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Cajun-Baked Tilapia


 As I mentioned, my husband has been craving fish.  This recipe called for catfish, which I thought would be a nice change since we usually eat cod and salmon.   Unfortunately, my grocery store did not have any fresh catfish, however, they did have tilapia fillets.  I think tilapia was the perfect substitute!  They are firm white fillets that are mild in flavor.   This is a nice and easy weeknight meal!  I served this fish with Polenta Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Some recipe notes:

  • I decreased the original recipe intended for 8 fillets to 2 fillets.  However it was still super spicy and a bit on the salty side.  I have adjusted the measurements below so that hopefully you won’t have the same problem.   I forgot how spicy Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning is!
  • I substituted olive oil spray for the 1/4 of melted butter called for in the recipe.  You could boost the flavor factor by using the butter, however, as a general rule our weeknight suppers don’t contain butter.  If I were to make this for guests that would be a different story!
  • I found this recipe on  I am obsessed with this site!!!  It is a compilation of recipes from Real Simple, Southern LivingCooking Light and many many more.  The kinds of recipes cover a wide scope of difficulty and ingredients and there are great photos and reviews.  You can find recipes for just about any ingredient or occasion. You must check it out!

Cajun-Baked Tilapia:

  • 1  cup cornmeal
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2  tablespoon  pepper
  • 2 tilapia or catfish fillets
  • 1/2 tablespoon  Cajun seasoning (I used Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning —super spicy!)
  • a drizzle of olive oil or olive oil spray

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Combine first 3 ingredients. Dredge the fillets in cornmeal mixture; place fillets, skin sides down, on a greased baking sheet.

Sprinkle cajun seasoning over fillets.  Spray fillets with olive oil spray.

Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until golden and fish flakes with a fork.

Adapted from recipe found here on!

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