This Blackened Tilapia Fish recipe is ready in under 10 minutes. The tilapia is generously seasoned, and once cooked becomes so flavorful and flaky. Enjoy the fish with a side of mashed potatoes.

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Blackened tilapia fish recipe in a skillet with lemon and fresh herbs.

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This tilapia dish is not only easy and quick to make, it feels like you’re enjoying a fancy meal. The seasoning adds so much flavor to the rather bland fish. It’s a great recipe to make when you are busy and need a quick dinner.

how to cook tilapia fillets?

Tilapia is so easy to prepare. It can either be broiled, baked or cooked in a pan. Regardless of how you cook it, the blackened tilapia is usually cooked in under 10 minutes.

Blackened Tilapia fish in a skillet topped with fresh herbs and lemon juice.

how to make blackened tilapia in a skillet?

  • Combine all of the ingredients for the seasoning.
  • Generously season the tilapia on both sides.
  • Heat butter and oil in a skillet.
  • Cook the tilapia.
  • ENJOY!
Seasoned tilapia stacked on each other in a white bowl.

can I prepare blackened tilapia in advance?

Yes, you season the tilapia several hours in advance and refrigerate it until it’s ready to be cooked. This makes for a really easy dinner.

can I substitute tilapia?

If you don’t like tilapia or don’t have it on hand, any white fish will work in this recipe. The cooking time may slightly vary depending on the fish you use and the thickness of it.

Tilapia fish with rice and sautéed vegetables in a white bowl with a metal spoon.

what can you serve with tilapia?

You can serve this fish with just about any side. Mashed potatoes, rice or even a side of pasta will all work great. Serve with a side salad to complete the meal.

can I cook frozen tilapia?

No, you cannot cook frozen tilapia. Since the fish cooks really quick, it must be thawed or else the outsides will burn while the inside of the fish will be uncooked.

Up close picture of blackened tilapia fish with fresh chopped herbs.

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Blackened Tilapia Fish Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Tilapia Fish recipe ready in under 10 minutes. The tilapia is seasoned and once cooked becomes so flavorful and flaky
Prep Time: 6 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 4 servings




  • In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the seasoning. 
  • Pat dry the tilapia fillets.
  • Season both sides of the fillets.
  • In a large skillet, over med/high heat, add oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add tilapia fillets and cook  2-4 minutes, per side until the fillets are flakey and cooked. 
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 23gFat: 2gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 352mgPotassium: 409mgVitamin A: 1255IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 17mgIron: 1.2mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)