These tilapia recipes make this popular fish taste irresistible! Bold flavors pair brilliantly with the flaky white fish.
Got 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’s something for every eater and diet! Along with recipes from this website, we’ve got ideas from favorite recipe developers around the web. Let’s get started!
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.
When it comes to easy and healthy weeknight meals, fish is ideal: it cooks quickly and it’s full of protein and omega 3s. So why not try another way to make it taste amazing: this Pan Fried Tilapia recipe! Coat the white fish fillets in seasonings and flour and pan fry them in a bit of olive oil. The tilapia comes out savory and tender with a light crispy coating: in minutes!
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.
There’s nothing better than a crispy breaded piece of fish, and this Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is no exception! This simple way to prepare fish fillets has a big impact. The exterior is crunchy and perfectly seasoned with savory Parmesan and crunchy breadcrumbs, and the interior is tender and flaky.
Want a simple dinner? Try this Blackened Tilapia! This Cajun technique for cooking seafood and meat makes it taste restaurant-style in minutes, ideal for fast and easy meals. Here we used homemade blackened seasoning, which has a savory intrigue and makes a crispy darkened crust on the outside of the fish.
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
Here tilapia is 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
This crunchy breaded tilapia is quick and pan seared, topped with a bright and refreshing avocado salsa. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have four tasty fish filets that the whole family will love! via Kevin is Cooking
Craving fish and chips? Try this Beer Battered Fish using tilapia! The yeast and carbonation in beer makes the fish batter delicate and puffy, like at good fish ‘n chip shops. via Recipe Tin Eats
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.
More ways to serve it
Here are a few sauces for fish that taste great with tilapia:
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!).