Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices

Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices

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"I found this recipe in the pocket of a sleeping hobo lying by the railroad tracks. Where a hobo gets Tilapia from I have no clue."


18 m servings 245 cals
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Original recipe yields 4 servings



  • Calories:
  • 245 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 6.8 g
  • 10%
  • Carbs:
  • 21.5g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 26.8 g
  • 54%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 42 mg
  • 14%
  • Sodium:
  • 1688 mg
  • 68%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small bowl or jar with a lid, make the spice blend. Mix together the paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, white pepper, black pepper, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, celery seed and kosher salt. Coat the fish fillets with the spice mixture, and allow to sit at room temperature for no longer than 30 minutes.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat. Add oil, and heat until it is almost smoking. Place the fillets in the pan, and cook for about 3 minutes per side, or until fish is opaque and can be flaked with a fork. Remove from the pan, and place onto slices of white bread. Pour pan juices over them and squeeze lemon juice all over. Do not underestimate the white bread. It gets quite tasty soaking up all the juices.
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I think the "recipe" for the secret hobo spices was actually the ingredient label from a bottle of Astor Cajun Seasoning! (Just kidding!) But it is the exact same ingredients in case someone wa...

Hmmm... and why were you picking the pockets of a sleeping hobo? That's sinking a little low, don'tcha think? If you roll him again, tell him we enjoyed his recipe. Didn't use the bread as I'm g...

You can actually buy blackening seasons (Prudhomme, sp?) is what we use...and we follow the directions on the bottle...We serve on a Keiser roll with the seasoned mayo (1/2 c sour cream, 1/2 c M...

I really liked this recipe. It was super easy & a quick fix for a mid-week meal. And just as an FYI... Emril's Essence has many of the same spices listed here~ using that saves alot of time & ...

This was delicious and very easy to make. We added a little bit of lemon onto the fish while it was cooking and served it over a bed of rice with steamed broccoli. the fish is spicy, but it's no...

This recipe is very similar to the famous one created by Chef Paul Prudhomme of New Orleans. I have made this with fresh Grouper many times and always used butter inplace of oil.Serve with a sid...

My favorite tilapia recipe. Next time I'll cut down the paprika to 2 tbsp.

My only question is "What were you doing looking through the pockets of a hobo?"...I'm sure there is more to the story, we'd like to hear it. Anyway, this is pretty good. Spicy of course but w...

Make sure you salt to taste. I added the full amount and it was horribly salty. My husband and I agreed it was a great recipe minus the saltiness