Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini


This recipe was adapted from Naive Cook Books.  It is really, really good and so easy to make.  It is quite a bit spicy so if you don’t like the heat, cut back on the pepper.


Blackened Spice Mix:

  • 3 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano

Blackened Tilapia:

  • 1 pound tilapia filets, rinsed
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • salt and pepper, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. All all the spices in a bowl and mix.  Taste and adjust if necessary.
  3. Line your baking sheet to your preference.  I use my own oil in a spray bottle but you can spray with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  4. Brush fish with butter and generously rub seasonings on both sides.
  5. Brush the zucchini with the remaining butter and season with salt & pepper if desired.
  6. Distribute the zucchini in the empty space around the fish on the sheet pan.
  7. Bake for 7 minutes.
  8. Flip tilapia after 7 minutes and cook for another 7 minutes for the other side.
  9. You will know the fish is cooked because it will turn white inside and will be soft and flaky.

Yield: 2-3 servings


Do enjoy!