Blackstone Blackened Tilapia is a delicious white fish that is easy to make on the griddle. The blackening seasoning gives the tilapia fillets so much flavor.

Blackened Tilapia with slice of lemon on a plate
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This blackened fish recipe is one of our favorites to make. We love cooking tilapia on the griddle as it gives the fish so much flavor. It cooks quickly on the griddle which makes it the perfect weeknight meal.

The great thing about this seasoning blend is it can be used on any kind of fish, chicken, or vegetables. The next time you are looking to change up your seafood recipes add a Blackened seasoning to it.

You may also love this Grilled Tilapia Fish Recipe, Blackened Fish Tacos or Tilapia Fish Tacos.

What is Blackened Seasoning?

We love making homemade seasoning at home. You can easily find blackened seasoning at the store, but making it homemade allows your to customize the blend.

Blackened seasoning usually includes the following spices:

  • Paprika
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Onion Powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Oregano

If you are a fan of Cajun seasoning, then you will love this Blackening Seasoning.

Ingredients 

Ingredients needed - tilapia filets, blackened seasoning, oil

For the full recipe and ingredients, scroll to the bottom to see the recipe card.

Variation Ideas

  • Change the Fish – You can easily cook different types of fish on the griddle. Blackened seasoning works great with any of these fish types. Try it on Mahi Mahi, catfish, or halibut.
  • Fish Tacos Recipe – Make fish tacos with this cooked tilapia recipe. Slice the tilapia into strips and place in corn tortillas. Top the fish with fresh squeezed lime juice, tomatoes, avocados and cilantro. I even love to add some shredded cabbage with lemon juice.
  • Blackened Seasoning – Feel free to change the seasoning to what you prefer. You can even add in brown sugar to give it a hint of sweetness and even lemon pepper.

How to Make Blackened Tilapia on the Blackstone Griddle

  • Step 1 – Rub Tilapia with Oil – Place the tilapia on a plate. Rub 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil onto both sides of the tilapia filets.
  • Step 2 – Add seasoning to tilapia – Spoon the homemade blackened seasoning over the fish and spread around (both sides).
  • Step 3 – Season to your preference – I use about ½ tablespoon per fish. You can adjust the seasoning amount based on your preference. The more you use, the spicier it will be and the less you use, the milder it will be.
Seasoning the tilapia
  • Step 4 – Heat Grill – Preheat a Blackstone Grill over medium high heat (approximately 450 degrees Fahrenheit).  
  • Step 5 – Add Oil to Grill – Spread the remaining vegetable oil onto the Blackstone grill.  
Placing the tilapia on the griddle
  • Step 6 – Add Tilapia to Grill – Place tilapia on the grill and let it cook for 3 minutes. Time it and don’t move the fish, so it can get that beautiful blackened crust on it.
Blackened Tilapia cooking on the griddle
  • Step 7 – Cook Tilapia – Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes. Cook until the tilapia has an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cook time may vary depending on your griddle.
Blackened Tilapia cooking on the griddle
  • Step 8 – Serve and Enjoy – Remove to a separate plate and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Heat Griddle – Make sure you have allowed the griddle to get hot before placing the tilapia on the griddle.
  • Seasoning – Generously season the tilapia on both sides. If you prefer it to not be as seasoned, you can use less of the seasoning.
  • Cooking Tilapia – Make sure to allow the tilapia to cook for at least 2-3 minutes per side. This creates the best color and flavor in the tilapia. Check temperature before removing from the griddle.
Blackened Tilapia with slice of lemon on a plate

Can you Cook on the Stovetop?

Yes, this Tilapia recipe can easily be made indoors if you do not have a Blackstone. We recommend cooking in skillet pan or a cast iron skillet. Season the tilapia as the recipe indicates.

Cook the tilapia in cast iron skillet over medium heat in melted butter or olive oil. Cook for about 3 minutes per side and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. This easy recipe is great served with your favorite side dishes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftover Tilapia

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.  

How to Blackened Tilapia

Blackening tilapia is so easy to do. Make sure your griddle has been heated and oiled before adding tilapia to the griddle. Allow the fish to cook for the full 3 minutes without flipping it.
Allowing the fish to cook on both sides for at least 3 minutes gives the tilapia the best blackened texture. It also brings out the blackened seasoning when allowed to cook.

What goes with Blackened Tilapia?

Tilapia can be served with many Grilled Side Dish Recipes. We love to cook our sides on the Blackstone or on the Grill for easy clean up.

Can I Bake Blackened Tilapia?

Yes, baked tilapia turns out delicious. Place the blackened tilapia in a baking dish and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. You will know the tilapia is done when it flakes with a fork.

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Blackstone Blackened Tilapia

5 from 12 votes
Blackstone Blackened Tilapia is a delicious white fish that is easy to make. The blackening seasoning gives the tilapia so much flavor.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 223

Ingredients

  • 4 Tilapia Filets
  • 2 Tablespoons Blackened Seasoning
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
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Instructions

  • Place the tilapia on a plate. Rub 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil onto both sides of the tilapia filets.
  • Spoon the homemade blackened seasoning over the fish and spread around (both sides). I use about ½ tablespoon per fish. You can adjust the seasoning amount based on your preference. The more you use, the spicier it will be and the less you use, the milder it will be.
  • Preheat a Blackstone Grill over medium high heat (approximately 450 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • Spread the remaining vegetable oil onto the Blackstone grill.
  • Place tilapia on the grilland let it cook for 3 minutes. Time it and don’t move the fish, so it can get that beautiful blackened crust on it.
  • Flip and cook another 2-3 minutes until the tilapia has an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove to a separate plate and allow it to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 223kcal, Protein 34g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat 5g, Monounsaturated Fat 2g, Trans Fat 0.04g, Cholesterol 85mg, Sodium 621mg, Potassium 513mg, Calcium 17mg, Iron 1mg

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