Blackened Tilapia Sandwich with Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1/4 cup sweet paprika

2 tablespoons ground thyme

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted

4 (10-ounce) tilapia fillets

4 Kaiser buns, split, buttered and toasted

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise, recipe follows

Store-bought mango salsa

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise:

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice


  1. In a shallow dish, combine first 6 ingredients.
  2. Pour melted butter into another shallow dish. Dip fish fillets in melted butter and coat with seasoning mixture.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Cook prepared fish, in batches if necessary, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. Spread Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise evenly over toasted buns. Place blackened fish on bottom half of bun, top with mango salsa, and cover with top half of bun.

Cilantro Lime Mayonnaise:

  1. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Cover and chill.