Fantastic, Skinny Blackened Tilapia

(Gluten-free, Paleo, Dairy-free, Keto) Super delicious and ready in minutes! Tilapia gets a bad rap for the way it is raised but not if you buy it at places like Whole Foods. See Shopping Tips, below.  If you haven’t tasted tilapia, it’s such a mild fish, even people that don’t like fish usually like it.  My husband for one is not a fish lover but LOVED this recipe! The seasonings are perfect, with just a hint of spice. Most blackened recipes are way so spicy for my taste, but not this homemade blend.  The tilapia is pan-fried in heart-healthy olive oil.  It’s so juicy and tender, not dry at all. Each skinny serving has 195 calories, 7 grams of fat, and 2 Blue WW Freestyle SmartPoints, and 4 Green.

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 minutes

Ingredients for Seasoning:

2 tablespoons smoked paprika, see shopping tips

2 teaspoons onion powder

1½ teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

¼ teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne pepper)

Ingredients for Fish:

4 pieces Tilapia (5 ounces each) see shopping tips

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil

Lemon slices


1. In a small bowl, mix together all seasoning ingredients. Spread out on a plate.

2. Rinse tilapia and pat dry.  Dip each piece into seasonings and coat on each side. Be sure each piece is coated well.

3. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick pan. When pan is hot, add fish, cover, and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Using a spatula, turn fish over, cover, and continue to cook for about 2-3 minutes, until fish is done.

4. Be sure to serve with lemon slices. This fish tastes particularly delicious with lemon squeezed over the top.

Makes 4 servings (each serving, 5 ounces)

Food Facts

Tilapia is a variety of mild white fish available year-round whole, fresh or frozen, usually as fillets. Since 2000, tilapia ranks as one of the most popular fish consumed in the United States thanks mainly to its mild taste and reasonable price.

Healthy Benefits

Tilapia is rich in protein, low in fat, and a source of vitamins and minerals. Tilapia contains some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids but not as much as other fish, such as salmon.

Shopping Tips

Most supermarkets sell tilapia at the fish counter.  I highly recommend you buy it at Whole Foods or other markets like that. They sell tilapia that is raised safely. For more information, read this article-
In my photo, the pieces I bought were larger than 5 ounces so I cut off the ends and froze them for another use.

I love the flavor of smoked paprika so much more than regular paprika! It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the flavor of any recipe that uses paprika. I strongly recommend using it in this recipe. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

Serving Tip
I love this fish served with my recipe for Simply, Skinny Crunchy Slaw.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (5 ounces)
195 calories, 7g fat, 1g sat. fat, 69mg chol, 29g protein, 4g carbs, 2g fiber, 167mg sodium, 1g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle Points
42 calories, 0g sat. fat, 0g sugar, 0g protein


If you make this recipe, let me know how you liked it. Leave me a comment below or give it a rating. Thanks so much. Happy Skinny Cooking!