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Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

June 29, 2008

I abolutely LOVE Paula Deen, she is one of my “go to’s” for a no fail recipe.  I was wanting something we hadn’t had in a while for supper so I got some Tilapia out to prepare, how I was going to prepare it was still up in the air.  I started looking on Food Network’s website and searched Tilapia  when I came across this recipe; after reading I thought “this sounds great and unlike any combination of flavors we’ve ever had”. 

Spencer loves blackened fish, that is one of his favorite things but as far as experimenting with different flavors…that’s another story.  He’ll try anything once; and when I told him about this recipe he just kind of sat there and then agreed he would try it.  Well; I cooked it and needless to say it’s now one of his favorite meals.  We actually had it twice in one week:). 

 Blackened Tilapia:


1/4 cup sweet paprika
2 tablespoons ground thyme
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter,
4 (10-ounce) tilapia fillets
4 Kaiser buns, split, buttered and toasted
Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise, recipe follows
Store-bought mango salsa


In a shallow dish, combine first 6 ingredients.

 Pour melted butter into another shallow dish. Dip fish fillets in the butter and coat with seasoning.

Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook prepared fish, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.


Cooking in pan                   Finished Cooking



Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise:


1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


In a bowl combine all ingredients, cover and chill.

 Spread the mayonnaise mixture over toasted buns.  Place the blackened fish on bun, top with mango salso and then cover with top with the other slice of the bun. 


 ***I couldn’t find sala with chunks of mango in it, which I thought would be good.  So I got a fresh mango and sliced it up and added it to the mango salsa.  It was absolutely fantastic. 

 Recipe Source: Paula Deen, Food Network

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