Tuesday, December 11, 2012

10-Minute Blackened Tilapia Recipe

Review by Lyndee:

Tilapia filets
Vegetable Oil
Blackening Powder Recipe

Blackening powder recipe:
1 Tbsp. smoked paprika
2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl to create blackening powder. Then moisten the sides of each tilapia filet (either with water or cooking spray), and coat with blackening powder. (I generally use about 1 Tbsp. powder per filet.)

Heat 1 Tbsp. of oil per filet in a skillet over medium-high heat. Once oil is almost smoking, add filets and cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until fish is opaque and can be flaked with a fork. Remove from pan and serve immediately.

The verdict:
I didn’t want to fry my fish so I opted to bake it for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.  I think something got lost in translation here.  The fish was good but super spicy. I had to scrap off some of the seasoning and I'm a pretty big fan of spicy.  Maybe I needed more tilapia than the recipe called for?  The original recipe didn’t list size or pounds.  I think not frying it is what made the powdery seasoning so thick.  Had I fried it, some of that would’ve come off and been crispier.  Perhaps I could try broiling it?  Again, the flavor was good just a bit much in this manner.  On the bright side, it was cheap and super easy so I will probably try this again and either fry as directed or broil.  

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