I have been loving finding and creating recipes that are gluten free. It helps me branch out and reach out to more crowds and specific diets. I also didn’t realize how much of a positive impact eating gluten free can have on your body. I can see a big change on my body when I eat low carb and gluten free as well. I am not just liking the gluten free and low carb recipes, I am also loving cooking with fish and seafood. So I decided to make a gluten free Cajun baked tilapia.

There is something about a recipe starting with Cajun that makes me feel like the fanciest chef in the world while I’m cooking. However, for this recipe, depending on your flavor preferences, you can use the Cajun seasoning or some blackened seasoning. But whichever you decide to use, it will still make for the yummiest tilapia. Another bonus is that tilapia is may favorite fish because it not only provides me with omega 3’s and omega 6’s but also is very low fat-fish. I added flavor to the recipe with the Cajun spices and plenty of fresh lemon juice. But rather than just adding juice and some lemon slices on top of the fish I have started using a lemon-pepper seasoning as well. It gives you the lemony, tangy flavors you want with your fish while also adding a smoky flavor from the pepper.

The other reason I’m happy to eat this delicious baked tilapia is for the lean protein it provides my body especially when I’m training to build a muscular physique. It’s important to eat lean white meats but chicken everyday get super boring. This tilapia recipe is wonderful to eat because of the so many benefits I can provide for your health. Every time when I’m training to build muscles or trying to lean for a summer beach swimming suit vacation I always remember to avoid salts and sodium, eat sugar free and of course eat low fat proteins and lots of veggies. Eating this way can guarantee I won’t be blotted and my waist will shrink, giving me a flat tummy. It gives me extra confidence to be seeing on my swimming suit.

Fish and veggies just go together and with this baked tilapia just about any vegetable will combine perfectly. Plus, you can make an additional amount of the cornmeal mixture and spread to go with both the fish and veggies. It brings all of the food together perfectly and creates a healthy meal.  Its optional and if you are trying to cut carbs just eat the fish and veggies.The fish is great lean protein and with a spread on the veggies you’re getting a very healthy meal. So it becomes your not so typical healthy meal but at the same time flavorful and delicious.

Gluten Free Cajun Baked Tilapia


2 tbsp yellow cornmeal

2 tsp Cajun or blackened seasoning

½ tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried basil

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp lemon-pepper seasoning

2 tilapia fillets

¼ tsp paprika


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow bowl, mix the first six ingredients.

Dip fillets in cornmeal mixture to coat both sides. Place on baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with paprika.

Bake 20-25 minutes or until the tilapia just begins to flake easily with a fork. Serve with a side of vegetables for a healthy meal.


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Gluten Free Cajun Baked Tilapia
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