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  • Combine oregano, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and salt.
  • In a shallow bowl combine the melted butter and lemon juice.
  • Dip fish into butter mixture,then press into the spice mixture.
  • Place in a shallow casserole sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for about 15 minutes, or until fish flakes when pressed.

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  1. Jon Edwards
    Very good recipe, and very tasty. The tilapia itself is a softer fish, so if it's baked just long enough, the batter gives it a slight crust. I don't mind spicy foods at all, but thought it was going to be too spicy for my wife as written. However, I went ahead and made it to recipe anyway, and it turned out fine.
  2. najwa
    Great recipe, my family loved it! I melted the butter in a pan, added the lemon then sprinkled with the spices, and baked it in the butter .. prep time was less than 5 minutes ..
  3. Ronamay
    This is very similar to the spices I use when blackening fish, without all the fuss, mess and smoke in the kitchen! We like spicy, and this was. I made the recipe as written, and it turned out very good. I think next time though,I will drizzle a little of the melted butter/lemon over the fillets before cooking, as the thinner parts of the fish came out just a tad dry. Very good none the less. It was quick an easy. I served it with a spicy rice and beans dish and sauteed zucchini, onions and tomatoes. Next time I'll make some cornbread too!Thanks!
  4. Cook In Northwest
    This was super easy and very tasty. I was a bit afraid the cayenne would be too spicy, but it wasn't. I made the recipe as written, but I did pour the remaining butter/lemon onto the fish for a little extra moisture. The baking time was spot on. This is a keeper for sure.
  5. Connie12
    Love, love, love! Super easy and super fast. I used olive oil as mentioned by some others. I made two as instructed and two other fillets I crushed up some French fried onions I needed to use up (just a little bit) and mashed them in the top. Delicious both ways! Cooked my 4 big-box store vacuum sealed, bagged fillets on a cookie sheet with parchment paper exactly 15 minutes - perfectly crunchy and flaky. Hubby actually said the tilapia and couscous was better than the steak and potato we had the night before - that is a BIG deal! ;) Will make again!


  1. Patrick B.
    Use 1/3 to 1/2 list Chili powder. Sprinkle over top and gently press into the meat with fingers or wax paper so that it is applied more evenly.
  2. FitChef2B
    Very tasty way to have tilapia! I substituted butter for olive oil. Excellent!
  3. Nado2003
    We love this. Yummy. We don't even like fish. We ate the whole thing, unbelievable. Per AmyR's suggestion, I sprinkled the spices onto the fish. Since we have children, I substituted paprika for cayenne pepper. The fish was sweet, tender and delicious. We're going to have to eat fish more often. THANK YOU.
  4. Chef h&h
    Amazing! I used Mexican chili flakes instead of powder and I reduced the amount of cayenne pepper. Once I finished pressing the spices I discarded the rest of the melted butter/lemon marinade and let the fish stand for about 1 hour in the fridge cover with saran wrap. This recipe is fantastic my DH loved it and he is in not a tilapia fan. Thank you very much for posting.
  5. Ely67
    This was VERY GOOD. I used olive oil instead of butter and it made no difference at all in the taste. It was simple, fast and healthy. I will be making this again and again. My kind of recipe. We really enjoyed this. Thanks for posting it!!!



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