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With just 3 ingredients, dinner is ready on the table in 15 minutes. If you had a long day and thinking of something quick but delicious, this will be your everyday go to recipe. Less cooking time, stress free recipe. Cooking fish fillets is way more easier than cooking a whole fish, so go with fish fillets if you are scared of fish bones. This recipe has many good feedbacks on Youtube so check it out.
What is Tilapia?
Tilapia is a mild flavor freshwater white fish which is farm raised. It can be found in the wild in Africa but it is farmed throughout the world. I love tilapia because it can be cooked in many ways and will still taste savory. It is also less expensive compared to other fish fillets.
How to Choose Tilapia Fillets:
Skin: Should be whitish and pink. Most of the store bought fillets will not have the skin on. So if you love a crispy skin fish, tell your fish monger to fillet with skin on. Or you can fillet.
Fresh or Frozen: It can be either fresh or frozen.
Which seasoning to use?
Cajun Seasoning: It is a mixture of many herbs and spices, so saves you the stress of combining or buying different kinds of spices.
Lemon Pepper: Contains salt, lemon and blackpepper. Lemon provides plenty of flavor and always a perfect ingredient for fish.
Seasoned salt: Has salt and many other spices combined.
Oil: To trap in juice in the fillets or helps to make fish juicy.
Taste all above ingredients for sodium or salt level, because each ingredients might be very salty especially the lemon pepper. You want to balance the salt, so fish won’t be too salty. My Seasoned salt has less sodium and my lemon pepper has high sodium. So I balanced it to be normal. But this recipe is just perfect.
What temperature to bake Tilapia Fillets:
Bake at 400 degree F for 10 minutes. Let it cook fast so it dosen’t dry out. You can also cook frozen tilapia with same temperature but about 20 minutes. I prefer fresh or thawed tilapia so spices can easily penetrate the layers. Can also be pan seared for about 3-5 minutes each side depending on how thick fillet is.
How to Store baked Tilapia fillets:
Can be refrigerated for about 3 days and freeze for about 2-3 months. Reheat in the oven or microwave.
3 Ingredients Tilapia Fillets
- 3-4 Tilapia Fillets
- 1 tsp Cajun Seasoning
- 1 tsp Lemon Pepper
- Seasoned Salt to taste
- Preheat Oven to 400°F.
- Line a baking pan with a greased parchment paper or baking mat and set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix using a spoon.
- Pat dry fillets with a paper towel then rub both sides of the fillets with the mixed seasonings.
- Transfer fillets to the lined baking pan.
- Apply some mist of cooking oil spray on the fish or use a brush to apply cooking oil.
- Now bake at 400°F for 10 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let it cool for about 2 minutes. Serve with your favorite side.