Spiced BBQ Tilapia

Spiced BBQ Tilapia

Discover the bold and flavorful taste of Spiced BBQ Tilapia, perfect for serving 4. This dish features tilapia fillets marinated in a robust blend of paprika, garlic, onion, cayenne pepper, thyme, and oregano, then grilled to perfection. The smoky, spicy seasoning enhances the delicate flavor of the tilapia, while a squeeze of fresh lemon adds a zesty finish. Serve with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc to balance the spices, or enjoy with a refreshing cucumber mint water for a cooling, non-alcoholic option. This quick and easy recipe brings a burst of flavor to your table.


  • Serves 4

Preparation Items:

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for serving

Preparation Method:

  • Preparing the Spice Mix: In a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper. Mix well to create the seasoning blend.
  • Marinating the Tilapia: Rub each tilapia fillet with olive oil, then evenly coat with the spice mix. Let the fillets marinate for at least 15 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  • Preheating the Grill: Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Oil the grill grates to prevent sticking.
  • Grilling the Tilapia: Place the seasoned tilapia fillets on the grill. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and has a slight char.
  • Serving: Transfer the grilled tilapia to plates, squeeze lemon wedges over the fillets, and serve immediately.

Preparation Time:

  • Total time: 30 minutes
  • Active time: 20 minutes
  • Passive time (marinating): 10 minutes

Drink Pairing:

  • A crisp and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc pairs beautifully with the spicy and smoky flavors of the BBQ tilapia. The acidity of the wine cuts through the spices, complementing the fish perfectly. For a non-alcoholic option, a chilled cucumber mint water would provide a refreshing and cooling contrast to the spice.
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