6 Delicious, Different Ways You Can Cook Tilapia

It's a delicate white fish that's delicious, no matter how it's cooked.

IMAGE Miguel Nacianceno

Tilapia is a wonderful fish to cook. It has a white and delicate flesh that complements many flavors. It can be prepared a variety of ways depending on what you want to do.


When small, the fish can be cooked whole and even be lightly stuffed. When larger, it can be filleted and then battered and fried, steamed, or grilled.


Here are six ways to cook tilapia deliciously every time:



1 Fried: Five-Spice Tilapia

This simply fried tilapia has a surprise as soon as you smell the aroma that wafts from it as soon as its served: it's spiced. You can tell this is going to be a flavorful mouthful every time because of those five spices fried right into the fish. 


This five-spice tilapia recipe uses only 5 main ingredients.



2 Simmered: Mustasa-Wrapped Tilapia In Gata 

You can't go wrong with a simply flavored dish. The aromatics (garlic, ginger, and onion), the bitter and pungent mustasa leaves, and the coconut milk all come together in a dish that is classic and delicious. The gentle simmering of the fish helps it cook through while the mustasa wrap flavors and prevents it from falling apart as it cooks. 


For dinner tonight, serve tilapia in a new way!



3 Baked: Baked Tilapia Fillets with Tomatoes

Tilapia fillets are a fast and easy option for those who don't like picking the flesh from the bones. Baking the fish meanwhile is an almost hands-off approach to cooking so let the fillet bake and the tomatoes flavor the fish as it cooks. 


Delicate fish fillets are lightly baked in tomatoes for a satisfying yet light meal.



4 Grilled: Grilled Tilapia with Tamarind Sauce 

Grilling on the charcoal is a wonderful way to add smokiness to your dish. Stuff it with a simple tomato, onion, and ginger salsa to add even more flavor as it cooks. The foil will prevent the fish from sticking to the grill. You may serve with a sauce to complement its flavors. 



The easy tamarind sauce is a perfect match to this grilled fish dish.



5 Deep-Fried: Tilapia Strips 

Fillets are great as a finger food, so this fast and easy recipe is also quite delicious in its simplicity. It's seasoned before being tossed in a special powder that gives the fish a delicious crunch. Don't forget the dipping sauce! 


The AA powder coating gives the tilapia a unique kind of crunch.



6 Steamed: Steamed Tilapia With Three Onions

Steaming may be the easiest and fastest way to cook tilapia. It delicately cooks the fish and ensures your fish emerges whole before serving. There's no special prep involved, plus it's super flavorful from the onion sauce that's poured over it.


Delicate food like fish is ideal for steaming since it reflects the tenderness and lightness of the ingredient.


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