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Blackened Tilapia Soft Tacos - A Family Feast

Blackened Tilapia Soft Tacos

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 tacos


  • 1 pound fresh tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder (feel free to use more if you like it spicier)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil

Hot Sauce

  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil


  • 4 7-inch flour tortillas
  • Lettuce, shredded
  • Colby Jack Cheese, shredded
  • Pickled red onions, sliced


  1. Lay out tilapia filets and pat both sides dry with paper towels.
  2. Mix the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a small bowl and sprinkle over both sides of the fish.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add the oil.
  4. Once the oil is hot and shimmering, add the fish and cook 2-3 minutes on each side using a fish turner to flip. The fish should be blackened on the outside and soft and flaky in the center.
  5. Remove to a platter and with two forks, flake into bite sized pieces.
  6. While the fish is cooking, place all sauce ingredients in a small food processor and puree until smooth.
  7. To assemble, line a flour tortilla with a little sauce, then lettuce, pieces of fish, cheese and pickled red onion. Serve with additional hot sauce.