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Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Tilapia

This Cajun tilapia recipe will make you feel like you're cruising down through the bayou

Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Tilapia
Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Tilapia
Print Recipe

(Photo courtesy of Brandi Goolsby)


  • 4 (4- to 6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning (Creole seasoning may be substituted)
  • 3 tablespoons self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Lemon (optional)
  • Fresh parsley sprig for garnish


Sprinkle fillets with 1 teaspoon seasoning. Combine remaining seasoning, flour and cornmeal. Dredge fillets in flour mixture, shaking off excess.

Melt butter with oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add fillets, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes with a fork. Squeeze juice from lemon over fillets and garnish, if desired. Serve immediately.

You may also substitute tilapia with chicken.

Cajun-Seasoned Pan-Fried Chicken Breasts:

Substitute 4 (8-ounce) skinned and boned chicken breasts for tilapia. Proceed with recipe as directed, cooking 8 to 10 minutes on each side or until done.

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