Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls

Who loves seafood? ย Honestly, confession time…. I don’t. ย Eeeeek! ย Or at least, I thought I didn’t. ย This Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowl changed my mind… big time ๐Ÿ™‚

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

Look at all those pretty colors! ย The freshness of these bowls is just amazing.

You can make fish taco bowls with any type of fish that you like, although I would recommend that it’s a white, flaky fish… tilapia, cod, etc.

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Living in Ohio, there’s not exactly a huge abundance of fresh seafood lol. ย And I think that’s been my problem… when I’d tried fish in the past, it was frozen and/or not very fresh, and just tasted… well, not good. ย So this time, we picked up some fresh tilapia filets from the seafood counter. ย Ohhhh man, they were awesome! ย They didn’t smell, or taste, fishy at all.

Look how beautiful they are...

Look how beautiful they are…

You can season these any way you like, but I chose a simple blend of chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder and oregano. ย I seasoned them pretty liberally (I wanted that spicy crust on the outside), but feel free to do less seasoning if you’d like ๐Ÿ™‚

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

What you see in those photos are the main ingredients I chose for this recipe. ย Obviously the tilapia, then some roasted corn, black beans, and red peppers, and my fresh and light Cilantro Lime Rice.

I cooked the fish by heating a large cast iron skillet to medium high heat, then adding a drizzle of olive oil and the minced garlic. ย I cooked the tilapia filets, 2 at a time (don’t want to overcrowd your pan or you won’t get that great crust). ย Once you place the filets in the pan, don’t move them. ย That will allow the fish to really sear and get that fantastic dark golden color. ย Cook them for about 2-3 minutes, then carefully flip the fish over and cook on the other side for another 2 minutes or so. ย You want the fish to be fully cooked, meaning all white, and flaky. ย Remove them to a plate and cook the second batch of fish, removing them to the plate when finished.

Now add your chopped red onion, diced red bell pepper and corn kernels to the pan, spread into an even layer and let them sit for 1-2 minutes. ย Don’t stir them right away, you want them to caramelize a little. ย Continue stirring then letting the veggies caramelize until they are roasted and caramelized. ย Add in your black beans and cook another minute. ย Remove to a bowl.

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

You’re ready to serve! ย You can lay all your ingredients out like this, and grab bits from each section, or toss it all in a bowl and go to town… your choice ๐Ÿ™‚ ย The toppings are also all up to you. ย I chose diced avocado (when do I not… I swear I’m addicted lol), shredded lettuce and purple cabbage, roughly chopped cilantro leaves and a splash of fresh lime juice. ย You could also add some sour cream, shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes or pico de gallo. ย It’s your meal, so your choice ๐Ÿ™‚ ย Ooooh, you know what would be great on this? ย Myย Honey Lime Cilantro Sauceย or Avocado Cream Sauce!

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

I love how simple this meal is to make, and customize. ย You could make it even healthier by serving it over brown rice instead of the cilantro limeย ๐Ÿ™‚ ย I just love the extra boost of flavor you get from the rice.

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

Fish not your thing? ย The same spice mixture would be fantastic with thin cut chicken breast, shrimp, even pork.

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

You could also take all the same ingredients, prepared the same way and add them to a corn or flour tortilla to make a killer fish taco! ย If you do this, please try my Homemade Flour Tortillas, the flavor is just incredible! ย Or you could toss the ingredients on a bed of romaine lettuce and have a salad. ย Don’t you just love having options?

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

Dinnertime!!

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

I hope you try this one guys… it’s a great way to get your tastebuds ready for Spring ๐Ÿ˜€

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!

Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum

 

 

Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!
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4.84 from 12 votes
6 servings
Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Taco bowls get a healthy twist with the addition of spicy blackened tilapia filets, garnished with buttery avocados and a splash of fresh lime juice!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • Pinch of oregano
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 4 tilapia filets or other white fish filet of your choice
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels thawed (fresh corn from the cob would be awesome)
  • 1 small red onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked cilantro lime rice
  • Fresh cilantro diced avocado, shredded lettuce, shredded purple cabbage, lime wedges
Instructions
  1. Combine spices in a small dish. Sprinkle seasonings over tilapia filets, season with salt and pepper, rubbing the spices into the fish.
  2. Heat a large cast iron skillet to medium high heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add minced garlic and saute for about 20 seconds, then add in your tilapia filets. Careful not to add too many and crowd your pan, I cooked just 2 filets at a time. Once you add your fish, don't move them around, let them really sear. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook another 2 minutes or so. Check to be sure fish is completely cooked (fish will be completely white and flaky throughout). Remove to plate and repeat with additional fish filets. Sprinkle fish with lime zest.
  3. Add a drizzle of olive oil, corn, red onion and red bell pepper to the same skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes without stirring to allow them to roast and sear. Then stir and let them cook again another couple minutes until vegetables are tender and caramelized.
  4. Add in drained and rinsed black beans and heat for 1 minute.
  5. To serve:
  6. Add 1/3 to 1/2 cup cilantro lime rice to a bowl and top with the corn/beans/pepper mixture, pieces of blackened fish, and any toppings you desire.
Recipe Notes

** Additional toppings could include shredded cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes, salsa, or pico de gallo.

** Additional ways to serve would be laid out on a plate, mixed together in a bowl, in a soft taco, on a salad, or with shrimp, chicken or pork.

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88 comments on “Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowls”

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  3. I was looking for a fish dish and this looks amazing! I’m heading to the market now to pick up the ingredients! Im so excited!!!

  4. How many calories?

  5. This is our third time making this delicious recipe!! Just love it.

  6. Delicious, easy, and done in under 30 min! We made the fish and put in a burrito with rice mix, sriracha mayo, and we couldn’t get enough! Will definitely make again!

