It’s hard to find frozen fillets in a country where people love fish heads more than the fish meat. I didn’t know that we sell tilapia fillets here until early this week when I dropped by at SM Hypermart. And so, I decided to get a pack and cook something from it.
I have made crispy tilapia with soy vinegar sauce and sweet and sour tilapia before and it’s been a while since I last made something from my blackening spices. I figured it wouldn’t hurt to put blackening spices on tilapia fillets since I have already used it on salmon and chicken before. And to counter the rich flavor of the blackening rub, I made a cold refreshing cucumber-tomato salad 🙂
Here goes my Blackened Tilapia Fillet with Cucumber Tomato Salad.
You will need:
- olive oil for pan-frying
- 4 pcs tilapia fillets
- 1 pc cucumber, cut into cubes
- 3 medium tomatoes, cut into cubes
- juice of 1 lemon
- dash of salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp of sugar if you like it sweet
- blackening rub
First, you need to coat your tilapia fillets with blackening rub. Here’s how you can make your own rub:
- 2 tsps. Sweet Paprika
- 4 tsps. Thyme
- 3/4 tsp. Cumin
- 2 tsps. Onion powder
- 2 tsps. Garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 2 tsps. salt
- 2 tsps. black ground pepper
- 1 tsp. Cayenne powder
- 1 tsp. dried leaf Oregano
- 1/2 tsp. ground Nutmeg
Just mix all the spices together. In a pan, heat up some olive oil. Sear your tilapia fillets, two minutes on each side.
Serve your fillets with cucumber-tomato salad. Just mix the cucumbers and tomatoes then drizzle with lemon juice. Add salt and pepper to taste and add sugar if you prefer it to be a little sweet.
If you want some carbs to go with it, I recommend mashed potatoes. But in the case of my hubby, he goes for a hot cup of white rice 😛
Try this one at home. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it! 🙂