Friday, January 28, 2011

Spicy Tilapia

My husband, Michael, went to New Orleans early last year on a business trip. He had a great time and got to do a lot of sight-seeing (I was so jealous!). One evening, he attended a business dinner at "K-Paul's Louisiana Kitchen" a fabulous restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Michael and I love Cajun/spicy food so Michael was in heaven while eating at that restaurant. Chef Paul Prudhomme gave my husband a signed copy of his cookbook and a big collection of his famous Magic Seasoning Blends. We have been in love with Chef Paul's seasonings ever since! We use them on steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, vegetables and even meatloaf! The flavors are wonderful and have a great kick to them.

Tilapia is kind of a bland fish, but we love it spiced up with Seafood Magic seasoning. I'm just happy to get my husband to eat NON-batter-fried fish so I don't really care what type of fish it is.

So, here is my quick and easy version of Spicy Tilapia. If you don't have Seafood Magic Seasoning, don't worry, you can easily substitute your own spicy seasoning blend or other Cajun seasonings. Just make sure to adjust the salt content to your liking if the seasoning blend doesn't contain any.

Spicy Tilapia

1 lbs fresh Tilapia fillets, rinsed well and patted dry
1 T extra virgin olive oil
1 T "light" margarine (or use 2 T total olive oil instead)
2 tsp lemon juice
2 T (or more) Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic seasoning or other Cajun seasoning or choice spicy seasoning blend

Heat oil and margarine in a large skillet. On one side of fish fillets, sprinkle with half of the lemon juice. Then generously sprinkle and rub with half of the spicy seasoning. Add fish to hot oil/margarine, seasoned side down. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Meanwhile, sprinkle other side of fish with remaining lemon juice and spicy seasoning. Flip fish and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes or until the fish is opaque in color and easily flakes when cut.

Serve fish with lemon scented white rice (recipe below) and a salad or vegetable of choice. Enjoy!

Lemon Scented White Rice

2 1/2 cups cooked white Rice (or other white rice, cooked. Basmati is good)
2 T "light" margarine
1 tsp kosher salt
2 T lemon juice
Pepper, to taste

Cook rice to package directions. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Keep warm until ready to serve.


  1. that looks wonderful. I have always been afraid to cook fish but I might try this.

  2. This looks great! Adam is always asking me to cook fish for him. I am going to try this one for sure.