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Blackened Tilapia with Zucchini Noodles

I love quick and bright meals like this one-skillet wonder. The way it tastes, you'd think it takes a lot more effort, but it goes from prep to dinner table in half an hour. The recipe works well with any light fish, or even shrimp. —Tammy Brownlow, Dallas, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini (about 1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup pico de gallo

Directions

  • Trim ends of zucchini. Using a spiralizer, cut zucchini into thin strands.
  • Mix cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, smoked paprika, pepper and garlic powder; sprinkle generously onto both sides of tilapia. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. In batches, cook tilapia until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan; keep warm.
  • In same pan, cook zucchini with garlic over medium-high heat until slightly softened, 1-2 minutes, tossing constantly with tongs (do not overcook). Sprinkle with remaining salt. Serve with tilapia and pico de gallo.
Editor's Note: If a spiralizer is not available, zucchini may also be cut into ribbons using a vegetable peeler. Saute as directed, increasing time as necessary.
Nutrition Facts
1 serving: 203 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 522mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 34g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
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  • P vinod
    Jul 10, 2019

    Fish and seafood are more better for me for health reasons-though Turkey is also good-guess fish is the best so will try to have it from a good restaurant or have it made at home

  • cast_iron_king
    Apr 14, 2019

    Nice recipe for lighter fare! I didn't have smoked paprika, so I used Hungarian, and it worked just fine. I love that it takes almost no time to pull everything together for quick and easy meal!

  • Susan
    Jan 12, 2018

    No comment left

  • wdfcdwc
    Oct 31, 2017

    I like this recipe

  • ebramkamp
    Jul 10, 2017

    This is a tasty, light meal. I made it lighter by using a pan which doesn't require any oils or cooking spray. I also added a bit more flavor to the noodles by sprinkling with additional cumin, black pepper and adding some chopped cilantro at the end.