Chili-Rubbed Tilapia

This recipe is super easy. It’s “fast food” at home. I buy tilapia fillets that are individually wrapped and frozen which makes this dish even more convenient.

If you are using frozen fish, put it in the refrigerator to defrost. Do this several hours before you plan to cook it. You can also defrost the fish in a bowl of tap water.

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  • 1 pound Tilapia fillets, or Pacific sole or other firm white fish
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, or butter, or olive oil butter mix
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Mix spices together well. Put all of it on a plate. Coat the tilapia fillets in the spice mixture.

Heat oil in a cast iron skillet or stainless steel frying pan over medium heat.

Add the fish. Cook just until opaque in the center, about 5 to 7 minutes. Turn fish over halfway through cooking.

Serve fish with fresh lemon juice squeezed on top.



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