Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce
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!"
Blackened Tilapia Baja Tacos
Sweet and Spicy Citrus Tilapia
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.
Broiled Tilapia with Frisée-Apple Salad and Mustard-Parsley Sauce
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Citrus Vinaigrette
Broiled Tilapia Gyros
Roasted Tilapia with Orange-Parsley Salsa
Blackened Cumin-Cayenne Tilapia
Tilapia Tostadas with Roasted Corn Relish
Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Tomatillo Salsa
Sautéed Tilapia with Honey-Scallion Dressing
"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!"
Tilapia with Coconut, Mint, and Chive Relish
"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!"
Spicy Tilapia with Pineapple-Pepper Relish
"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!"
Tilapia Tacos with Peach Relish
"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
Sautéed Tilapia with Lemon-Peppercorn Pan Sauce
"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
Grilled Tilapia with Smoked Paprika and Parmesan
"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
Tilapia with Lemon-Garlic Sauce
Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric and Dill
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 browned.
Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Squash Salad
Saffron Rice with Tilapia and Shrimp
Tilapia Cakes with Mango-Coconut Curry Sauce
Boasting big, bold global flavors, these crunchy cakes are a fun alternative to salmon croquettes or crab cakes.
Spicy Hungarian Tilapia Stew
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.
Spanish and Mexican flavors combine in this quick fish dish. Serve with steamed rice and sautéed spinach.
Spicy Tilapia and Fennel Stew
Oven-Fried Tilapia with Cheesy Polenta
Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Sauce
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.
Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia Sandwiches with Jicama Slaw
Sautéed Tilapia Tacos with Grilled Peppers and Onions
Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa Verde
Shanghai-Inspired Fish Stew
Traditionally, this comfort-food stew is made with flash-fried and then long-simmered fish heads. Tilapia fillets make an excellent, quick-cooking substitute.