Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce

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Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce – bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make meal cooks in 10 minutes! Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce | Zagleft

Guys!  We got a puppy!

He’s a real cutie and we’ve completely fallen in love.  As of now, his name is Tucker and it seems to fit.  We picked him up last Wednesday and he’s about 8 weeks old.  I had completely forgotten what life was like with newborn.  Seriously, puppies can be like babies with their separation anxiety at night.  I’m currently walking around in a zombie-like state, trying to focus long enough to write, bake and think.  Cute little Tucker has been keeping us up at night with his crying.  If you have any suggestions on how to help him feel better at night, I’d really love to know.

Tucker

During the day, he’s a bundle of energy.  He’s playful, so sweet and quite the charmer.  I think his favorite place in the world might be at my feet when I’m working at the computer.  I’ll have more about Tucker for you later, but for now I’m excited to share this flavor packed Blackened Tilapia with a creamy Cilantro Lime Sauce with you.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet because on a few hours sleep a night, words just don’t flow.

I made this delicious fish last weekend and my husband and daughter loved it.  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 with Cilantro Lime Sauce | Zagleft

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 with Cilantro Lime Sauce | Zagleft

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 | Zagleft
Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce - bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make meal cooks in 10 minutes!

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Seafood
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Joanie Zisk
Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. Combine the greek yogurt, cilantro, lime juice, chili flakes and salt in a food processor; process until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Combine the smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and pepper in a sall bowl. Sprinkle evenly over both sides of fish.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve over tortillas, if desired and top with cilantro lime sauce and avocado slices.

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52 COMMENTS


  1. 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.

    • 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 🙂


  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!


  7. 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.

    • 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!

  8. 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.!

    • 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!

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