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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, April/May 2005
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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; protein 26.1g 52% DV; carbohydrates 7.8g 3% DV; exchange other carbs 0.5; dietary fiber 3.9g 16% DV; sugars 2.8g; fat 9.7g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.8g 9% DV; cholesterol 56.7mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 2110.2IU 42% DV; vitamin c 11.2mg 19% DV; folate 93.3mcg 23% DV; calcium 54.7mg 6% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 54.5mg 20% DV; potassium 680.7mg 19% DV; sodium 468.5mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 23% DV.

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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
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: 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
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
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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: 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
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
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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
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
10/30/2011
So delicious and easy! Read More