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I’ve never been the biggest fish fan.  However, over the past couple of years, I have been giving it another try.  I have come to find that tilapia is one of my favorites- it’s light and doesn’t have a fishy flavor.  So, when I came across this recipe, I decided to give it a shot! It was a hit and I served it with garlic/lemon brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes.  I can’t wait to experiment with different ways to fix up tilapia!

Oven Baked Blackened Tilapia

(original source)

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 2 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 T Paprika
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 t black pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 t cayenne pepper
  • 1 t thyme
  • 1 t oregano
  • 1/2 t garlic powder

What to do:

  • Preheat oven to 425 convection. Combine 3 T paprika, 1 t salt, 1 T onion powder,1 t black pepper, 1/2 to 1 t cayenne pepper, 1 t dry thyme, 1 t dry oregano and 1/2 t garlic powder.
  • Line a sheet pan with foil and add 2 T olive oil. Brush it over the foil in any area that will have fish.
  • Rinse and pat dry 1 pound of tilapia. Brush with olive oil. Cover the fillets with the spices and rub it in (both sides).
  • Place on the oiled pan and give a light spray of PAM. Place in the preheated oven.
  • If you want a homemade tarter sauce, combine 1/3 cup mayo, 2 t lemon juice, 1 t sweet pickle relish and 1/4 t onion powder. Mix well.
  • Cook until nicely brown and flaky. This is about 10-11 minutes for big fillets and a minute or two less for small to medium fillets.