Blackened Tilapia Sandwiches

Don’t people eat fish on Fridays this time of year? I feel like it’s Lenty, right? We’ll call it Lenty.

Blackened tilapia! An unsung hero of fish dinners. I happen to actually like tilapia. It’s inexpensive, takes on any flavor you give it, and flakes beautifully. Here we’ll blacken the crud out of it for attitude, then throw it on a bun with a delicious tangy sauce and call it good.

Let us peepeth.

So the frozen package of tilapia that I bought had three fillets in it. You may want to hit up the counter for all four, or just divide up the three over four sandwiches, like we did. Either way works, huuun.

Butter lettuce! Why not. It’s delicate and soft. But use what you love.

I add red onion to everything, but leave it off if you’re weird about it, ya weirdo.

And that sauce? Girl. Mayo + grainy mustard + malt vinegar. Make your life about it.

We’ll combine some paprika (not smoked, regular), garlic and onion powder, some lemon peel seasoning (lemon pepper is just fine) and some salt. Swirl in a bit of olive oil to make a paste, then slather it all over the fish. Both sides. Get her on a rimmed baking sheet and let’s broil!

Yes it looks BURNT (I say it a certain way, and if you know me IRL you’ll hear me saying it), but it’s not. It’s blackened. We’re not arguing today.

Get that sauce on the top toasted bun. Get the butter lettuce on the bottom. Get the fish on the lettuce. Get some red onion and a good squeeze of lemon over everything. And be one with it.

Be sure and serve it with crisp pickles and kettle chips! It’s like nothing else.

The fish isn’t spicy, it’s just spiced. Has a lot of depth. And with that sauce? Are you kidding?

It’s easy. It’s quick. Has intense flavor, and it just works.

Fish this Friday? Jeah!

Blackened Tilapia Sandwiches
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  • 12 oz frozen tilapia, thawed and pat dry
  • 2 Tbs. Paprika
  • 1 Tbs. Lemon peel seasoning (or lemon pepper)
  • 2 Tbs. Garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs. Onion powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs. Grainy mustard
  • 1 Tbs. Malt vinegar
  • 4 bakery hamburger buns, lightly toasted
  • Butter lettuce, rinsed
  • Thinly sliced red onion, for garnish
  • Lemon, for spritzing


  1. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, lemon peel seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder and the salt. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. Brush the tilapia fillets with the marinade on both sides and place them on a baking sheet.
  2. Broil for seven to nine minutes, until blackened and flakey.
  3. In the meantime, combine the mayo, mustard and malt vinegar in a small bowl.
  4. Place a butter leaf (or two) on the bottom bun, then top with a fish fillet. Layer a little red onion over the top if you desire. Spread the sauce on the top bun and you’re set. A little spritz of lemon juice? Yeah!
  5. Serve immediately.
  6. Makes 3-4 sandwiches.

Tonight works, too.

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2 Responses to Blackened Tilapia Sandwiches

  1. Aldean April 23, 2024 at 4:44 pm #
    Hi!:) How much olive oil should be added to make the marinade? Thanks, -Aldean

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