Sensational recipes for this versatile, budget-friendly fish.
Tilapia has a lot going for it. It's cheap, and it's everywhere—both compelling reasons to give it a try. Flavor-wise, tilapia
is admittedly the mildest of the mild flaky white fish, but that can be turned into a virtue: It's a great starter fish for
kids or anyone wary of seafood that is too "fishy". This makes tilapia a versatile base for a multitude of flavor approaches,
as you'll see in our Top-Rated Tilapia Recipes.
In this recipe, ginger, curry paste, and coconut milk combine in a spicy sauce for a dish that has converted more than a few people to love this fish.
"I'm not a big fish eater, so I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to serve it. This one is a winner!" wrote reviewer Kelly. "Once you get the chopping done, it is a snap to prepare. Will definitely make again!"
View Recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce
Blackening tilapia gives it a bold flavor, which is further enhanced with cilantro, lime, and avocado in a corn tortilla.
View Recipe: Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
This versatile marinade works well with several types of dishes, especially flaky, white fish like tilapia. Round out the
meal with a cool side of green beans tossed with cilantro and lime.
View Recipe: Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia
Because it's sustainably farm-raised and widely available, tilapia is a great option. And since it doesn't have an assertive
flavor, it pairs well with a variety of ingredients, such as the apple, mustard, and parsely featured in this recipe.
View Recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Frisée-Apple Salad and Mustard-Parsley Sauce
Sherry vinegar is mildly acidic, which gives the tilapia a tangy flavor. If you can't find it, substitute white wine vinegar.
View Recipe: Pan-Seared Tilapia with Citrus Vinaigrette
Tilapia is a excellent choice for a lighter gyro filling in comparision to heavier cuts of red meat. Vegetables and tzatziki
sauce round out this take on the Greek classic.
View Recipe: Broiled Tilapia Gyros
Tilapia is the perfect flaky white fish for this piccata recipe, which is even better when served with orzo.
View Recipe: Tilapia Piccata
All parts of the orange—juice, rind, and pulp—flavor the quickly cooked tilapia. This recipe calls for white rice as a side
dishe, but brown, basmati, and jasmine rice are nice options as well.
View Recipe: Roasted Tilapia with Orange-Parsley Salsa
Tilapia fillets are a reliable, speedy weeknight dinner option. After rubbing the fish with cumin, salt, garlic powder, and
peppers, broil to make the process even quicker.
View Recipe: Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia
These crisp tilapia tostadas have all the appeal of traditional fish tacos, but the flat shape allows you to pile toppings
high. Although we broil corn tortillas for the base, substitute flour tortillas, or use prepared shells, if you prefer.
View Recipe: Tilapia Tostadas with Roasted Corn Relish
Tomatillo salsa adds a nice twist to this tilapia's cornmeal crust, while roasted potatoes and steamed green beans round out
View Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Tomatillo Salsa
The bright, citrusy flavor of this simple dressing requires only six ingredients. Served with fast-cooking rice noodles and
salad greens, this meal is a cinch to prepare in about 20 minutes.
"This recipe was amazingly simple and delicious!" said LISA B from Pennsylvania. "I used 2 of the individually frozen tilapia filets and cut the sauce in half. YUMMY! Unfortunately I didn't think ahead and make rice or the noodles. They are a must to soak up the delicious sauce!"
View Recipe: Sauteed Tilapia with Honey-Scallion Dressing
Jalapeños and flaked coconut add heat and sweetness, while a bit of mint lends a cool, smooth finish to the relish that sets
this dish apart. It works equally well with red snapper, though you can try other mild white fish choices, like this reader
"I made this with orange roughy―it was amazing!!!" said Larissa. "The fish in and of itself is terrific without the relish. The relish, however, is equally delicious! This is a summer keeper!"
View Recipe: Tilapia with Coconut, Mint, and Chive Relish
Cajun seasoning and ground red pepper add some sizzle to this quick and easy recipe. Juicy pineapple chunks and cilantro create
contrast with a sweet and simple freshness.
"This is a great quick recipe. The relish was excellent and held up well in the fridge after a few days," said one anonymous reviewer. "It was a nice balance of sweet and spice. It will become part of our rotation!"
View Recipe: Spicy Tilapia with Pineapple-Pepper Relish
Oven-fried fillets with a crisp panko crust are the calling card of these fish tacos, and a spicy-sweet peach salsa seals
the deal. Substitute shrimp or other types of fish in this easy, breezy favorite.
"These were so good, I think my husband ate one of his in two bites. We love them! The panko crumbs make the fish really crunchy, which is essential in a fish taco, in our opinion." – kbse67
View Recipe: Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish
Brine-packed green peppercorns and a lemony, buttery pan sauce create bright flavors in a flash. Serve with rice and a side
salad for a light yet satisfying supper.
"This was a lovely weeknight meal. It could be served to company as well. It was very light, but had a lot of flavor. I served this with rice and a green salad. We will be adding this to our weekly meal roster. Very good." ―Wendyb
View Recipe: Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Pan Sauce
Smoky flavors and creamy polenta make this a deeply satisfying dinner that's quick enough for a weeknight meal, but sophisticated
enough for company.
"This tilapia recipe is one of our family's all-time favorite Cooking Light recipes―so easy, fast and tasty. We like it best with Jasmine rice or black beans and a corn and red pepper salsa. There are never leftovers!" ― cilantrofrsh
View Recipe: Grilled Tilapia with Smoked Paprika and Parmesan Polenta
Incredibly simple, remarkably delicious—this is an entrée that's elegant enough for entertaining and fast enough to brighten
weeknight dinner doldrums. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.
