Chili-Rubbed Tilapia

Chili-Rubbed Tilapia

  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 6 min
  • Total: 16 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Tilapia is an extremely mild fish with a reputation for being slightly bland. As a result it is rubbed in a chili powder seasoning mix prior to cooking, to add new depths of flavor. Serve with a side of asparagus drizzled with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.


  • 2 pounds asparagus, tough ends trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound tilapia, Pacific sole or other firm white fish fillets


  1. Place the chili powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon of salt onto a plate, and stir to combine.
  2. Dredge the fish in the chili powder mixture to evenly coat.
  3. Place the olive oil into a large sauté pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish once the oil begins to shimmer and cook for 6 minutes, turning once.
  4. Transfer the fish to plates and sprinkle with the reaming salt.


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