that strong fishy flavor that turns so many off of fish dishes. I picked up a bag of frozen fillets from Walmart and let two of them thaw in the refrigerator overnight. From there, it was just a matter of heating the frying pan, measuring out the blackening seasonings, rubbing the seasoning on the tilapia, and cooking the fish.

blackened tilapia recipe
blackened tilapia recipe

Keto Blackened Tilapia

This was by far one of the quickest and easiest meals I’ve made in a while. Plus, it’s 100% Keto approved! I served ours with baby red potatoes, but you can easily omit those to keep it Keto. This blackening seasoning can be made in advance and used for other types of fish, meat, and even vegetables! I made a big batch so I always have some on hand. 

blackened tilapia recipe

Blackened Tilapia

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tilapia filets


    Combine spices in a small bowl or deep dish. 

    Rub blackening seasoning blend over each tilapia filet, pressing gently to make sure the coating sticks.

    Heat oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add tilapia and cook until a crust forms on the bottom; about 4 minutes. Flip and repeat with the other side. Fry another 4 minutes or until both sides have a crisp crust.

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