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Southern Baked Tilapia

We've had some inquiries about Southern Baked Tilapia so today I'm sharing my cajun seasoned tilapia recipe! It's family friendly and super quick to make.

This delicious southern baked tilapia recipe uses cajun seasonings to create a flavorful and easy dinner recipe that the whole family will enjoy.

You might be thinking that cajun will be too spicy for kids but fear not, more on that below. This tasty baked tilapia is quick and simple to prepare which means it's perfect for even the busiest of weeknights.

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The great thing about tilapia recipes is that they are so quick to cook. Even from frozen you can have these filets ready in 30 minutes or less. Fish recipes are perfect for busy weeknights because they're quick!

Southern baked tilapia pairs well with all kinds of recipes too. You can make Easy Vegetable Side Dishes or Instant Pot Mexican Rice, or Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice!

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What's in cajun seasoning?

If you have never used cajun seasoning before you might be wondering if you can make your own or if you want to just have an idea of the spices and seasonings included in this blend, I've got you covered.

Typically cajun seasoning is a blend of paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, pepper and oregano. You can adjust each seasoning if you are making your own so that it's more or less on the ingredients that you enjoy!

You can use this recipe to make an easy version at home for yourself!

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What do I need to make southern baked tilapia?

For this recipe you will need tilapia fillets and cajun seasoning. That's it, that's all. Nothing crazy or fancy happening here. You can use fresh filets or you can use frozen ones. Either way the recipe will come out pretty much the same.

ingredients needed for this recipe laid out before we begin the cooking process.

If you use frozen filets you can thaw them out first or just add some time when cooking to accomodate the thawing in the oven process.

You can find the full amounts, step by step guide, nutritional estimates, shopping links and more in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

finished image showing the baked tilapia ready to eat.

How to make this easy cajun tilapia recipe:

Get ready to be blown away. This super simple process is quick and easy to follow. You will love how easy this recipe is to make because the end result is so flavorful!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray to prevent the fish from sticking to it.

tilapia on a baking sheet ready to cook

Arrange fish on a baking sheet, then top with seasoning.

Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven.

finished tilapia on plates with greens ready to serve.

Was that easy or what?! I wasn't kidding when I said this was a simple dinner recipe. It's great for weeknights because it only takes about 15 minutes to get it on the table. Everything comes together quickly and even kids can help make this one.

When it comes to leftovers you can serve them up with salad, veggies, rice dishes, and more. This recipe pairs well with anything.

close up of the finished tilapia ready to serve.

Are you looking for more delicious tilapia recipes to try?

I have a lot of tilapia recipes to share with you because they're so easy we make a bunch of different varieties on a pretty regular basis! Everyone in my home likes tilapia and it's a great fish for those who don't like fish because it's a very neutral flavor.

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Printable Southern Baked Tilapia Recipe:

Yield: 5 Servings

Southern Baked Tilapia

featured image with two plates of finished southern baked tilapia ready to eat.

We've had some inquiries about Southern Baked Tilapia so today I'm sharing my cajun seasoned tilapia recipe! It's family friendly and super quick to make.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb tilapia, thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon Cajun seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray to prevent the fish from sticking to it.
  3. Arrange fish on a baking sheet, then top with seasoning.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then remove from the oven.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 701mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 24g

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