Easy Tilapia Recipes

Tilapia is a versatile and inexpensive fish, making it a great choice when you need a simple (yet satisfying) meal. Whether you’re craving crunchy, fried fillets or savory, spice-infused fish tacos, these easy tilapia recipes are sure to please.

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Grilled Tilapia with Lemon Butter, Capers and Orzo

When it comes to grilling fish, tilapia is a great choice. And, since this white fish has such a mild flavor, it's the perfect choice for bold flavors — like Bobby's rich butter sauce.

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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's homemade tartar sauce.

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Chipotle-Honey Glazed Tilapia

The tilapia in this recipe is marinated in a sweet and spicy sauce — which means you get the best of both flavors!

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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 both satisfying and economical.

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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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Tilapia Salpicon

What do you get when you pan-sear talapia and infuse it with bold flavors? The perfect filling for tacos!

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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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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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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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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 Tartar Cakes

The secret to these amazing fish cakes? Sauce in the binding, so every bite is delicious!

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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. Then, servw with a coleslaw-inspired salad and cornbread.

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Fish Sandwiches with Jalapeno Slaw

Fried tilapia fillets are the perfect size for these fish sandwiches. Let everyone load their hoagies up with toppings for a fun, family-friendly dinner.

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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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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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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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Broiled Tilapia and Eggplant with Moroccan Pesto

Pair your cooked tilapia with a side of roasted eggplant for a flavorful, Moroccan-inspired meal. Finish with pesto for a pretty presentation (and extra flavor).

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Tilapia Ceviche

Ceviche is one of our favorite warm-weather meals. It's hearty and satisfying, but still light and refreshing.

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Tilapia Masala with Rice

Inspired by the fragrant flavors of Indian cuisine, 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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Baked Tilapia

This easy baked tilapia is made with just five ingredients and will be on your table in less than 30 minutes. Win-win!

Get the Recipe: Bobby's Baked Tilapia

Baked Fish with Apple-Beet Salad

This oven-baked fish has a nice, crispy crust on top (and a ton of flavor) thanks to a dip in seasoned panko bread crumbs.

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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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Mexican Fish Stew

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

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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. As easy as it is delicious!

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Chicken-Fried Fish

Dredge tilapia in a flour-and-paprika mixture before frying until golden for extra flavor and a delicate crisp. A little creamy sauce on top and some green beans alongside complete the dish.

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Tilapia Seafood Stew

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

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Baked Tilapia with Herb Butter

Make your own compound 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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Lemon-Garlic Tilapia with Spinach

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

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Easiest Fish Tacos, Red Rice and Black Beans

Rachael takes simple ingredients from the panty to transform a fish taco dish into a medley of flavors.

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