7 Terrific Tilapia Recipes to Try

Go beyond just frying tilapia. This fish deserves more attention!

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Hands down, we know, that a freshly fried tilapia is one of the best ways to have it. Served with a dip of soy sauce and calamansi, it’s your hot steaming rice’s best friend. But as much as we love that easy, no-fuss recipe, there’s so much more to tilapia that you’re missing out on. It’s tender, mildly flavored white meat makes it a great canvas for a plethora of delicious flavors. Here are 7 recipes you should use for your next batch of tilapia:

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1 Pan-Fried Tilapia with Kare-Kare Sauce Recipe


The nutty creamy kare-kare sauce elevates your pan-fried crispy fish into a fancy looking and decadent meal fit for date night!  

Here's a lighter version of your favorite kare-kare-it's made with tilapia.

This kare-kare sauce is delicious with lechon kawali!

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2 Soy-Marinated Tilapia Sandwich Recipe

Tilapia is also a good protein to pack into your sandwiches. In this recipe, the soy sauce glaze amplifies the mild taste of tilapia with a healthy dose of umami.


Sandwich soy-marinated tilapia or fish in fluffy bao buns!

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3 Tilapia Fish Cake Recipe

The tender and abundant white meat of tilapia easily separates from its skeleton and is perfect to make into fish cakes. Here, the fish fillet is flaked and mixed with cream cheese and spices and then given a crispy Panko coating. Instant appetizer! 


Use tilapia to make these delicious savory fish cakes.

4 Tilapia Fingers with Green Mango Sauce Recipe

This localized version of “fish and chips” is made vibrant with the tart green mango sauce. Munch on it as a snack, baon or even as a viand with lots of steamed white rice.

The fruity and tangy green mango dip perfectly complements the crispy fried tilapia.

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5 Sweet And Sour Tilapia Fillets Recipe


This Chinese restaurant favorite can be made at home. The sweet, sour and fruity flavors really liven up the humble flavors of the tilapia.

Sweet and sour is a classic sauce. Serve on top of easy-to-eat tilapia fillets.

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6 Tochong Tilapia Recipe

This Filipino recipe uses an extremely affordable way to add heft to a tilapia dish: tofu! You wouldn’t want to miss this easy recipe which we think you probably haven’t even tried yet. 


This easy Filipino tochong tilapia recipe is best served with lots of rice.

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7 Grilled Stuffed Tilapia Recipe

If you've got guests coming or you’re planning to have grill session one of these weekends, then this is the perfect tilapia recipe for you. Elevated by the smokiness of grilling and the spiced up brightness of the stuffing, this seemingly ordinary tilapia recipe is quite tasty.


Nothing says summer like grilled fish!

Try one of these recipes or maybe even get inspired to make your own! Tilapia is a versatile fish that can shine in a variety of ways when you learn how to cook it. We're sure that whichever you make, you'll be making them more than once!


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