Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia

Sometimes when it comes to cooking, less is more. This is one of those times. Just a few simple spices on a very lean piece of fish for a quick trip under the broiler and dinner is served. This dish is so versatile that you can take the side dishes in any direction you want, but a simple brown rice and some steamed green beans do the trick with no fuss.

‘Nuff said. Get cooking.


Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia


serves 4



olive oil

4 tilapia fillets

2 teaspoons cumin

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne (red) pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 lime

cooking spray



1. Preheat broiler and place rack on second shelf from the top. Line a broiler plan with foil and spray with cooking spray.

2. Rinse tilapia and pat dry. Rub a small amount of olive oil evenly over fish.

3. Combine cumin through black pepper. Sprinkle over fish, more or less generously depending upon on how spicy you like it. I sprinkle sparingly over the kids’ portions and more heavily for the adults.

4. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes (depending upon the thickness) or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the fillets and serve.

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