Blackened Tilapia

My fish used to be served with a more than healthy dose of tartar sauce just to make sure I didn’t taste any hint of a fishy flavor(not that tilapia really has any anyways).  The first time I tried this blackened tilapia I was surprised to notice at the end of dinner I had not even

touched my heaping pile of tartar sauce.  The seasoning on this tilapia is seriously amazing and it would be a crime to drown it out with tartar sauce.  Looks like I can leave the tartar sauce in the fridge from now on, or even at the store for that matter.  Tilapia is such a quick healthy dinner.  The tilapia itself cooks up really quick and the seasoning mix takes less than 5 minutes to mix up.  You can even double or triple the seasoning mix and store the extra in an airtight container in your spice cupboard to save you some time on the next go around.  Oh and don’t be afraid of the cayenne pepper in the mix.  It adds just a hint of heat to the mix, but not to much. My kids love it and will usually even ask for seconds.

Blackened Tilapia
2 Tablespoons Paprika
2 Teaspoons Kosher Salt
2 Teaspoons Lemon Pepper
1 and 1/2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1 Teaspoon Dried Basil Leaves
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
6 Tilapia Fillets
8 Tablespoons Butter, divided
In a small mixing bowl add and mix together all of the dry seasoning ingredients.  Melt 6 tablespoons of the butter in a shallow dish big enough to dip each tilapia fillet in.  Add the other 2 tablespoons of butter to a large frying pan and heat to medium.  Dip each fillet into the shallow dish of butter.  Rub the seasoning mix on both sides of each fillet.  Place in the heated pan and cook each side for 3-5 minutes or until thoroughly cooked and the fish flakes apart easily with a fork.  Enjoy!

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