Spicy Cajun Baked Tilapia and Dirty Rice

Yesterday for dinner I made Spicy Cajun Baked Tilapia with Homemade Tartar Sauce and Dirty Rice.  Dinner was SO good!  So, as promised, here’s how to make them!  And I apologize in advance if you are a purist.  I do not use chicken livers in my Dirty Rice.  Liver is just not my thing!

Spicy Cajun Baked Tilapia

Serves 4-6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 30 minutes
By author Krista Robbins
This is a great recipe for Spicy Breaded Cajun Oven Fried Baked Tilapia


  • 4-6 medium tilapia filets
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 3/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1-2 tablespoon Cajun Seasoning
  • 4 tablespoons butter (melted)


Step 1
Preheat oven to 400. Put flour in one bowl, whisk eggs and milk in second bowl, and mix breadcrumbs with cornmeal and spice mix in a 3rd container.

Coat fish lightly in the flour, dip in the egg mix, and then coat well with the bread crumb mixture. Place coated filets on a baking sheet. Melt butter and drizzle over the fish and then bake for 10-14 minutes until fish is flaky.

Serves 4-6 depending on their appetites!

Cajun Seasoning Mix


  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme


I use this for dirty rice, fish, chicken - anything that needs spicing up!


Step 1
Mix all together and store in an airtight container.

Homemade Tartar Sauce

By author Krista Robbins


  • 2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 medium dill pickle spear (finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


Step 1
Mix together well. Chill until ready to serve. You can use it right away but it's better if everything blends together for a bit!

Dirty Rice

Serves 8-10
By author Krista Robbins
dirty rice


  • 1 1/2 pounds sausage (any kind you like!)
  • 1 cup onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup bell pepper (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2-4 tablespoons Cajun Seasoning (to taste)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 medium bay leaf
  • 4 cups brown rice (cooked)


If you want a more traditional dirty rice, reduce the amount of sausage and add equivalent of chicken livers.  Use white rice. Stir in fresh parsley before serving.



Step 1
In a large sauce pan, cook sausage, crumbling, until browned. Drain grease. Add cajun seasoning, onion, bell pepper, and celery and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 more minute. Add stock and scrape pan bottom to loosen any brown bits. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and add bay leaf and rice. Simmer 5 minutes.


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