Pan Fried Cajun Tilapia

If you were to ask me what my favorite food was, I would simply respond…


I love food that screams with flavor, and gives you a good kick in the mouth.

Unfortunately for me, my kids don’t always share the same feelings. So the other day I took advantage of the fact that everyone except me was sick with that yucky stomach bug and I whipped up a tasty tilapia dish just for moi!













Oh yes, this Pan Fried Cajun Tilapia is one kick-in-the-mouth fish!

I love cooking with Tilapia. It’s very mild in flavor, {no fishy taste here!} and extremely versatile! I have done just about everything you can do with Tilapia, fried, baked, roasted, grilled, and even microwaved the little guy.

It always turns out tasty!
















If you are looking for a spicy kick to your Tilapia {or any white fish} then you should try this out. It’s wont disappoint.


Sprinkle the fillet with your favorite hot sauce. I used Louisiana’s but I really love Red Devil {but I ran out of it}. Then just use a pastry or grilling brush and spread it all over.













Grab some good ‘ol Cajun Seasoning and shake, shake, shake!

Coat both sides in yellow cornmeal.













Toss the fish into a hot skillet with a couple tablespoons of oil. Cook on for 3-4 minutes on both sides or until the fish is no longer transparent and flakes easily.

So easy huh!?

I love how you can whip this up for a quick lunch even!













That sauce on top is just some sour cream and hot sauce whisked together. It gives it a little cooling off effect, but still a good kick.

What’s your favorite way to prepare Tilapia?


Pan Fried Cajun Tilapia

Tilapia with a little spice to keep things exciting.

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 Tilapia fillets
  • Louisiana Hot Sauce (or your favorite if you prefer)
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • 1 cup yellow corn meal
  • 23 tbsp vegetable oil

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tbsp Louisiana Hot Sauce


  1. Rinse and pat dry the Tilapia fillets. Brush on and evenly coat each fillet with hot sauce. Sprinkle both sides of fish with Cajun seasoning. Place corn meal in a flat dish. Coat both sides of the fish in the corn meal. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook Tilapia in the hot oil for 3-4 minutes per side or until no longer transparent and the fish flakes easily.

For the sauce:

  1. Whisk together the sour cream and hot sauce until smooth and combined. Serve on top or on the side of the Cajun Tilapia.
  2. Enjoy

Keywords: pan fried, tilapia, hot sauce, spicy

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
2 Responses
  1. iwashyoudry

    I love this hot sauce! I put it on eggs and sandwiches, I am sure you will find many uses for it! This recipe is a great one to try with it! Do let me know if you try and enjoy it!

  2. I live in Australia and recently bought a bottle of Louisiana hot sauce imported from the USA after I saw it for sale here in the American food section of a department store. My husband Pete loves hot sauce and so I mainly bought it for him. I love that I have just spotted it being used here on your blog 🙂
    Love the look and sound of this recipe. I think we will have to try this one!
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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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