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Blackened Cajun Tilapia with Avocado Tomato Salsa

A fresh and spicy blackened Cajun Tilapia fillet that serves as the perfect lunch or dinner. This recipe is Keto, Whole30 and Paleo compliant.

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x




  • 6 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tbsp ghee (melted)

Cajun Rub

  • 3 tbsp paprika
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Pink salt
  • 2 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme

Avocado and Tomato Salsa

  • 1 large cucumber (diced)
  • 1/3 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 whole avocado (diced)
  • 2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes (cut in fourths)
  • 3 tbsp Cilantro (chopped )
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning


Tilapia Fillets

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine your all of your seasonings into a jar and shake or mix together with a spoon.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and cover with 2 or 3 tbsp of olive oil or spray with non stick cooking spray.
  4. Pat each fillet dry on the front and back and brush with the melted ghee and cover each side of the fillet with the Cajun dry rub.
  5. Place each fillet on the parchment paper and add to the oven and cook until desired doneness. Cook anywhere between 9-10 minutes for the fillets to be moist and flaky .

Avocado and Tomato Salsa

  1. Chop the onions, and cilantro, dice the cucumbers and slice the tomatoes into fourths, add to a mixing bowl.
  2. Cut the avocados and remove the pit. Slice into large cubes.
  3. Add in the seasoning, olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice to the veggies and mix until combined. Add to the refrigerator to chill for 1 to 2 hours or serve immediately.
  4. Add a tilapia fillet to a serving dish and top with fresh salsa and enjoy.
  • Author: Ashley McCrary
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Main Dish, Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Cajun