Blackened Tilapia Tacos

Easy blackened tilapia tacos are cooked in under 10 minutes. They are perfect for busy nights or when the hanger hits you. The blackening seasoning blend has all the flavor you need.

Easy Blackened Tilapia for Tacos. salads, or Burrito Bowls | Sarcastic Cooking

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I love my simple blackening seasoning. I put it on chicken, pork chops, shrimp, and fish. So, it is pretty much guaranteed that we eat something blackened at least once a week.

Last night was just another one of those nights. I had an avocado that was perfectly ripened and thawed out some tilapia. That only means one thing in this house—tacos!!!  I dusted the tilapia in my blackening seasoning to have a new twist on the go-to fish tacos, easy blackened tilapia tacos.

While eating our easy blackened tilapia tacos, my husband and I discovered that we have officially lost it. Seriously. We have become crazy dog people.

Our entire dinner conversation was about what our dog, Weezer, does while we are out of the house.

Maybe you might say we have run out of stuff to talk about. I don’t think that is true. If you came home to find every single one of your dog’s toys out of his toy basket and scattered about the floor, your couch pillows on the floor, and your dog hiding in the bedroom, you might want to spend a good hour discussing what the heck happened.

Blackened tilapia tacos | sarcastic cooking

What might be sadder is we weren’t even mad! It looked like Weezer had a rip-roaring rager in our living room as any twenty-something child would while their parents are gone. All we could do was laugh at the thought of him with his normally curled tail sadly flattened out surveying the damage as if he had no idea what had happened earlier.

It wasn’t until a few hours later and much discussion about rigging up a web cam to see what he really does in the house alone all day that we finally commented to each other about how good the tacos were. I don’t think that means they weren’t that good, I just think that means, as I said before, we have officially lost it!

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

Yield: Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Spicy and smoky pan-fried tilapia with a perfect blackened seasoning cooks up in under 10 minutes for a quick and healthy meal.


  • 1 Teaspoon Paprika
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ Teaspoon Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • ¼ Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Cumin
  • 3 Tilapia Filet
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Avocado or Canola Oil
  • 1 Avocado, optional
  • 4-6 Whole Wheat/ Corn/ Flour Tacos


  1. Combine the dry seasonings in a small bowl.
  2. Pat the tilapia dry with paper towels on each side. Season each side of the fish. Rub the seasonings in with your hands.
  3. Heat a medium/large skillet over medium/high flame. After about 1-2 minutes the pan should be hot.
  4. Add the oil to the pan, swirl to coat. Drop the fish into the oil carefully. Cook for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip carefully using a spatula or fish spatula. Cook on the second side for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from pan, flake off large pieces, and transfer to tortillas. Top with sliced/smashed avocado, cilantro and onion, or pico de gallo.

Easy blackened tilapia tacos would also be wonderful on top of an easy Mexican-inspired coleslaw.

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  • Sarah
    January 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I made this for dinner tonight for my family. My cayenne pepper was very old so I didnt use it but the fish turned out awesome!!! what a quick weeknight recipe. the seasoning on the fish was to yummy. I love cumin. My three kids 3,7 and 10 all ate the fish and my husband just went back for a second helping. I will use this recipe again.

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  • kdonnRN
    May 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Re: Your dog……. You have to read “The Art Of Racing In the Rain”. When you get to the part about the Zebra you will know what happened with your dog. And thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  • Gina Snyder
    April 5, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Thank you for this delicious recipe! Just tried them tonight and I love them! They came out just like your pic! So easy. Will definitely be a go to recipe for us.

  • Renna Hanlon
    April 1, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I am so glad I’m going grocery shopping in the morning so I can get the ingredients for this. It looks and sounds delicious; thanks for sharing!

  • Karen B
    March 18, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Made this tonight and they were great! I’m not a cook at all but this was easy for me to do and they tasted great. Thanks for sharing!

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    These were amazing!!!!!!
    We added lettuce, salsa, cheese and black beans for a big burrito which made it so filling and very tasty. Can’t wait to try more recipes posted here!!

  • Kelly
    June 20, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Ooo these look wonderful!!! What a great summer recipe! 🙂

    • Stefanie
      June 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks Kelly!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    June 20, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Haha! Too funny. I can’t wait to meet Weezer.

    And in response to my mother’s comment, yes, the food bin story is a good one. I’ll have to remember to tell it when we get together.

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    June 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This looks like it would be a great weeknight meal.

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    June 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I don’t know how you do it Stefanie, but BOY you crank out the most amazing recipes!

  • Julie
    June 20, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Ok. We’re going to have to try these. We had fish tacos last night, and while the peach salsa on them was very good, the fish was only so-so. We have been wanting to put up a nanny cam to see what our two beagles do when we’re both gone. Sometimes, what we come home to is amazing. Have Stephie tell you about their food and the toy duck sometime. They keep us laughing. 🙂

    • Julie
      September 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Jerry and I just had these tonight for dinner! They were excellent! You are right–your blackening seasoning is great. I’m so glad that I tried these. My tummy is happy, too. 🙂