Pan-fried Spicy Tilapia w/Cucumber Salad

This weeknight dinner wasn’t fancy, nor fussy, just delicious with the pairing of pan-fried tilapia and cucumbers!

It had been a while since we last had tilapia so it was time to fry some up.  Lots of spicy seasonings were in order, with cornmeal for added crunchiness.  Adjust cayenne pepper to your heat preference.

I serve the cucumber salad with fish year round because it’s delicious and knows how to perk up a meal.

The salad is composed of crisp and cool cucumbers smothered in a sour cream sauce, with enough white wine vinegar for a little bite.  

Red bell peppers and green onions are incorporated for taste and eye appeal ~ and a smidgeon of sugar doesn’t hurt either ~ it keeps it on the delicate side.

This is a quick meal that isn’t short on flavor...

In other words, it’s pretty close to perfection and good enough for company!

Pan-fried Spicy Tilapia w/Cucumber Salad
Printable recipe


1½ pounds fresh tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon each, butter and vegetable oil
¼ cup cornmeal
2 tablespoons parsley flakes
½ teaspoon each, salt and seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Heat butter and oil in a large skillet over low heat.
Pat fish dry with a paper towel.
On a shallow plate, mix together cornmeal and seasonings.
While butter melts, dredge fish in cornmeal mixture.
Increase heat to medium high, heat for a minute until butter turns a golden brown.
Add fillets to pan and sauté about 3 minutes on each side until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
Transfer to serving plate and serve with Cucumber Salad.

Cucumber Salad


1 large cucumber, sliced thin
¼ teaspoon each, salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, chopped
¼ light sour cream
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
½ teaspoon sugar, more or less


Combine all ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate at least an hour before serving with tilapia.



La Table De Nana said...

I find your fish dishes..always make me happy if I am having fish that day:) And we are.. your topping looks so fresh.

Unknown said...

Nice...thanks for the weekend's inspiration.

Big Dude said...

That's some fine looking fish Pam

David said...

Pam, Love Tilapia and this spiced up corn meal recipe is right up my alley! Pretty too! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

Hi Pam, your tilapia is cooked perfectly, looks delicious!

Dottie said...

Hi Pam,
I love fish and Tilapia is one of my favorites. This dish of the fish with that fabulous salad, now that is a meal for sure that I would enjoy very much. Everytime I stop over to visit I find your post delightful..always looking forward to your special recipes.
Thanks for sharing..have a wonderful weekend....hope you stay warm..not sure what your weather will be like, but it is going to be cold here on Long Island this weekend.
Dottie :)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

We love Tilapia and it's been a while since I've made it. The condiment salad is one I wouldn't have thought of but it sounds so refreshing with the crusty fried fish!

Torviewtoronto said...

salad looks delicious

Velva said...

This cucumber salad remind of me a traditional German type salad (minus the red bell pepper) . This salad is a nice companion to the crisp tilapia.

Have a great weekend.


Angie's Recipes said...

This is the kind of meal I would love too...simple, quick yet very delicious and healthy.

The Happy Whisk said...

Ohhhhh, very very nice.

Pam said...

Thanks, Monique! I'm happy you're here! Take care

Pam said...

Thanks Stoneman! Perfect weekend fodder! Let me know how you like it! Have a fun weekend!

Pam said...

Thanks, Larry! The crispy fish made for a tasty meal! Take care

Pam said...

Hi David! Great minds think alike! ☺ I always like corn meal on fish and spicy is better! You have a great weekend!

Pam said...

Hi Cheri! Thank you! It's so fast and easy to make. Thanks for the visit!

Pam said...

Hi Dottie! You are a sweetie, thank you! This fish is the next best to deep-fried fish!
Our weather is better now, still chilly and a little windy, but not like the last 3 days. I thought we were going to blow away... Have a great weekend!

Pam said...

Thanks, Susan! Same here, a good while since we had tilapia. The crunchy salad goes perfectly with it. Take care

Pam said...

Thanks, Akheela! It is!

Pam said...

Hi Velva! You're right, should've thought of that since we lived in Germany when Bill was in the Army. Take care and have a great weekend too!

Pam said...

Thanks, Angie! You're right on spot, it's all you said! Thanks for stopping by!

Pam said...

Hi Ivy! Thanks! And have a fun weekend!

Barbara said...

Your spicy tilapia really hits the spot, Pam. And the refreshing cucumber salad is a perfect balance.

Medeja- CranberryJam said...

The taste my be amazing! That crust sounds so flavorful!

Anonymous said...

I always like fish that is coated with a cornmeal dusting. Your dish sounds wonderful.

Evelyne CulturEatz said...

Oh love the use of cornmeal for added crunchiness and little oil. And great pairing with that salad. May be a dish during the week!

Pam said...

Thanks Barbara! Hope you're having a great day!

Pam said...

Thanks, Medeja! We like it!

Pam said...

Thanks, Karen! Take care

Pam said...

Hi Evelyne! The salad adds more good crunch. Hope you like it if you make it!

Abbe@This is How I Cook said...

That looks so crispy and delicious! Serve that to me any day of the week and I would be a happy camper!

Pam said...

Thanks Abbe! I know what you mean!

grace said...

that cool and creamy salad is the perfect counterpart to your fish! beautiful and delicious plate. :)

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