11 Ways to Try Tilapia Tonight

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Baked Tilapia with Coconut Cilantro Sauce

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2012 Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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.

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.

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.

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