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Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl Recipe
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Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl Recipe

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I love healthy living and tilapia is a staple in my kitchen. Fresh vegetables are always good but take more prep time, so I use boil-in-bag rice for a shortcut. —Rosalin Johnson, Tupelo, Mississippi
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen pepper and onion stir-fry blend
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 envelope fajita seasoning mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • Optional toppings: cubed avocado, sour cream and salsa


  1. Sprinkle fillets with Cajun seasoning. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Add fillets; cook 4-6 minutes on each side or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Remove and keep warm. Wipe pan clean.
  2. In same skillet, heat remaining oil. Add squash; cook and stir 3 minutes. Add stir-fry blend and tomatoes; cook 6-8 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Stir in fajita seasoning mix; cook and stir 1-2 minutes longer or until slightly thickened.
  3. In a small bowl, mix beans, salt and pepper. Divide rice among four serving bowls; layer with beans, vegetables and fillets. Serve with toppings as desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Spicy Tilapia Rice Bowl in Simple & Delicious October/November 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2014

"This was FABULOUS! Spicy and healthy. The only thing I did differently was to broil the fish instead of frying in oil. My husband loved it and it is so full of veggies! Definitely will make it regularly."

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