Tilapia Recipes

Tilapia is a versatile, inexpensive fish that's always popular with home cooks. Simplify weeknight dinners with these quick and easy tilapia recipes from Food Network chefs.

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Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter, Capers and Orzo

When it comes to grilling fish, Bobby Flay recommends choosing an option with a dense texture, such as tilapia. Since white fish has such a mild flavor, the grilled tilapia makes the perfect canvas for Bobby's rich butter sauce.

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Tilapia Milanese

Breaded tilapia packs a punch of flavor when it's first seared in olive oil and then baked. All you need is a fresh arugula salad with a light citrus dressing to accompany your fish.

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Tilapia with Green Beans

Coat tilapia fillets in a flour-and-herb mixture, then fry them in butter until crispy. Serve the fish alongside lemony green beans and grape tomatoes for a dinner done in 30 minutes.

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Fish Sandwiches with Jalapeno Slaw

Fried tilapia fillets are the perfect size for these fish sandwiches that are made with hoagie rolls and topped with spicy jalapeno slaw.

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Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes and Potatoes

Hearty new potatoes, briny Kalamata olives and sweet cherry tomatoes combine for a Mediterranean-inspired accompaniment to baked tilapia.

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Baked Tilapia with Herb Butter

Make your own herb butter by chopping up fresh herbs and folding them into room-temperature butter. You can make it ahead and freeze it, or immediately add a pat of the butter to baked tilapia for a quick seasoning.

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Fried Fish Sandwich

A cornmeal-crusted tilapia fillet is just the thing to sandwich between halves of a soft potato roll. Complete the meal by topping each sandwich with some crunchy lettuce and Jeff Mauro's homemade tartar sauce.  

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Tilapia Masala with Rice

Inspired by Indian food, this dinner pairs broiled tilapia with basmati rice, peas and a light yogurt sauce spiked with garlic, ginger, lime and spices.

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Fish Tacos with Chipotle Cream

Marinate tilapia in a simple lime marinade to add lots of flavor and help to tenderize the fish. Top the tacos with crunchy vegetables and a creamy, spicy low-fat yogurt sauce in Ellie Krieger's lighter version of this Tex-Mex favorite.

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Baked Tilapia with Coconut-Cilantro Sauce

Dress tilapia in a creamy sauce of coconut milk, ginger and cilantro for a quick meal that's heavy on flavor but light on calories. 

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Tilapia with Escarole and Lemon-Pepper Oil

You can cook everything for this recipe in one pot — starting with the fingerling potatoes and ending with the tilapia. Quick and easy, this dish is both an ideal weeknight meal and an elegant dinner-party entree. 

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Lemon-Garlic Tilapia with Spinach

For 410 calories and 32 grams of protein per serving, you can't beat this powerhouse weeknight meal that's ready in just 35 minutes.

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Mexican Fish Stew

Fresh cilantro, lime juice and ancho chile powder create the zesty Mexican flavor present in this hearty 30-minute fish stew.

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Spicy Pasta with Tilapia

A quick tomato sauce is easy if you start with canned tomatoes and crush them by hand before adding garlic, herbs and red pepper flakes. Pair it with chunks of tilapia fillets and multigrain spaghetti for a meal that's ready in 35 minutes.

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Tilapia and Shrimp Tacos with Cabbage Slaw

Mild tilapia and shrimp get a real kick from a marinade of lime juice and fresh herbs. A crisp, spicy cabbage slaw makes the perfect topper. Since tilapia fillets are thicker on one side than the other, they're hard to cook evenly. Split them through the center seam so the halves can go on the grill separately.

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Tilapia with Hash Browns

Store-bought frozen hash browns are the secret to this easy weeknight meal of tilapia cooked on a bed of crispy potatoes.

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Homemade Frozen Fish Sticks

Thanks to whole-wheat breadcrumbs and a yogurt-based dipping sauce, these homemade fish sticks (made with tilapia) put a healthy spin on the freezer-aisle favorite.

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Seared Tilapia with Asparagus and Spicy Mint Gremolata

Gremolata, a mixture of mint, lemon zest and garlic, adds bright, fresh flavor to this seared tilapia dish.

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Blackened Tilapia with Black-Eyed Pea Salad

Cook tilapia in an olive oil-coated skillet over medium-high heat to get great char on the fish before serving with a coleslaw-inspired salad and cornbread.

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Tilapia Seafood Stew

A light, aromatic tomato broth is the rustic base for this stew of tilapia and steamed mussels. Serve each bowl with a slice of toasted ciabatta bread for dunking.

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Spicy Fish and Olive Spaghetti

This easy weeknight dinner is loaded with fiber and protein, and feeds a family of four with just one 8-ounce piece of fish. And thanks to the whole-grain pasta, this 420-calorie-per-person dish is satisfying as well as economical.

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Chicken-Fried Fish

Dredge tilapia in a flour-and-paprika mixture before frying until golden. Top with a creamy sauce and serve with green beans.

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Bobby's Baked Tilapia

Bobby Deen's easy baked tilapia is made with just five ingredients and will be on your table in less than 30 minutes.

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Tilapia Foil Packets

Using foil packets is a quick, efficient and mess-free way to get fish from the oven or grill to the table — especially flaky tilapia. The foil wrapping protects the delicate white flesh from overcooking.

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