8 Best Tilapia Recipes


Tilapia is a healthy white fish choice for family dinners due to its versatility and inexpensiveness. Most tilapia recipes are made to enhance the slightly sweet flavor of the mean with simple seasonings. The good thing is that you can rely on Tilapia for busy weeknight meals since it cooks quickly and you can clean it in no time!

You will enjoy tilapia whether you want to get grilling, sautéing, or baking this delicious fish. Keep reading to find out how to cook tilapia for your family the easy way. 

Best Tilapia Recipes 

1. Broiled Tilapia with Herbs and Yoghurt 


  • 4 skinless tilapia 
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs (dill or tarragon)
  • 2 ½ tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cooking sherry
  • 1/8 tablespoon of kosher salt
  • Olive oil

Step by step instructions

  1. Use a fillet knife to prepare the fish. With some salt, season the fish and leave it to stand for about 20 minutes. Use a pat towel to dry the meat afterward.
  2. Put a bit of olive oil on the baking sheet if you’re not using the aluminum foil (which you would spray with cooking spray). Put the slices of fish on the sheet. To make the fillet an even thickness, fold the last 2 inches of it under itself. 
  3. Preheat your oven to high. Mix the herbs, sherry, mayonnaise, and yogurt until they combine well. 
  4. Make sure that all of the fillets are spread evenly under the heating unit. You can do this by placing the sheet on the highest rack in your oven. Rotate the sheet if necessary until the meat has a brown color. After about 5 minutes remove the meat from the oven and put the sauce over the fillets. Give the meat another 2 minutes in the oven. You will know the fish is ready when it easily flakes. 

2. Tilapia and Squash Tacos


    • ¼ cup of olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of adobo sauce chipotle chiles
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cumin
  • 2 serrano chiles
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 ½ pound of skinless tilapia fillets
  • 1 zucchini
  • ¾ cup of prepared pico de gallo
  • 8 corn tortillas 
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup of light sour cream
  • ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt 

Step by step instructions

  1. Put sugar, vinegar, chipotles, oil, and 1 teaspoon of cumin in a blender. When the mixture is smooth add it to the fishbowl. Leave it for 15 minutes. 
  2. Coat the grill pan with cooking spray and heat it to high. Put the remaining teaspoon of cumin and ½ teaspoon of salt on serranos and squashes. Grill vegetables, 5 minutes per side for serranos and 2 for squashes. Chop them afterward. 
  3. The fish should be cooked until it gets flaky, about 3 minutes per side. Season it with the remaining salt and cut it into chunks. 
  4. Stir the lime juice and sour cream together. Divide vegetables and fish among tortillas. Top evenly with sour cream and pico de gallo. Serve and enjoy one of the most delicious tilapia recipes!

3. Spicy Tilapia with Coconut Rice


  • 1 tablespoon of ground turmeric 
  • 1 teaspoon of granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 cup of light coconut milk
  • 1 ½ pound of tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • ½ cup of chopped cilantro
  • 8.8oz whole-grain rice
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup of toasted unsweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 cup of stick-cut carrots

Step by step instructions

  1. If you’re wondering how to cook tilapia, mix ½ teaspoon salt, pepper, and turmeric and sprinkle the spice mixture over the fish. 
  2. Put 1 tablespoon of oil in a fishing pan and heat it over medium. Add the first half of the fillets and cook until it flakes easily and has a golden color (about 3 minutes per side). Remove from the pan but don’t turn off the heat. Repeat the same process with the remaining oil and fillets. 
  3. Use a paper towel to wipe the pan clean. Mix the remaining salt with sugar, coconut milk, and rice and put the mixture into the pan. Wait for the water to simmer. Stir the pan often until the mixture is thick. Add the lime juice and a ¼ cup of cilantro. Put the mixture into 4 separate plates. Top evenly with fish and carrots. Sprinkle with the remaining ¼ cup of cilantro and coconut. 

4. Blackened Tilapia Po’boys


  • 3/4 teaspoon of paprika
  • ¼ cup of canola mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 2oz hoagie rolls
  • ¼ kosher salt
  • 4 skinless tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons of canola oil
  • 8 tomato slices
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of chopped capers
  • ¼ cup of thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • 2 cups of romaine lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons of hot sauce

Step by step instructions

  1. This is one of the spicy tilapia recipes, so be careful if you don’t like your food hot! Stir cayenne, black pepper, paprika, and salt together in a small bowl. Sprinkle the mixture over after gutting the fish
  2. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a bigger pan. Put half of the fish into skillet and cook until it flakes easily (about 3 minutes per side). Remove the fish and repeat the process with the remaining fish. 
  3. Preheat your oven to high.
  4. Cut sides up so you can arrange the rolls in a single layer on a baking sheet. Wait for about 45 seconds for them to turn gold.
  5. Stir hot sauce, ketchup, mustard, capers, and mayonnaise together. Spread this mixture over cut sides of rolls. Tomato, onion, and lettuce go on the bottom halves of rolls. Just add the fish and you are done! You can also use a mild hot sauce, depending on the way you choose how to cook tilapia. 

