1/2tspchipotle chile pepper powder, optional(the chipotle chile adds a smokey flavor to the tilapia)
Rinse fillets under water and dry. Salt and pepper the fish pieces.
Place all the spices in a small plastic bag and shake to mix.
Place oil in heavy skillet over medium high heat. Coat pieces of fish, three at a time, in the spice mixture.
When oil is very hot, almost smoking, add the fish being careful not to crowd the pieces. Fry fish for 1 minute on each side. There will be some smoking. Because tilapia is a tapered fish, meaning the sides taper off and are not as thick as the center, the fish will cook very quickly. Watch it! You don't want to over cook the tilapia.
You can also cook this blackened tilapia recipe in the oven.1. Spray a baking dish with non stick cooking spray. Place the coated fillets in baking dish and into a 375° oven for 5 to 6 minutes per side. When fish is flaky and cuts easily with a fork, it is done. Blackened tilapia fish recipes are great paired with garlic mashed potatoes topped with Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley.