Tilapia, a relatively plentiful fish, has the unfortunate reputation of being dull. All it needs is a spice rub, a familiar barbecuing technique that works just as well indoors. You could also use this rub on chicken breasts or toss it with lightly oiled shrimp before cooking. Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Put asparagus in a steamer basket, place in the pan, cover and steam until tender-crisp, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a large plate, spreading out to cool.

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  • Combine chili powder, garlic powder and 1/4 teaspoon salt on a plate. Dredge fillets in the spice mixture to coat. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish and cook until just opaque in the center, gently turning halfway, 5 to 7 minutes total. Divide among 4 plates. Immediately add lemon juice, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and asparagus to the pan and cook, stirring constantly, until the asparagus is coated and heated through, about 2 minutes. Serve the asparagus with the fish.

Nutrition Facts

211 calories; 9.7 g total fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 469 mg sodium. 7.8 g carbohydrates; 26.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (34)

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35 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2018
My husband said "don't make tilapia any other way".:). I followed the recipe except subbed fresh green beans for the asparagus (and altered the steaming time). Excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2017
I made this one evening because I wanted to do something different with fish. I used cod and tilapia. Added a tablespoon extra chili powder one teaspoon fresh grated garlic one tablespoon lime juice and used string beans because that's what I had on hand. My 16 year old added some steamed brown rice to her plate but I had mine just as it is. My palate and tummy were extremely happy. I will definitely be making this dish again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2017
Perfect. Only thing I did was double the spice.. easier rub..covered the pan while cooking a couple extra minutes par side. I need any kind of meat cooked!! Perfect. Tender and yummy. Adding to my recipe box. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2017
I wouldn't put as much lemon juice as it calls for it made the asparagus to sour. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2017
Easy and excellent. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2017
The tilapia was simple and delicious! The asparagus was overpowered by lemon. I used 1 bunch of fresh asparagus (about 1 lb) and would 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice at the most. This would have gone nicely with roasted red potatoes or mashed potatoes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2017
Instead of making the rub I just sprinkled the seasoning on the fish and I didn't use lemon at all! It was delicious! Thank You. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2015
Excellent meal for 2 and I don't cook fish! I liked this recipe and I'm not a big fish person. It wasn't spicy like I thought it would be and could have used fresh garlic. I used fresh green beans instead of asparagus tossing it in the pan with fresh squeezed lemon like the recipe says and my boyfriend and I really liked it. Nice job I'll definitely make it again! Pros: Easy tasty healthy clear instructions cheap and even a novice can do it! Cons: Definitely needs the lemon for flavor Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/17/2015
Easy and a hit! This is so easy! I have found that any veggie will work. Don't be put off by the asparagus. I have done it with broccoli and green beans. Will probably try it with kale or spinach at some point. I had to leave out the salt due to low sodium diet. I did deglaze the pan with a little white wine. I felt it needed some liquid and just threw some white wine in and that was good. This is a hit with my whole family. Pros: Easy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2014
Delicious Simple and Fast! I used two big fillet of tilapia that totaled one pound and I needed to use more chilli powder and it taste great--not too spicy at all. I served with a creamy parmesean polenta to round out the meal. Turned out amazing! Pros: Easy quick tasty filling healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/06/2013
Easy quick yet delicious. My favorite fish recipe ever! Pros: So easy yet delicious Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2013
If you have some boring old white fish in your freezer you can quickly take it out thaw in a half an hour and literally be done with this flavorful meal in 40 minutes thaw to eat! My go to fish recipe. Pros: Super fast and easy always have the ingredients on hand Cons: none Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2013
Yum! Yum! Used same amount of seasoning with 2 lbs of fish. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/01/2013
Yum! Yum! Used same amount of seasoning with 2 lbs of fish. Pros: Healthy tasty fast Cons: No cons Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/13/2013
Amazing way to cook fish I have been looking for a new tasty way to cook fish and this was it....it was delicious. I added a side of red skin potatoes with rosemary and garlic. The only thing I would change is to cut down the chili powder. I love spicy food but it was a little much and masked the other great flavors. I would definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2013
Easy and fulfilling Used Cod instead of Tilapia but it still came out great. Maybe on the tad salty side but that could have been my doing. The aspargus came out amazing! I think I liked them more than the fish itself. Pros: Quick prep and cook time healthy Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/09/2012
Too HOT! I think the 2 TABLESPOONS of Chili powder should have been 2 Teaspoons. I love spicy food but I think this dish was thrown off balance by way too much chili. Can the authors please review this recipe Pros: easy to prepare Cons: too much chili powder Read More
Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2012
Very good! Would not change a thing..........My boyfriend loved it and so did I! So easy it is now my go to talapia recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is an excellent and easy dish. Something about it made the Tilapia very juicy and flavorful. We actually have made it twice now and tonight did it without the asparagus - we just squeezed the lemon on the fish towards the end of cooking. Five stars! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This is my favorite go to recipe I love it with sweet potato fries or just a salad. Quick very tasty just the thing for a weekday dinner. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Easy and so flavorful!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
For a family that does like like wish we will be making this again! Very light and healthy with a punch of flavor. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
OMG This is one of the BEST meal's that I have ever had!!!!!!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Tasty quick and very light! I would definately make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
i have to say... i made this dish with broocoli instead of asparagus and it was great! one thing... i think i overdid it with the chili powder Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum! Just the right amount of heat. Any veggie would do steamed or blanched. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
So delicious and easy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Nice Change I was able to cut the calories and saturated fat by reducing the amount of olive oil by 50%. Just make sure you are using a non-stick pan and the results will be just as good. Pros: Easy Quick To Prepare Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Light Flavorful satisfying! Great flavor! Great way to make tilapia tasty! We will be eating this at least once a week. Pros: Light flavorful satisfying! Cons: You tell me. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Shut my mouth and slap my momma! This spice rub is so much more flavorful than the marinade I was using on tilapia previously. It seared the fish so that the outside was crisp and the inside was tender. What really wowed me is the effect on the asparagus. I love asparagus already full disclosure but I didn't know it could taste so good spicy. I did have to make an alternative rub to use for the members of the family who can't handle the chili - I used 1T of Mrs Dash in place of the 2T of Chili Powder for them and dredged their fish lighter than I dredged mine. Pros: This spice blend does wonderful things for asparagus. Cons: You will need to come up with an alternative spice blend for the spicy-averse members of the family. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
So Simple but Tasty! I already love tilapia it's usually my go-to fish. This rub was so easy to throw together and made the fish extremely flavorful. I would definitely make this again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good but SPICY!! This was a very flavorful fish recipe. It was also very spicy. I used the amount of chili powder called for in the recipe and both my husband and myself were having a hard time eating it.........and we are from New Mexico and grew up on spicy food. Next time I will use less chili powder. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
A new regular This is a great dish! We used Orange Roughy which was a perfect fish for this dish. We will be having this often! Pros: Quick and tasty Cons: none Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This was terrific!! This tasted great! Something different for fish. I followed others suggestions and used less chili powder. It was sooo tasty and easy to prepare. Pros: easy to prepare Read More