5. Spicy Tilapia Stew


  • 1 pound tilapia fillets 
  • 1 large fennel bulb
  • 1 bottle of clam juice
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cups of bottled arrabbiata sauce

Step by step instructions

  1. Another one of the spicy tilapia recipes! Fennel has tough outer leaves, so trim them. Measure 2 tablespoons of minced feathery fronds.
  2. Get rid of the stalks. Slice the fennel bulb in half and throw the core. Slice the fennel bulb thinly. Preheat the oven to high heat. Grease the pan and add the sliced fennel. Stir frequently and cook for about a minute. 
  3. Reduce to medium and keep cooking for another 4 minutes. While mixing, add garlic to the pan, and keep cooking for another minute. Then, add clam juice, water, and arrabbiata sauce to the pan and keep simmering for 5 minutes. Lastly, add tilapia and simmer it for about 4 minutes. Use reserved fennel fronds to sprinkle over when done. This recipe is great if you’re wondering how to cook tilapia for gourmets! 

6. Baked Tilapia with Roasted Vegetables


  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ounces of whole-wheat sourdough bread
  • ½ teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2.25 ounces of all-purpose flour
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 medium carrots
  • ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 12-oz. of fresh broccoli florets 

Step by step instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Put the butter in a pan and let it melt over medium-high. Once the pan is warm add the garlic and cook it for about 30 seconds. Afterward, add breadcrumbs and keep it cooking for about 5 minutes. 
  3. Place egg, flour, and breadcrumb mixture into three separate plates. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top of the fish. Then, put the fish in flour, then in eggs, and the breadcrumb mixture in the end. 
  4. Put some oil on a pan and add broccoli and carrots. Season with the remaining salt and pepper. Once they soften add fish and bake for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees F. Cut a few pieces of lemon and serve them with fish. 

7. Tilapia Tacos with Lime-Basil Mayonnaise 


  • 4 lime wedges
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped basil
  • 2 tilapia fillets cut into thick pieces
  • ¾ teaspoon of ground paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ cup of sliced radishes
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 1 tablespoon of canola oil
  • 1 cup of shaved carrot ribbons
  • 2 tablespoons of canola mayonnaise
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt 
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice 

Step by step instructions

  1. Mix the ground red pepper, cumin, ½ teaspoon of salt, and paprika in a bowl. Prepare the fish and sprinkle the mixture evenly over it. Take a pan and heat some oil in it over medium-high. Once the pan is warm add the fish and cook each side for about 2 minutes. 
  2. Take another bowl and mix juice, basil, yogurt, water, mayonnaise, and the remaining salt in it. Put the fish in tortillas and top it evenly with the mayonnaise mixture, avocados, radishes, and carrot ribbons. Lime wedges are added as a serving. 

8. Spicy and Sweet Citrus Tilapia


  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika
  • ½ cup of orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of ground red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon of salt 

Step by step instructions

  1. Take a shallow roasting pan and coat it with a cooking spray. Arrange the fish in a single layer in it. Mix the orange juice with all the ingredients except paprika and coat the fish in it. Let it marinate for 15 minutes. 

2. Sprinkle the fish with paprika while waiting for your broiler to preheat. Broil for about 15 minutes and use the remaining sauce on fish when it is done. 



Q: What sides go with tilapia?


Tilapia is fish that can be served with many different side dishes such as steamed or grilled vegetables, pasta, potatoes, salad, and quinoa. There’s a variety of tilapia recipes in fish cookbooks that include side dishes, it is just up to you to decide which one you like the most

Q: Is tilapia fish good for you?


Yes, tilapia fish is good for your health. It is a great source of protein and is low in fat. Farms that produce tilapia are usually in good condition making sure the fish you buy is good for you. The best you can do is to catch tilapia on your own!

Q: Do you have to thaw tilapia before baking?


No, you don’t have to thaw tilapia before baking. Tilapia is a fish that will cook just fine even if you start cooking it right after getting it out of the freezer. Still, you can thaw it before using it according to experts. You can do it gradually in the refrigerator.

Q: How do you know if tilapia is bad?


The best way to know if tilapia is bad to look and smell the fish. Some signs that will tell you tilapia is not for eating are slimy texture, dull color, and sour smell. If this is the case, discard the fish immediately to avoid getting an upset stomach and food poisoning.

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If you’re wondering how to cook tilapia, we hope that one of these recipes will make it easier for you to make the bellies of your loved ones full! Tilapia is a delicious white fish that you can prepare really fast, so it is ideal even for the busy ones. You can use the fish right out of the fridge since it doesn’t have to be thawed. Still, thaw it if you have time before you start preparing any of these delicious recipes! 

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