Baked Blackened Tilapia

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If you’ve been looking to spice things up and try new seasoning on some seafood recipes, I have another one to add to your recipe book. This baked blackened tilapia is absolutely perfect! It’s healthy on top of being quick and easy to make. What more could you ask for?

baked blackened tilapia

Baked Blackened Tilapia

I’ve been trying to incorporate more seafood into my diet and let me tell you—I’ve been having so much fun trying out different seasoning blends. It’s amazing how much seasoning can change the entire flavor of your meal!

And this blackened seasoning I put together for this tilapia dish is amazing. It’s perfectly spicy and full of flavor.

eating baked tilapia with roasted cauliflower

Homemade Blackened Seasoning

I know you can easily go to the grocery store to buy a premade seasoning but I really love to make my own.

It’s delicious, doesn’t have anything weird in it, and very wallet-friendly. Plus, I can make a bulk batch and have it ready to go in my seasoning cabinet to use at any time.

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Here are the seasonings you will need to put together this blackened seasoning at home:

homemade blackened seasoning mix in a white bowl

Add all of the ingredients mentioned above into a bowl and mix everything together (for the exact quantities, see the printable recipe card on the bottom of this article). If you have any extra seasoning leftover, add it to a small, airtight glass container to maintain its freshness (click for my favorite spice jar containers for storing homemade spice mixes).

blackened tilapia with roasted cauliflower

How To Bake Blackened Tilapia

After you have made the blackened seasoning mix mentioned above, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper to make sure the fish doesn’t stick to the pan.

prepping raw tilapia fillets

Place the tilapia fillets in a bowl or on top of a cutting board, drizzle some olive oil over the top of them and toss with your hands to coat with oil.

adding blackened seasoning to tilapia

Sprinkle the seasoning mix on both sides of the tilapia and rub it in with your hands so it’s evenly seasoned.

baked tilapia in the oven

Put the seasoned tilapia fillets on the baking sheet. Place the sheet pan in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

seasoned tilapia fillets on a sheet pan

Cooking Tips

  • Make sure to not leave the tilapia in the oven over the recommended time. This fish can easily dry out.
  • You can easily swap out the tilapia for any other fish you like. I really love this seasoning on some wild-caught salmon or mahi-mahi too!

Oven baked blackened tilapia

What To Serve With Baked Tilapia

I have found that this tilapia goes really well with some creamy coleslaw and oven-baked fries – yum! Also, don’t forget the lemon wedge as a little bit of lemon juice makes the blackened seasoning really pop with flavor.

spicy blackened tilapia

If you are trying to serve a low-calorie dish, I would recommend making a batch of roasted broccoli, ‘fried’ cauliflower, and/or sweet potatoes in the air fryer to eat with the fish.

baked blackened tilapia with roasted cauliflower

More Seafood Recipes

If you loved this tender, flaky baked blackened tilapia, check out some of my other delicious seafood recipes!

Here are some you should definitely try:

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Oven Baked Blackened Tilapia

This baked blackened tilapia is amazing! Perfect spicy blackened tilapia baked in the oven, no frying needed! So easy, healthy and delicious!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked fish, blackened fish, tilapia
Cooking Method: Oven
Diet: Gluten-Free, Keto / Low-Carb, Paleo
Servings: 4
Calories: 151kcal


  • 1 lb tilapia fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper optional

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  • Mix paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper and red pepper in a bowl.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put tilapia fillets in a bowl, pour olive oil over them and toss with your hands to coat with oil. Sprinkle tilapia with the seasoning mix on both sides and rub with your hands so it's evenly seasoned.
  • Put seasoned tilapia fillets on a baking sheet. Put in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.


Serve tilapia with creamy coleslaw and oven fries - yum!
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Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 498mg | Potassium: 402mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1293IU | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
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