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Blackened Tilapia Tacos

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These delicious blackened tilapia tacos are an awesome weeknight meal! They're full of flavor and easy to make.

Serve them with a zesty slaw and some flour tortillas for an exciting and healthy meal.

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Why You'll Love this Recipe

Fish tacos are always a family favorite and these ones have a little bit of heat and are topped with a delicious slaw.

You'll cook the fish with blackening seasoning which is similar to Cajun or Creole seasoning and has a little spicy kick to it.

Tilapia is an easy fish to cook - it's hard to mess up and has a wonderful flaky texture.

Tilapia topped with blackening seasoning.

Ingredients You'll Need

  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons blackening seasoning 
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil 
  • 8 corn tortillas, warmed in the oven or on the stovetop 

Slaw Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 pound shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
An overhead shot of a glass mixing bowl with slaw.

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Three tilapia tacos sitting on a plate.

Tips for Making this Recipe

Cooking Tip - You can substitute any white fish for the tilapia in this recipe. Just make sure you cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Tilapia tends to be a thinner fillet. It's inexpensive and easy to cook, but haddock, grouper, or other white fish would work just as well!

Storing Tips - If you want to make this recipe ahead of time, you can cook the fish and make the slaw but refrigerate them separately and reheat the fish before serving. Both the slaw and the fish will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator.

Alternate Cooking Methods - You can grill the fish instead of sautéeing it if you'd prefer. Cook it over medium-high heat on the grill for 3 minutes on each side.

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Yield: 4 servings

Blackened Tilapia Tacos

Four tilapia tacos sitting on a marble background.

These tasty fish tacos are made with mild tilapia, zesty blackening seasoning, and topped with a wonderful slaw.

Ingredients

  • 4 (6-ounce each) tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons blackening seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil
  • 8 corn tortillas

Slaw Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2 pound shredded green cabbage
  • 1/4 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 green onions, diced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Rub the tilapia fillets with the blackening seasoning on both sides.
  2. Heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Cook the tilapia fillets for 2 to 3 minutes on each side, till flaky and the crust is golden brown.
  4. Remove the fish from the heat and using a fork, flake the fish apart into smaller pieces. Spread the fish evenly between the tortillas.
  5. To make the slaw - combine the cabbage, cilantro, mayonnaise, green onions, lime juice, sea salt, cumin, and black pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir till fully incorporated and all the cabbage is covered.
  6. Top each taco with a scoop of slaw and serve immediately. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2907mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 6gSugar: 4gProtein: 5g

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