Cajun Grilled Tilapia

★★★★★ 3 Reviews
DennyK avatar
By Denny Keller
from Covington, LA

It's fast, affordable, and goes great with a cold beer or white wine!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A delicious light meal for a hot summer day. Tilapia is a mild fish so the Cajun seasoning and lemon pepper are perfect to jazz up the flavor. We love placing a slice of lemon on the tilapia while it grills. The tilapia just soaks up the flavor. If you want to kick up the spiciness, the grilled jalapenos are a nice touch on the side. The ranch mellows the spice out a bit. Yum!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
serves 8
prep time 20 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Grill


  • 8 md
    tilapia, filets
  • bbq pit or stove top
  • flat or raised edge grill
  • 1/2 c
    olive oil
  • Cajun seasoning
  • lemon pepper
  • 8 slice
    lemon slices
  • 8 md
    jalapeno peppers
  • 1 bottle
    ranch dressing

How To Make

Test Kitchen Tips
Season to suit your taste buds, but be mindful of the Cajun seasoning. Some have a lot of salt so go easy.
  • 1
    Heat flat grill to medium heat.
  • 2
    Wash & pat dry tilapia.
  • 3
    Sprinkle tilapia with olive oil. Lightly coat with Cajun seasoning and lemon pepper.
  • 4
    Place the top side of the fish (rounded) down on the grill first. After 3 to 4 minutes flip the fish over and continue to cook 3 to 4 minutes longer. At this point, you can add the lemon slice on top of the fish.
  • 5
    If you choose to have the jalapenos, put them on the grill ahead of time rotating often till done.
  • 6
    The grilled jalapenos and ranch Dressing accompany the tilapia quite nicely.
  • 7