Blackened Fish Tacos

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Recipe: #38840

June 01, 2022

"This is a heart healthy's out of the may 2021 Good Housekeeping magazine...enjoy this easy weeknight delicious dinner in less than you'd need to order takeout..."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (281.6 g)
  • Calories 300.6
  • Total Fat - 7.3 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 56.7 mg
  • Sodium - 529.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 35.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.5 g
  • Sugars - 3.8 g
  • Protein - 27.2 g
  • Calcium - 113.3 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oven to 400°F. Drizzle 2 teaspoon olive oil on rimmed baking sheet. From 2 limes, grate 1 tablespoon zest and in separate bowl squeeze 4 tablespoons juice. Place 2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning in shallow bowl. Drizzle lime juice over 1 pound tilapia pieces, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and dip in blackening seasoning. Transfer to baking sheet and roast until opaque throughout, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 2

In second bowl, toss pineapple matchsticks and sliced red pepper with lime zest, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt; fold in green onions.

Step 3

Top 8 small tortillas (warmed) with red cabbage halves, fish and slaw. Top with sour cream and cilantro and serve with lime wedges if desired.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the tilapia, look for pieces that are the same size so they cook evenly.
  • When cutting the pineapple and red pepper, use a sharp knife to get thin matchstick pieces.

  • Substitute salmon for the tilapia: Salmon is a higher-fat fish, which means it has a higher content of omega-3 fatty acids, making it a healthier choice. This substitution will make the dish even more heart healthy.
  • Substitute Greek yogurt for the sour cream: Greek yogurt is a lower-fat and lower-calorie option than sour cream, making it a healthier choice. This substitution will make the dish even more nutritious.

Vegetarian Version Substitute tofu for the tilapia and use a vegetable-based oil instead of olive oil. Omit the Cajun seasoning and instead season with garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and chili powder. Roast the tofu for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Mexican Rice Pilaf with Corn and Peppers:

This Mexican-inspired rice pilaf is the perfect side to pair with the Blackened Fish Tacos. The combination of rice, corn, peppers, and spices adds a flavorful and colorful accompaniment to the tacos. The corn and peppers add a nice crunch to the dish, and the spices bring out the flavors of the fish.

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa: This tangy and creamy salsa is the perfect complement to the Mexican Rice Pilaf. The combination of tomatillos, avocados, cilantro, and jalapenos adds a delicious zing to the dish. The avocados provide a creamy texture, while the jalapenos bring a nice kick of heat. This salsa is a great way to add a flavorful and colorful touch to your meal.


Q: What type of fish is used in this recipe?

A: This recipe uses tilapia.

Q: How long does it take to prepare this recipe?

A: This recipe takes about 25 minutes to prepare and cook.

2 Reviews


Yum! The cajun seasoning was wonderful with the tilapia. We also really enjoyed the pineapple, red pepper slaw. Such great flavor. Thank you!


review by:
(24 Mar 2023)


These are great! We skipped the red cabbage but otherwise made as directed and loved the pineapple slaw. Easy and good - -what more can you want! Thanks for sharing!


review by:
(30 Sep 2022)

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Fun facts:

The Cajun seasoning used in this recipe is a blend of spices used in Louisiana cooking. It was created by Chef Paul Prudhomme, who is considered to be one of the founding fathers of Cajun cuisine.

Tilapia is a type of fish that is native to the Nile River and was eaten by the ancient Egyptians. It was even mentioned in the Bible as one of the seven "clean" fish that could be eaten.