"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." — Six Pack To Go
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ground white pepper
ground black pepper
cayenne pepper, or to taste
kosher salt, or to taste
lemon, cut into wedges
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 wants to make this and not buy all the spices. In their recipe though, they dip the fillets in melted butter, coat with the seasoning, and blacken in a hot iron skillet (without the oil or white bread).
Either way it's very good. I served mine over a bed of brown rice made with chicken stock instead of water and added sautaed onions & mushrooms and frozen green peas. When served together it balances out the spiceness of the cajun seasonings perfectly!
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
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 gluten intolerant, but the fish was very good.
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 Mayo, 1 TBS chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tsp, fresh lemon juice, 1/2 tsp blackening season) which is something we just experimented with, and lettuce...of course the kids think it's best w/ fries and cole slaw...but I concede...I like the Tilapia on a nice bed of greens!!! :)
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 not too spicy with the rice to go with it. I did decrease the paprica by 1/3, per recommendations of other reviews and it was perfect. It is a little salty, still, so you may want to adjust the salt a bit.
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 & money. It was a little bit salty - but still delicious. I served mine with a black bean salad. Thanks Hobo, for your secret spices!
My favorite tilapia recipe. Next time I'll cut down the paprika to 2 tbsp.
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 side dish of
Cajun Potato Salad. Warning!!! Cook outside because of the INTENSE Smoke that
it creates.Otherwise this is a GOOD Recipe.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Blackened Tilapia with Secret Hobo Spices
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 61
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