No-Shell Taco Tilapia

No shells are needed for this taco-flavored pan-seared tilapia; perfect by itself, with other side dishes, or in a taco!
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: best seasoning for tilapia tacos, fish taco seasoning tilapia, fish taco tilapia seasoning, tilapia taco seasoning
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 gallon-sized resealable freezer bag
  • 1 Medium nonstick skillet


  • 4 fillets Tilapia (patted dry)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Old El Paso taco seasoning mix
  • 1 ½ Tbsp canola oil (divided; 1 Tbsp + ½ Tbsp)
  • ½ Tbsp unsalted butter


  • In a small bowl or sealable freezer bag, place the dry patted fish, taco seasoning mix, and 1 Tbsp of oil. Seal the bag and massage the fish until all ingredients are evenly mixed OR using gloved or bare hands (washing thoroughly afterwards), massage the fish in the bowl until all ingredients are evenly distributed.
  • In the medium skillet, on medium heat, begin heating ½ Tbsp of the oil and ½ Tbsp of butter until hot (slightly bubbling/sizzling).
  • Carefully place fish in skillet and cook for 5 - 8 minutes, turning once. You want a golden-crusted finish on the fish that also easily flakes when testing with a fork. Serve and enjoy!


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