These tilapia recipes make this popular fish taste irresistible! Bold flavors pair brilliantly with the flaky white fish.
Got a fillet of tilapia and not sure what to do with it? Here’s how to make “fish for dinner” absolutely irresistible! Try it baked and broiled or go for fish sticks or fish tacos. There are options for every eater and diet! Along with recipes from this website, we’ve got recipes from experts Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes, Imma Adamu of Immaculate Bites, Gina Homolka of Skinnytaste, and Jessica Merchant of How Sweet Eats.
Here’s a tilapia recipe with a total wow factor: this Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes & Feta! The tender, flaky fish is covered in a lemon garlic sauce, cozied up with burst cherry tomatoes, Mediterranean seasonings and gooey bits of feta cheese. Each bite is savory with just the right pop of brightness. It’s ready in just over 30 minutes and great for impressing on weeknights or dinner parties.
Instead of grilling or baking the fillets: here’s a unique tilapia recipe: Fish Tacos! This tender white fish is perfect for Baja-style tacos. You’ll bake it or broil it until it’s flaky with a homemade spice blend, then top with creamy sauce and a crunchy slaw. This is one of our favorite ways to enjoy this lean protein, and it’s always a hit for entertaining or with a crowd. Here’s what to know about wrapping tilapia into a tortilla.
Here’s a tilapia recipe that’s impressive with little effort: Grilled Tilapia! The flaky fish is bursting with savory, smoky flavor from the grill. Top it with sweet and tender blistered cherry tomatoes, and it looks simply stunning. It’s the ideal summer meal for entertaining or even a weeknight.
Here's a delicious way to serve tilapia: blackened! Made with Cajun seasoning, fresh fish and a sticky, sweet honey glaze, this recipe makes the perfect Creole-inspired dinner. Blackening fish is a cooking technique commonly used in Cajun cooking: all you need is a cast-iron skillet, melted butter and plenty of seasoning! via Grandbaby Cakes
This Parmesan-crusted tilapia has an irresistible crunchy coating! It's a quick and easy tilapia dish coated with well-seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan. It's a healthier and quick addition to your weeknight menu that's ready in less than 20 minutes! via Immaculate Bites
These tilapia fish sticks have a breading that's a mixture of panko breadcrumbs and crushed potato chips. It comes out super crisp with garlic, lemon zest, an lemon pepper – crispy and irresistible! Dip it into jalapeno tartar sauce to take it over the top. via How Sweet Eats
Broiling tilapia is a quick way to cook it! Broiled fish is the perfect blank slate for this flavorful coconut sauce with fresh ginger, bell pepper, garlic, scallions and cilantro simmered in coconut milk. Serve with rice for a complete meal! via Skinny Taste
Blackened fish is white fish coated in dried herbs, and spices and pan fried until charred and “blackened." Pair it with a zingy tartar sauce made with key lime juice and it's out of this world good. via Skinny Taste
A final tilapia recipe: make a fried fish sandwich! Fried to perfection topped with homemade tartar sauce and fresh, crispy vegetables, this classic fried fish sandwich will be your new favorite. via Immaculate Bites
What to look for when buying tilapia
Is tilapia a sustainable fish? The vast quantity of tilapia available to buy is farm raised, so you’ll want to look for responsibly farmed tilapia. Here’s what Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch recommends:
Look for tilapia farmed in Peru in raceways and Ecuador in ponds. Then look for tilapia from Colombia, Honduras, Mexico, Indonesia, and Taiwan.
Tilapia is a Best Choice when farmed in indoor recirculating tanks with wastewater treatment and a Good Alternative when the wastewater isn’t treated.
Also, look for tilapia certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, Best Aquaculture Practices, and Naturland.
Place the chopped vegetables and lemon slices in the bottom of a 9 x 13″ baking dish and mix with 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Crumble the feta cheese into rough chunks and add it to to the pan, tossing gently to combine.
Pat the tilapia dry. Rub it with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ½ teaspoon kosher salt, split between the filets. Sprinkle both with the Italian seasoning and a few grinds fresh ground black pepper, then add the red pepper flakes and smoked paprika. Sprinkle the capers over the top.
Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes (depending on the thickness of the fish), until the fish is flaky and the internal temperature is 140 degrees Fahrenheit when measured with a food thermometer. Garnish with chopped parsley and remove the lemon slices when serving (or eat them if you like!).