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Stove Top Blackened Tilapia recipe, Cajun style, perfect for fish tacos or burrito bowl. Tilapia fillets, marinated in homemade blackened fish seasoning, then cooked in a heavy cast-iron pan.

Blackened Tilapia Recipe for Fish Tacos or Burrito Bowl

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


Skillet Blackened Tilapia:

  • 3 Tilapia Fillets choose the one without antibiotics, no preservatives or other chemical added
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper you may skip if you don’t like spicy taste
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme or about ⅓ tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt add more according to your liking
  • 2 tablespoons Tin Star Organic Ghee + 3 teaspoons Tin Star Organic Ghee

Burrito Bowl:

  • Shredded red cabbage
  • Black Beans unsalted or low sodium
  • Rice
  • Chopped Jalapeno
Chopped Avocado
  • Lime
  • Chopped Lettuce
  • Chopped Mango
  • Red Salsa
  • Fresh cilantro leaves
  • Optional: Avocado Crema

Avocado Crema:

  • 1 big whole avocado
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  • ½ cup greek yogurt
  • Optional: Black pepper/salt to taste


To Blacken Tilapia:

  • In a small bowl, combine all seasoning ingredient.
  • Heat a cast iron skillet on high heat for about 10 minutes (without oil).
  • In a mixing bowl, Dip each fish fillet into melted butter, coat each side with spice mixture.
  • Transfer the fish to the skillet. Sprinkle with some of the remaining spice mixtures if any.  
  • Add one teaspoon melted butter over a fillet and cook for about 1-2 minutes. 
    Repeat this step on the other side of the fish fillet and the remaining fish.

To Create a Burrito Bowl:

  • Customize your own burrito bowl, use less or more ingredients according to your liking.

To Make Avocado Crema:

  • In a blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients until smooth.
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