Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia

I grew up at the beach and have always enjoyed seafood; however, I do not prepare it for myself as much as I would like. This is mostly because seafood needs to be prepared the day it is purchased, and the last thing I want to do after a long day at the office is hit up the grocery store on the way home. This being said, I found some frozen wild tilapia fillets at a good price, and vowed to find some fun ways to prepare them.  I found this simple broiled tilapia recipe over at Cooking Light and decided to give it a try. I was so glad I did! It takes minutes to prepare, and only 5 minutes to broil! I definitely will be making these again! The Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa was something I threw together at the last-minute to add a little something to the dish, and the creamy avocado was a nice compliment to the smokey fish.

Here’s what we need: 2 tilapia fillets, 1 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, and olive oil cooking spray.

Begin by preheating your broiler. Next you want to coat a cast iron pan with cooking spray before adding the tilapia. (You can also use a broiler pan – we don’t have one.)

Add all the spices together in a small bowl.

Rub the olive oil all over the fish coating both sides. Next sprinkle the spice mixture over the fish, taking time to rub it into the flesh. Repeat on the opposite side.

Put the fish in the oven, and broil for 5 minutes, or until fish is white all the way through.

Top with some Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa and serve! These tilapia filets are spicy from the cayenne pepper, but the cumin also adds a nice smokey element. Although it would be good on its own, I definitely recommend topping with the salsa as it adds a nice contrast.  It will give you a chance to cool down from the pepper!

Also, as you can tell from below, I also prepared some brown rice.  With the brown rice, I simply stirred in 1/2 tablespoon of chopped cilantro, and 1 tablespoon of lime juice for a 1/2 cup serving.  Yum!

Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia (from Cooking Light)
Serves 2

2 tilapia fillets
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. black pepper
1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
Olive oil cooking spray

Preheat broiler.

Coat a cast iron skillet (or broiler pan) with cooking spray. Prepare spice mixture by combining all spices in a small bowl. Add tilapia fillets to the cast iron skillet and coat fish with olive oil. Sprinkle spice mixture on fish, and rub in ensuring to coat evenly. Repeat on the other side.

Broil fish for 5 minutes or until white throughout. Serve over a bed of rice and top with Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa, if desired.



Filed under dinner, easy, fish, healthy, lightened up, main course, quick, tilapia

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