Food Recipes Grilled Blackened Tilapia

This was AWESOME. It’s -20 here today so my grill wouldn’t fully heat up so I just kept an eye on it and ended up doing 10 minutes per side! But it worked out great anyway. Thanks so much.


  • 1 pound Tilapia
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Blackening Rub

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dry thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper to taste


  • Preheat grill to as high as it will go. For me, that is 600+ degrees. If using a griddle instead of a grill basket, then place it on the grill to preheat.
  • Combine 3 tablespoons paprika, one teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon onion powder, one teaspoon black pepper, one teaspoon dry thyme, one teaspoon dry oregano and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Also, add cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon for normal (3/10 heat) 1/2 teaspoon for spicy (7/10) and one teaspoon for manly man 10/10 heat.
  • Rinse and pat dry 1 pound of tilapia.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a microwave. About 15 seconds.
  • Brush both sides of tilapia with the melted butter.
  • Coat both sides of the tilapia with a generous amount of the rub. You don’t need all the rub.
  • Spray a flexible grill basket with a generous amount of PAM.
  • Load the tilapia in the grill basket. Alternatively, if using a griddle then add a tablespoon or so of vegetable oil to the preheated griddle. Do not use olive oil since it smokes at high temperatures.
  • Place the tilapia on preheated grill. The lid may be open or closed. Grill for only 2 minutes. Flip and grill another 2 minutes. Use a watch with a second hand and do not overcook.
  • Done. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes


  1. Maybe grilled with the hood open or closed.
  2. I use 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper here. This was a 7/10 hot. I suspect most people will want 1/4 teaspoon which is a 3-4/10 heat level. The original recipe used a full teaspoon which I did once. It was what I call manly man level of 10/10.


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