Blackened Tilapia Fish Tacos

Have you ever cooked a tilapia recipe?

Tilapia is a white fish that is native to Africa, but is now farmed in more than 135 countries. We can trace tilapia all the way back to hieroglyphs in Ancient Egypt!

Tilapia is the fourth most popular fish eaten in the United States. It’s one of the more affordable fish types and has a mild flavor. Tilapia is primarily found in freshwater, most commonly in shallow areas like ponds and streams. It is an excellent source of lean protein and is rich in selenium, vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals.

At Cameron’s Seafood, we sell tilapia fillets that are fine-textured and raised without the use of antibiotics or steroids.

Fun fact: tilapia is very low in mercury, making it a great choice for pregnant women as it is recommended to minimize the consumption of mercury-rich seafood (such as tuna and swordfish) during pregnancy.

There are so many great ways to prepare tilapia. Today we are going to share with you an easy recipe for tilapia fish tacos. This easy tilapia fish taco recipe features a blackening spice and is filled with bright flavors and delicious vegetables.

Here is our blackened tilapia fish tacos recipe!

Blackened Tilapia Fish Tacos

Skill Level: Beginner
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 4 (but can stretch it if you need to)


  • 2 lbs Cameron's Tilapia Fillets
  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 3 green onions thinly sliced
  • 2 avocados: halved seeded, and sliced
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime halved
  • 8 small white flour tortillas
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt


  1. Combine the ingredients for the blackening rub (cumin, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, oregano, thyme, salt & pepper) in a small bowl and then coat your tilapia with it. You may not need all of the rub, but make sure your fish is well coated. Let the rub sit on the fish and marinate while you make your cilantro sour cream.
  2. Combine the sour cream and cilantro leaves in a blender or food processor and blend until you see small specks of cilantro in the sour cream. Set aside until needed.
  3. Pour 2 tbsp of cooking oil into a skillet or cast iron pan and heat over medium heat until quite hot. Sear your fish until it is as black and crisp as you would like it, making sure to cook the fish for about 2-3 minutes on each side. If you have thick fillets, you may need to cook them a bit longer with the heat turned down slightly. When your fish is flaky, it is ready to put in your tacos.
  4. Warm your tortillas in a frying pan over medium heat just until they're warm to the touch. Divide your blackened tilapia among the 8 tortillas and top the fish with the shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, sliced avocado, and thinly sliced green onions. Drizzle with your cilantro sour cream and a squeeze of lime juice and dinner is ready!
  5. These tacos would go well with a small side salad, homemade french fries or maybe even some rice and beans. This meal is incredibly tasty and it's sure to impress whoever you are serving it to.
  6. We hope you enjoy eating these tilapia fish tacos as much as we did!

Buy Maryland Blue Crab Online

Looking to try other good tilapia recipes? Don’t forget to visit our online store where you can buy tilapia fillets and many other fresh seafood items, such as our famous Maryland blue crabs. We offer nationwide shipping in the United States within 48 hours.

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By: Melanie Craighead


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