With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Tilapia

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Surprisingly good, was my reaction! I love, love, love most all foods with few exceptions. I love shellfish... shrimp, crab, lobster. But fish... ugh... even so-called mild fish... it just always tastes... well, fishy!

My husband and kids love all kinds of fish and serve it often. I have to turn the other way when they slurp down oysters and muscles and other nasty looking ocean stuff. So, when I found a package of individually wrapped Tilapia for a very inexpensive price in the frozen section of the grocery store, I reluctantly put it in my cart.
After a fast and easy preparation and just a few minutes in a grill pan, there sat what looked and smelled rather appetizing... even, do I dare say, inviting.
I served it with a lemon pasta dish, asparagus and crusty bread and planned on leaving the Tilapia for my husband.
(See, I didn't even dress the plate with pretty lemon slices and sprigs of parsley 'cause I never thought I'd be posting this recipe)

My senses thought...
hmmm... well... maybe I should give it another chance... after all, I am trying to add more healthy omega-whatever to my diet. I'll just take a tiny piece of the golden, crusty edge just to sample it...

and... i liked it. a lot.

Here is the very easy recipe:

Blackened Tilapia
4-6 tilapia
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground red pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried, crushed basil
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 cup unsalted butter, melted (I used far less)

Heat iron skillet (I used a grill pan) on high 5 minutes. Mix all seasonings in a bowl. Dip fillets in melted butter and coat with seasonings. Place fillets in hot skillet and cook 2 minutes on each side.


Mildred said...

The tilapia sounds/looks delicious. Like you, I am not a huge fan of fish, but I like the mild taste and texture of tilapia. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Blessings to you this Autumn day.

marie said...

I love tilapia ~ we enjoy it a few times a month! I love having a new recipe to try it with.

Janice said...

That looks delicious, I'm one of those people who love fish, seafood all those crustaceans too. Never heard of this fish, we probably don't have it in our seas!

Mrs. Michele B said...

Your blog is beautiful! (o:

I'm not a big fan of fish either, even the so-called "mild" ones. But you have inspired me to give it another go because it is healthy and my husband likes it.--I think I'm going to try your recipe, thank you for posting about this. (o:

Many Blessings,

Liz said...

I love tilapia! My mom refused to cook or eat fish when I was growing up for the same reason.She thought is was fishy smelling and tasting! I made tilapia for her a few years ago ad she now loves it! Thanks for sharing this recipe.I am definitely going to bemaking it in the future.Thank you for stopping by my blog! I am blessed by each and every comment and visit.Have a God filled weekend,my new blog friend. ~Liz

Lallee said...

This sounds and looks delicious! I've been cooking Tilapia a lot lately.

Thank you for your recent visit. You have a lovely blog!


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