11 Ways to Try Tilapia Tonight

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Tilapia is the ultimate crowd-pleasing fish. Its mild flavor and flaky texture make it a great starter fish for kids or anyone who doesn’t like seafood that tastes too “fishy.” Plus, it’s packed with protein and low in calories and fat. As these recipes prove, its versatility makes it a great base for everything from pasta to tacos. Try one of these tasty recipes tonight!

Bobby’s Baked Tilapia (pictured above)

If you’re short on time, try this super-simple tilapia recipe from Bobby Deen. The fish is seasoned with salt, pepper and lime, and topped with a small amount of butter before being baked in the oven. Serve it on a salad or alongside rice and your favorite vegetable.

Tilapia Masala with Rice

Spice up mild tilapia with this Indian-inspired dish. The fish gets a delicious boost of flavor from a yogurt sauce that’s laced with garlic, ginger, lime, cumin and cayenne spices. Serving it with rice makes it a complete meal everyone will love.

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Baked Tilapia with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce

The secret weapon behind this delicious dish is the sauce. Coconut milk, cilantro, ginger, garam masala, garlic and jalapeno come together to form a creamy yet zesty sauce whose flavors get baked right in with the fish.

Spicy Pasta with Tilapia

Calling all pasta lovers! You’ll want to make this dish again and again. Chunks of tilapia are simmered in a spicy tomato sauce before being tossed with whole-grain pasta and topped with fresh basil.

Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

This light yet flavorful dish is sure to become a favorite. The tilapia is topped with a refreshing gremolata composed of mint, garlic, lemon zest and a pinch of red pepper flakes and served alongside steamed asparagus.

Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

This one-skillet meal is a cinch to make. Fingerling potatoes are cooked with garlic and escarole and then topped with the fish and a sprinkle of oregano. Drizzling it all with a lemon-pepper dressing makes for a zesty and slightly spicy finish.

BBQ Mango Tilapia

A homemade barbecue sauce is the star of this dish. Bright mango comes together with tomatoes, brown sugar, vinegar and garlic to form a sweet-yet-savory marinade for tilapia.

Blackened Tilapia with Black-Eyed Pea Salad

If you like your fish spicy, you’ll love this dish. Paprika and cumin join forces to create a spicy rub for the tilapia. The heat is tempered by a refreshing black-eyed pea salad that’s tossed with salsa verde, sour cream and lettuce.

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Homemade Frozen Fish Sticks

Even picky eaters will love this healthy take on fish sticks. Fresh tilapia is coated with whole-wheat breadcrumbs, shredded coconut, yellow cornmeal and curry powder before being baked to crispy perfection. A carrot-yogurt dipping sauce makes a tasty stand-in for ketchup.

Tilapia with Hash Browns

Hash browns are great in more than just breakfast dishes. They make a delicious base in this tilapia recipe. The hash browns are formed into a giant potato pancake before being topped with the fish and a flavorful mixture of olives, tomatoes and roasted red peppers.

Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Tilapia’s mild flavor and flaky texture make it ideal for fish tacos. Here, the fish is grilled and topped with a creamy, yogurt-based chipotle sauce, plus cabbage, corn and cilantro.

Abigail Libers is a freelance writer and editor living in Brooklyn. She is also the creator and editor of notesonfatherhood.tumblr.com.