  7. Thanks for the great, healthy recipe! We loved it!! I know that any taco recipe that includes cilantro is gonna be a winner! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. This dish is packed with fresh flavor! Even my pickiest eater loved it!!!

  9. Hi Amanda, its been a while and I wanted to stop by and check out some of your recipes. I knew I would find something good. My son always talks about fish tacos and I have always turned my nose up. But you make these look so good I would love to try them.

    I would love to have you stop by and share on the Friday Features Linky Party.
    Hope you have a great week!
    Karren
    #OMHGFF

    • Hi there Karren, I hope you’ve been well! I’ve certainly never been a fan of seafood, but these really hit the spot ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll definitely stop on over for the party!

  10. We did this for Sunday funday, and it was a huge hit with our adult kids. I did a cilantro lime vinaigrette to pour over… Fabulous! Thank you!

    • Tamara, I am SO happy to hear you all loved it!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hearing things like that just make my day ๐Ÿ™‚ Ooooh that cilantro lime vinaigrette sounds like a fabulous addition!

  11. This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

  12. oooh my..I love seafood and especially tilapia..the fillet is so yuum. Love the combination of the tacos and fried pan Tilapia..would love to try it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. LOVE the colors of your photos! I recently tried baking tilapia and it was way too watery for my taste. I’ll definitely have to try this the next time I make it!

    >>> BreAnna
    http://craftycoin.com

  14. This looks awesome- I’m definitely pinning it. Would you mind if I link to this (I post text links to things I like each Friday)? Either way thanks for sharing.

    I stopped by from What’s Cooking Wednesday.

  15. Holy Moly, this looks fantastic. Although, we love all things seafood ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Love me some tilapia. And love this recipe. Looks so healthy and delicious. Found your recipe at the Simple Supper Tuesday Link Party. I am the hostesses of Tickle My Tastebuds and would love you to stop by and link your taco bowls.
    Lori

  17. The blackened Tilapia Taco bowl looks sooo tempting! I love seafood, I love Taco bowls! You have got me here Amanda!!!

  18. I love how it makes eating healthy look delicious!

  19. That looks fabulous!!!! Need to have a go this Friday! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Wow, this almost looks too good to eat. Your photography is amazing and this looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  21. This dish looks full of flavor and easy to customize for any dietary restrictions! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  22. I’m not a big fan of seafood either, I don’t tend to venture much further than prawns but this looks like it could change my mind!
    I’ve never tried tilapia and this looks so fresh and delicious I think I will have to give it a go!
    Lovely blog X

  23. Your photography is stunning! I always aspire to make my food look this appetizing! (I love the recipe, too, by the way!) What camera do you use? I am in search of a new lens, at least, for my Pentax! Cheers!

    • Thank you so much Courtney!! ๐Ÿ˜€ My photography is definitely a work in progress, I learn new things every day ๐Ÿ™‚ I use a Canon Rebel SL1… I definitely love it. For this shoot, I used my fixed 24mm lens, it’s great for getting up close ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. Your recipe looks delicious!!! I need to try fish tacos!!
    This will be a great feature this week Amanda, thank you!
    Have a great week
    Karren

  25. This is so up our alley! I can’t wait to try it! I was excited to see it at #FoodieFriDIY. Pinned and sharing too! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, Amanda!

  26. I love all things taco- including taco bowls ๐Ÿ™‚ This looks so fresh & amazing. I love the cilantro lime rice – yum!

  27. This looks and sounds absolutely amazing and delicious and healthy too! All in one. Great pictures.

  28. We will just love your Blackened Tilapia Taco Bowl! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Happy Spring!
    Miz Helen

  29. Ooh this looks awesome, looks so fresh and yummy!

  30. I LOVE seafood Amanda. And this is my ideal lunch. The chopped bits of fish in the dish have me drooling. Total yum..

  31. Gorgeous! So colourful and healthy! My kind of dinner for sure! ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. I love the idea of having your whole meal in put together in such a fresh and vibrant bowl! It looks so appealing!

  33. I need to get my hands on blackened tilapia!! Those look so good Amanda! ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. Stunning to look at and I imagine delicious to eat! Lovely dish, Amanda!

  35. Hi Amanda,
    Thanks for stopping and sharing your recipes with us at Real Food Fridays. This looks and sounds delicious. Pinned & twitted.

  36. Oh my gosh this is GORGEOUS. The colors are stunning!! What a wonderful way to use tilapia!! Thanks so much for sharing at FF! ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. I love hearing about people adventuring out of their com for zone. The tilapia taco bowl, not only sounds delicious, but it looks scrumptious too! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and happy FF! ๐Ÿ˜€

  38. That’s a super tacos! Love your photos!

  39. Very pretty! My husband always claims he doesn’t like fish (weird, since he’s from FL), but he loves cod and pretty much all the other ingredients here. With the black beans and rice, I think I could get him to give fish another try. =)

    Visiting from the Pin Junkie!

  40. Yum! I’m definitely pinning this for later — sounds great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. All ingredients I love…sounds perfect! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

  42. WHOA!!!!!!!!!!!!! These pictures are INSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m hungry now and I could have SWORN I was full when I got here…. I just stared a every pictures for way too long with my mouth wide open…. haha!!! Another one for my list!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Mark would LOVE this, he loves fish and Mexican!

    • Thank you Steph!! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ It was raining all day on the day I needed to take these pics, and I was so happy that it cleared up a little so I could snap a few photos! I hope you both LOVE this one… it’s definitely one of our favorites ๐Ÿ˜‰

  43. Oh yummy! Simply delicious, Amanda. I can eat this for dinner all week.

  44. This is making my mouth water ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. This looks delicious Amanda! I am feasting on all of these bright colors, textures and flavors!