Sunday, February 3, 2008

Blackened Tilapia

So Super Bowl Sunday finds me away from the TV and in the kitchen (of course). I didn't want to make the 'standard' Super Bowl food (chicken wings, finger foods, etc) so I decided to make some fish! Talk about a 180degree flip! But my my my!! Talk about yum! I saw Paula Deen make it awhile back and made it for BF and he LOVED it and quite did I. I'm not a fish fan and this whole tilapia thing is new to me (about 3+yrs now) but I have to admit that it was really REALLY good. I did make a few changes from Paula's original recipe (decreased ground thyme & added cayenne pepper instead of red pepper). This recipe is sooo flavorful. And it cooks up in MINUTES.

I accompanied it with a coucous salad that I make all the time during the summer but thought it would go good with this...and I was right. Definitely a keeper for even a weekday meal. YUM-O!

Blackened Tilapia
Adapted from Paula Deen

1/4 cup sweet paprika
1 Tbsp ground thyme
2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
4 (10-ounce) tilapia fillets
In a shallow dish, combine first 6 ingredients.

Pour melted butter into another shallow dish. Dip fish fillets in melted butter and coat with seasoning mixture.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook prepared fish, in batches if necessary, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.


Snug said...

i love tilapia! yum.

Anonymous said...

I thought this was pretty good. I found that the mixture was a bit too savory for our taste buds and wouldn't choose to coat it as heavy next time - perhaps just a light dusting. I tried to coat it as it looked in your picture, but that was really too much for us.

I didn't try your couscous salad, but I had the fish with a different one and it was indeed a good pairing. I still want to try your couscous sometime though - maybe on my next attempt with the fish.



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