Recipe 23: Blackened Tilapia Bowls

Colorful, Flavorful, and Intentional

This is one of the many recipes that Aaron and I want to share with you. We are overjoyed for you to come with us on our journey as we put together different concoctions and laugh together (all while hoping to not burn our apartment down). Please enjoy these recipes as much as we have. We welcome you to a small, but intentional, part of our lives. If you would like to read the post that accompanies this recipe, check it out here.

What You’ll Need

  • Chili Powder (1 Tablespoon)
  • Cumin (1 Tablespoon)
  • Smoked Paprika (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Onion Powder (1/2 teaspoon)
  • Oregano (just a pinch)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Zest of 1 Lime
  • Tilapia Filets (3–4 filets)
  • Garlic Powder (or 3 cloves, minced)
  • Frozen Corn Kernels, thawed (1 cup)
  • Red Onion, diced (1/2 cup)
  • Red Bell Pepper, diced (1/2 cup)
  • Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • Brown Rice (2 cups)
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Avocado
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Lime Wedges
  • Cast Iron Skillet

How We Did It

  1. Begin cooking your rice (follow directions on your bag/box).
  2. Combine chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, onion powder, and oregano in a small dish.
  3. Sprinkle seasonings over tilapia filets, add salt and pepper, and rub the spices into the filets.
  4. Drizzle a large cast iron skillet and heat it to medium/high heat.
  5. Add garlic powder/minced garlic to skillet and sauté it for 20 seconds (or until fragrant).
  6. Add tilapia filets to the skillet, but be careful not to crowd them (2 at a time works well!).
  7. Let them sear and cook for 2–3 minutes, flip and cook for another 2–3 minutes on the other side, and remove once cooked.
  8. Repeat with remaining filets. Remove and let sit.
  9. Add a drizzle of olive oil, corn, red onion, and red bell pepper to the same cast iron skillet (no need to rinse it off).
  10. Cook on medium/high heat for 1–2 minutes and allow them to sear (no need to continually stir them.
  11. After they sear, stir and let them cook for another 1–2 minutes (until tender).
  12. Add in drained black beans and heat for 1–2 minutes.

To serve: add rice to a bowl, and top with veggie mixture, and a tilapia filet. Add cilantro, lime wedges and avocado if you so desire.


A Final Note

Aaron and I had so much fun cooking this recipe together. We loved putting our own spin on it but we do need to give credit where it is due. Find the original recipe here:

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