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Blackened Tilapia

Weight Watchers Tilapia Recipe

This tilapia recipe is not only super delicious, it’s also ready in a matter of minutes.

If you haven’t tasted tilapia, let me introduce you to it with this simple recipe.

Tilapia is such a mild tasting fish that even people that don’t like fish usually enjoy it.

My husband for one, is not a fish lover but LOVED this recipe! The seasonings are perfect, with just a hint of spice.

I always have lemons on hand, and a squeeze from a lemon slice adds something to almost any fish recipe.

Most blackened recipes are way too spicy for my taste, but not this homemade blend.

The tilapia is pan fried in heart-healthy olive oil.  It’s so juicy and tender, and not dry at all. Cook this up for a quick, healthy dinner any night of the week.

Each skinny serving has 195 calories, 7 grams of fat and 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Food Facts

Tilapia is a variety of mild white fish available year-round whole, fresh or frozen, usually as fillets. Since 2000, tilapia ranks as one of the most popular fish consumed in the United States thanks mainly to the mild taste and reasonable price.

Healthy Benefits

Tilapia is rich in protein, low in fat and a source of vitamins and minerals. Tilapia contains some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids but not as much as other fish, such as salmon. Still, it should be on any list of healthy foods!

Shopping Tips

Most supermarkets sell tilapia at the fish counter. It’s often sold fresh, not frozen. And fresh is my favorite way to buy it.

In my photo, the pieces I bought were larger than 5 ounces so I cut off the ends and froze them for another use. If you buy and cook larger servings, know that the nutritional information and calculated SmartPoints will be different.

I love the flavor of smoked paprika so much more than regular paprika. It smells like BBQ flavors and really enhances the flavor of any recipe that uses paprika. I strongly recommend using it in this recipe. You’ll find it in most supermarkets in the spice aisle. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s. It adds deliciousness to any savory dish where you want a rich, smoky taste.

Serving Tip

I love this fish served with my recipe for Simply, Skinny Crunchy Slaw. It will pair well with any salad or green vegetable.

Weight Watchers SmartPoints 4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 5

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 serving (5 ounces)
195 calories, 7 grams fat, 1 grams sat. fat, 69 mg cholesterol, 29 grams protein, 4 grams carbs, 2 grams fiber, 167 mg sodium, 1 grams sugar

Looking for more tilapia, but served crispy and lemony? Here’s Skinny Kitchen’s Sweet and Lemony Skinny Tilapia. Even with honey and a panko crispy coating, it’s only 7 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

You can find many more skinny and delicious recipes from Nancy Fox over at

Nancy Fox

Nancy Fox is no stranger to the food industry. She founded Mrs. Beasley's, a gift-basket company featuring baskets full of decadent baked goods. It became the "hot" gift to give among the Hollywood community. 
Nancy later opened 2 low fat restaurants called Nancy’s Healthy Kitchen. Her line of reduced-fat cookies were featured on "Oprah's Favorites" gift show. Continuing her passion for cooking and baking Nancy created a recipe website called Skinny Kitchen. Each week she shares skinny recipes, cooking and kitchen tips, food finds and the healthy benefits of many recipes. There’s also nutritional facts and Weight Watchers POINTS on each recipe.

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Monday 20th of March 2017

This was so good and easy to make!!! So moist and flavorful. Yes!! A great new way to have tilapia. This will be a new staple for me. Thanks!

Leila Downey

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

That Blackened Tilapia looks promising. I even haven't heard of it till now. Thank you for sharing. It's perfect for people that do not like fish in general as you said.

Regards, Leila

Anne Parris

Thursday 23rd of February 2017

We hope you like it. Tilapia is my favorite!

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