Blackened Tilapia means big flavor with little effort. This homemade blend of spices is sure to wow and the fish cooks in just minutes in a hot skillet.
Total Cost: $4.19 reicpe / $1.05 serving
Author: Beth - Budget Bytes
Freshly cracked pepper, about 20 cranks of a pepper mill$0.05
4- 4 oz eachtilapia filets$3.33
In a small bowl, combine the paprika, cumin, thyme, oregano, cayenne, garlic, salt, and pepper. Liberally coat both sides of each tilapia filet with the spices. The moisture from the filet will help the spices adhere. If the fish is very wet, pat it dry with a paper towel before beginning, so that it is just damp.
Melt 1 Tbsp of butter in a skillet over medium heat until it begins to foam. Add two of the fish filets at a time and cook for about two minutes on each side, or until the spices have turned a deep burgundy color and the fish is cooked through. Repeat with the second two filets, adding more butter before beginning, if needed. Serve hot.
If smoked paprika is not available, spicy or sweet paprika may be used in its place.If you prefer a spicier fish, increase the cayenne pepper to 1/2 tsp.