Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce - bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make meal cooks in 10 minutes! Blackened Tilapia topped with Cilantro Lime Sauce and three avocado slices on a bed of asparagus on a large plate next to half of an avocado and two limes on a small plate

Coming from New Orleans, I am quite familiar with blackened fish because it can be found on just about every menu in the city.  The name comes from the bold rub that fragrantly flavors the fish and becomes dark, or blackened when it cooks.

Blackened Tilapia topped with Cilantro Lime Sauce and three avocado slices on a bed of asparagus on a large plate

For the rub, I use a combination of smoked paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt and black pepper.  I mix the spices together and rub the mixture onto both sides of the tilapia.  Then, I place the fillets in large skillet and cook for about 3 minutes per side.

This meal is such an easy one to prepare and comes together in 10 minutes.  It's healthy, low in calories and so flavorful.  I make up a quick creamy cilantro lime sauce in my food processor that compliments the spiciness of the fish.

Blackened Tilapia topped with Cilantro Lime Sauce and three avocado slices on a bed of asparagus on a large plate next to a glass and bottle of white wine

Since my husband and I are watching our carbs, I served our tilapia over roasted asparagus.  For our daughter, I served hers on a tortilla and garnished with the sauce, cheese and avocado slices.  We paired out tilapia with a fruity Pinot Blanc.

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Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce - bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make meal cooks in 10 minutes!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Seafood
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves , loosely packed
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • tortillas (optional)
  • 1 avocado , peeled and sliced (optional)


  • Combine the greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, chili flakes and salt in a food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
  • Combine the smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a sall bowl. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of fish.
  • Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  • Serve over tortillas, if desired and top with cilantro lime sauce and avocado slices.

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52 thoughts on “Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce”

  1. This Talapia recipe was awesome. We had it withe the tortillas as a fish taco. Yummy! My entire family loved it. We are not a seafood eating family and all were happy. My son even said… good chicken mom.!

    1. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe and that your son especially enjoyed it. Thank you so much for letting me know, you totally made my day!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Joanie, Loving your recipes and keeping them in my file to use – beautiful images making me want to get to it now.
    And, Tucker is adorable – when I had a puppy and an older dog, the puppy slept right on her and was happy at nights
    But, someone told me to put a wind up clock in their bed with them at night to help them feel more secure.

    1. Thank you so much, Donna. I really appreciate your kind words. A wind up clock is a great idea and I remember doing that with another dog a long time ago – I had completely forgotton about that. I’m going to pick one up and see if it helps. Thanks, again!

  3. Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me

    How could you not fall in love with that face? Tucker is adorable and this dinner looks amazing!

  4. Tucker is adorable! My girls keep asking for a puppy. I guess my husband and I are just trying to gear up for all of the work and energy puppies take. 🙂
    And that tilapia looks SO TASTY! Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Brooke. Puppies are fun but you’re right, they’re a lot of work. Right now, Tucker is into everything – just like a toddler 🙂

  5. He’s beyond adorable!! That face! I’d never stop hugging him!

    This fish sounds absolutely amazing! TWO please!!

  6. Olya @ The Siberian American

    Oh my goodness-what an adorable puppy! That tilapia looks amazing, too! 🙂

  7. Miranda @ Miranda Writes Blog

    Tilapia is one of my favorites! Cilantro and lime made everything better. Looks delicious!

    1. I agree, Miranda. I can’t get enough of the cilantro lime combination. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Renée ♥ The Good Hearted Woman

    We eat a lot of fish, and I am always looking for new ways to prepare it, so thanks so much for this recipe. I love the idea of serving on asparagus too! This looks delicious, and I already have a bottle of homemade cilantro lime sauce in the fridge, so Hello Dinner!

  9. 5 stars
    OMG- your puppy!!! So SO cute! And I always see tilapia in the store but never get any because I had no idea how to cook it haha… so now I’ll give it a go!

    1. Definitely try it, Chelsea. It cooks so quickly and is delicious. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  10. Cilantro and lime are one of my top favorite combos for food:) this recipe looks delicious and perfect for summer nights!

    1. Thanks, Joanna. It’s a favorite combination of mine too. This dish comes together so quickly, it really is perfect for summer evenings.

  11. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files

    Your pup! So darn cute! And blackened tilapia sounds amazing! It would be a hit around our house for sure!

  12. Maegan @thebakermama

    Oh my cuteness! Little Tucker is adorable. I remember those sleepless nights when our dogs were pups…just like having a newborn. We put a box fan near their crates during those early days to help calm them and block out some of the crying for us. It worked pretty quickly, from what I can remember.

    This tilapia looks amazing! All the flavors going on make my mouth water. Can’t wait to try it!

  13. 5 stars
    Sorry to hear about little Tucker and hope he adjusts to his new surroundings soon. Now to the food, love the rub you used and am sure it added a lot of flavor! I have to try this soon! Pinned.

  14. Jennifer Stewart

    Tilapia is the only fish I can get where I am that is fresh! Can’t believe that being so close to the coast but Kroger here sucks. At least I now have a good recipe for it! Thanks!

  15. Joy @ Joy Love Food

    I love tilapia, this sounds like a wonderful preparation! Your new puppy is adorable, congrats!

  16. 5 stars
    Mmmm!!!!!! At Whole Foods they used to make BLACKENED Catfish – MY FAVORITE! But they have since switched to Tilapia!! Gunna start LOADING UP! 😉

  17. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Awww, he just melts my heart. If he is anything like my Golden, he will be super happy (and shed a lot!) This tilapia looks amazing and super simple!

    1. Thanks, Kacey. Labs are such good-natured dogs, we can already see his sweetness in his personality.

  18. Sarah @ Play 2 Learn with Sarah

    5 stars
    This blackened tilapia looks amazing….of course you had me with the avocados! And the new pup is adorable…they are a lot work, but they love you unconditionally!

  19. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    5 stars
    That looks seriously delicious! We’ll definitely be trying it! And Tucker is adorable! When we got our puppy a few years back, he just wanted to snuggle and he slept with us like a cat would, tucked under your arm. Now he usually sleeps at the foot of the bed (he’s a big boy now, German Shepard – Golden mix) or on the rug next to the bed. He also has a crate that he loves…but at night he never did the crate.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. We’re learning as we go with Tucker. He’s doing better with the crate at night and we moved him into our room which has helped. He may end up sleeping at the foot of our bed too 🙂

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