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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.

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.  

Why This Recipe Works

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

Ingredient Notes

See recipes box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Creamy cilantro lime sauce ingredients: Plain greek yogurt (or sour cream), cilantro, lime juice, chili flakes and salt.
  • Seasonings: Smoked paprika, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt and black pepper.
  • Tilapia: I used 4 tilapia fillets.
  • Oil: I use canola oil, but vegetable oil works just fine.
  • Tortilla (optional): If you wanted to make fish tacos, flour or corn tortillas would be perfect.
  • Avocado (optional): As an optional topping.
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

How To Make This Recipe

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 a large skillet and cook for about 3 minutes per side.

For the creamy cilantro lime sauce: Combine the greek yogurt (or sour cream), cilantro, lime juice, chili flakes and salt in a food processor; process until smooth.

Expert Tips

  • If your fish is frozen, allow enough time for it to thaw, covered, in the refrigerator. For faster thawing, transfer the fish to a resealable plastic bag and submerge in a bowl of cold water. Change the water every 30 minutes until thawed.
  • If you don’t have any tortillas on hand and you would like to make your own, you can follow our small batch Flour Tortillas recipe on our One Dish Kitchen site.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Blackened Seasoning?

Blackened seasoning is a flavorful combination of seasonings used to create a delightful crust on fish, chicken, and other meats. I use a combination of smoked paprika, dried oregano, garlic powder, cumin, salt, and black pepper.  

What Wine Pairs Well With Blackened Tilapia?

The blackened tilapia pairs well with a light red wine such as a Pinot Noir. If you prefer white wine, try a light Sauvignon Blanc.

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

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy!


Blackened Tilapia With Cilantro Lime Sauce

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Blackened Tilapia with Cilantro Lime Sauce – bursting with flavor, this easy-to-make meal cooks in 10 minutes!

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 

  • 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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  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. 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 🙂