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Cajun Tilapia + Lemon Tarragon Tartar Sauce

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The flavorful combination of my homemade Cajun spice blend and this homemade lemon tarragon tartar sauce is out of this world. The fish is melt-in-your-mouth tender, light and a smidgen spicy while the tartar sauce cools it down with its bright and fresh flavors. Are you sold on this or what??
Course Mains & Entrees
Cuisine American
Keyword broiled, cajun, easy, one pan, seafood, tilapia
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Additional Time 5 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 473
Author Laurie McNamara

Ingredients

FOR THE TARTAR SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise homemade or store-bought
  • 1/4 cup finely diced dill pickle
  • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallot
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • kosher salt to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE TILAPIA:

  • olive oil spray
  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil or avocado oil, divided
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 4 fresh tilapia filets

Instructions

FOR THE TARTAR SAUCE:

  • In a bowl combine mayo, pickle, shallot, lemon zest, tarragon and parsley. Stir, taste and season with salt and pepper before covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating until ready to serve.

FOR THE TILAPIA:

  • Pull the tilapia out of the fridge to bring up to room temperature about 20 minutes prior to cooking.
  • Prehate oven to broil and line a large, rimmed sheet pan with aluminum foil. Lightly spray the foil with olive oil spray.
  • In a shallow dish combine: oil, lemon juice, cornstarch, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne. Whisk to combine.
  • Dip the tilapia filets into the Cajun mixture. Use your fingers to coat each filet evenly. Place fish, bottom-side facing up, onto prepared pan. Broil the tilapia for 5 minutes before carefully flipping and broiling for 4 more minutes or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily.
  • Serve with Lemon Tarragon Tartar Sauce and forks.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 783mg | Potassium: 619mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 2mg