Grilled Tilapia

I love my cast iron skillet.  I really like the crust that forms on breads baked in it and the way it keeps the moisture in a casserole.  I have a ceramic top stove, so I have to be very careful with how it’s handled and I will forever regret not listening to my mother-in-law when we were stove shopping and she suggested a gas stove.  Biggest regret of my kitchen.  Anyway, my cousin’s husband told me how he used their cast iron skillet to cook fish on their grill and I was stunned with the possibility!  I honestly never even considered that as an option, but am thrilled to have it as something new in my arsenal of summer meals!

Skillet grilled Tilapia:

  • 6 tilapia fillets
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. ground mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • freshly ground black pepper

Turn on your grill and place your cast iron skillet on the heat.  Mix together the seasonings and sprinkle over the tilapia.  When you can sprinkle water on the skillet and it beads up and fizzes, put a small pat of butter in the skillet to keep the fish from sticking and then place the fillets on the hot surface.  Cook the tilapia until flaky, flipping only once to brown each side.  (It took about 5 minutes on our gas grill to cook.)  Serve with broccoli or green beans and a pasta salad.