Intro: Oven Blackened Tilapia With Cajun Rice
I've always enjoyed Cajun food. However, most of the restaurants near me that serve it are extremely pricey. I love trying to recreate recipes at home, so I played around in the kitchen until I came up with this.
This is a multi-stage recipe, but don't be discouraged. It'll come together easily.
I think it's pretty darn tasty and I hope you will too!
Step 1: Ingredients
-CAJUN SPICE MIX-
1 tsp Cumin
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Garlic Powder
2.5 tsp Paprika
2 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Onion Powder
1 tsp Cayenne
2 tsp Oregano
4 Medium Tilapia Filets
Cajun Spice Mix
2 TBSP Butter
2 tsp Cajun Spice Mix
1 Cup White Rice
1 Celery Stalk
2 TBSP Fresh White Onion
4 oz. Crab Meat
2 TBSP Butter
1 Cup Heavy Cream
2 tsp Cajun Spices
Step 2: Make the Spice Mix
Combine your spices in a bowl. This will yield about 1/4 cup. Keep the remainder in an air tight container
This is my take on a Cajun spice mix. It is a mildly hot mix that can easily be changed. Feel free to modify the spice levels to your liking.
Step 3: The Fish
Tilapia is a fairly mild fish, so it works quite well with this recipe.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 C).
Line a baking pan with aluminum foil.
Pat the fillets dry and brush on a light coating of olive oil.
Liberally apply the spice mix to both sides of the fish and place on the pan.
Place the pan in your oven and bake for 12-15 minutes (thickness of fish will vary cooking times). The fish is done when it flakes easily with a fork.
Step 4: The Rice
Finely chop the celery and onion.
Place your skillet over medium to high heat.
Add 2 TBSP of butter to the skillet and saute the celery and onion.
Add the rice and brown very slightly.
Add the chicken stock and Cajun spice then simmer until done (app. 15 minutes)
Step 5: Cream Sauce
Place the butter and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly. Drain the crab and put it in the pot. Add 2 tsp. Cajun seasoning and continue to stir. Watch it closely because it will boil over if you do not constantly stir it! Simmer for 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
-note- If you want a thicker sauce, add 1 tsp of corn starch to water, then add to the sauce while cooking.
Step 6: Put It Together
Place the fish fillets on a bed of rice. Add the sauce and enjoy!
Once again, thanks for reading!