View Recipe: Tilapia with Lemon-Garlic Sauce
A killer savory marinade of shallots, fish sauce, toasted sesame oil, garlic, and turmeric permeates the fish and gives it
a beautiful golden color. When you sear the fish in a hot-hot pan (go for stainless steel or cast iron here), it gets fantastically
View Recipe: Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric and Dill
You just can't beat a crisp breaded fish fillet. This one, with its cornmeal crust, is reminiscent of Southern-fried catfish
(but with a sweeter fish at the center).
View Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Squash Salad
This paella-inspired dish starts by infusing purchased chicken stock with shrimpy goodness; it's an easy step that makes full
use of shrimp shells that would otherwise be discarded.
View Recipe: Saffron Rice with Tilapia and Shrimp
Boasting big, bold global flavors, these crunchy cakes are a fun alternative to salmon croquettes or crab cakes.
View Recipe: Tilapia Cakes with Mango-Coconut Curry Sauce
Talk about packing some heat: This stew is fiery-fantastic, and we absolutely love it. You can alter the spiciness by using
a milder pepper (such as banana pepper or Anaheim chile) or adjusting the amounts and types of paprika.
View Recipe: Spicy Hungarian Tilapia Stew
Spanish and Mexican flavors combine in this quick fish dish. Serve with steamed rice and sautéed spinach.
View Recipe: Tilapia Veracruz
Arrabbiata, a spicy sauce of garlic, tomato, and chile pepper, forms the base for this stew. You can substitute cod or shrimp
for the tilapia. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the sauce.
View Recipe: Spicy Tilapia and Fennel Stew
This makes for an easy dinner combination and a delicious way to incorporate fish into your weekly menu rotation.
View Recipe: Oven-Fried Tilapia with Cheesy Polenta
Tomatillos, jalapeños, red cabbage, and cilantro combine with flaky, flavorful tilapia in a rainbow of colors for an electric
entrée that's less than 300 calories per serving.
View Recipe: Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce
Jicama is a popular Latin American vegetable that tastes similar to an apple or a pear. The jicama and Fuji apple give this
cornmeal-crusted tilapia sandwich an extra dimension of delightful crunchiness.
View Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia Sandwich with Jicama Slaw
These low-fat tilapia tacos feature corn tortillas filled with tender pieces of sautéed fish, grilled onion, grilled bell
pepper, and sliced jalapeño pepper. Slice the onion just before placing it on the grill. If given time to set, the onion rings
will begin to separate and will not have good grill marks.
View Recipe: Sautéed Tilapia Tacos with Grilled Peppers and Onion
These broiled tilapia tacos only take 35 minutes to prepare and, at 488 calories per serving, are well worth the wait!
View Recipe: Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa Verde
Traditionally, this comfort-food stew is made with flash-fried and then long-simmered fish heads. Tilapia fillets make an
excellent, quick-cooking substitute.
View Recipe: Shanghai-Inspired Fish Stew
Lime butter gives this lightly-crusted delight a refreshing citrusy finish. The toasted French bread rolls can be substituted
with ciabatta if desired.
View Recipe: Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia Sandwiches with Lime Butter
Juicy tomatoes, briny olives, and fresh parsley add a savory bite to this roasted mild white fish. For speedy cleanup, line
your jelly-roll pan with aluminum foil. Be sure to coat it with cooking spray before adding the tilapia and other ingredients.
View Recipe: Roasted Tilapia with Tomatoes and Olives
While the ingredient list is long, most of the work is simply measuring out seasonings and prepared ingredients. The dish
comes together in less than 30 minutes. Substitute any firm white fish, such as red snapper or flounder, for tilapia.
View Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia Salad
Any mild white fish such as cod, flounder, or orange roughy would also be delicious in place of tilapia. Serve these brightly
flavored fillets with sautéed spinach or a green salad.
View Recipe: Skillet Fillets with Cilantro Butter
The mild tilapia is a perfect foil for the bright, zesty salsa. Serve a green salad and roasted asparagus on the side to make
this dinner a celebration of healthy ingredients.
View Recipe: Broiled Tilapia with Tomato-Caper Salsa
"Orange roughy or chicken can be used instead of tilapia, and tomatoes or spinach can be substituted for mushrooms." -Alix
McLearen, Wesley Chapel, FL
View Recipe: Tilapia in Mustard Cream Sauce
A weeknight favorite, this quick and easy pecan-crusted tilapia serves up moist fish with a crunchy crust.
View Recipe: Pecan-Crusted Tilapia
Mâche, also known as lamb's lettuce or corn salad, is a tender green with a tangy, nutty flavor. Look for it in the produce
section at your supermarket. Use a minichopper—or take your time using a large chef's knife—to finely chop the olives, roasted
peppers, and oregano for the Greek Tapenade before you spread the mixture over the toasted bread.
View Recipe: Tilapia Sandwich with Greek Tapenade
Reminiscent of a restaurant-style fish amandine, this recipe easily doubles to serve a small dinner party. Almonds add such
a rich, nutty flavor to the tilapia that even the pickiest eater will think it is delicious. Serve with green beans and Mashed
Red Potatoes with Chives.
View Recipe: Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Squeeze a lemon wedge over the fish before drizzling with olive oil to tie together the components of this dish. Any thin
white fillets, such as sole or flounder, can be substituted for tilapia.
View Recipe: Tilapia with Warm Olive Salsa
Louisiana hot sauce is not as spicy as other hot sauces. Use a hotter sauce if you prefer more heat.
View Recipe: Spicy Louisiana Tilapia Fillets with Sautéed Vegetable Relish