Tilapia… that fish so common in grocery stores nowadays. It rose to rapid fame in the early 2000’s and is now the fourth most consumed fish in the world.
It’s super versatile, a great source of protein and omega-3, and it’s very budget friendly. In a world of $30 a pound fish, tilapia is a huge bargain.
That’s why we decided to compile this list of easy Tilapia Recipes for you. Many of them come together in no time at all, so they’re great busy weeknight meals.
Here you’ll find everything from fried fish to tacos, soups and curries, Asian and Mediterranean inspired recipes, and so much more.
Cook your way through this great collection of tilapia recipes and find some new favorites for your weeknight rotation…
1. Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
We’re starting our list with a super easy weeknight dinner idea. This Parmesan Crusted Tilapia whips up in under 20 minutes and just uses a few simple ingredients. And it’s super healthy!
2. Skillet Tilapia with Creamy Lemon Sauce
Skillet Tilapia with Creamy Lemon Sauce is another easy dinner. The sauce is simple, yet delicious. This one pairs great with rice, or with a side of veggies for a low carb option.
3. Mediterranean Baked Tilapia
This easy baked tilapia recipe is full of great Mediterranean flavors from tomatoes, olives and feta cheese. It’s a restaurant quality dish that only takes a few minutes of hands on time. YUM.
4. Blackened Tilapia
Another great busy weeknight meal, this Blackened Tilapia whips up in a flash. Just make a simple homemade blackening seasoning, rub it on the fish and the give it a quick sear. It couldn’t get easier than that!
5. Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia
This Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia is a great tasting meal that really saves on the dishwashing. The garlic butter sauce is divine and adds such great flavors to the fish and veggies.
6. Chili Lemon Tilapia
Give your fish some punch with this Chili Lemon Tilapia recipe. It’s generously seasoned with garlic and spices and then baked to perfection!
7. Broiled Tilapia with Coconut Curry
Broiled Tilapia with Thai Coconut Curry Sauce is a super tasty dish with warm, exotic flavors. Have this alongside a big pile of rice and you are all set!
8. Skillet Tilapia with Shrimp
If you love to mix and match your seafood like we do, try this Skillet Tilapia with Shrimp. It has a great white wine lemon sauce and comes together in about 30 minutes.
9. Fish Tacos
It’s taco time! These Fish Tacos feature perfectly seasoned baked tilapia, Mexican fixings, and an amazingly tasty homemade taco sauce. So good!
10. Honey Soy Glazed Pan Fried Tilapia
This Honey Soy Glazed Pan Fried Tilapia is another great under 30 minutes recipe. The honey soy glaze gives great sweet and savory Asian flavors to the mild fish.
11. Beer Batter Fried Fish
This Beer Battered Fried Fish recipe has a light, crispy coating that’s simply irresistible. Perfect for fish and chips or a fried fish sandwich!
12. Parmesan Pesto Tilapia
This great recipe features parmesan crusted broiled tilapia covered in a great basil pesto sauce. It comes together in about 15 minutes, perfect for hectic weeknights.
13. Spicy Fish Taco Bowls
If you’re craving great Tex-Mex flavors, try these easy Spicy Fish Taco Bowls. They feature rice, beans, tilapia, avocado, corn and your choice of toppings.
One of our very favorite seafood recipes is Moqueca. It’s a stew that features fish, and sometimes other seafood, in a coconut and tomato base. So, so good…
15. Tilapia Burgers
These fun Tilapia Burgers are a great option for when you’re craving a burger but also want something on the lighter side. They only take about 20 minutes from start to finish and are sure to please a crowd.
16. Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia
Give your fish a tropical flair with this Chili Macadamia Crusted Tilapia. It’s pan seared and has great flavor and great crunch. And it whips up in under 30 minutes!
17. Tilapia with Tomato Herb Sauce
This easy tilapia recipe features tender pan cooked tilapia topped with a restaurant quality tomato herb sauce. It’s a light and summery dish you’ll want to make again and again.
18. Baked Asian Tilapia Stir Fry
19. Fish Tikka Masala
You had to know I would find a curry for this list! 🙂 This Fish Tikka Masala has a beautifully seasoned creamy sauce. Perfect atop a big pile of rice. YUMMM.
20. Pan Fried Cajun Tilapia
If you’re looking for something with a bit of kick, try this Pan Fried Cajun Tilapia. It has both hot sauce and Cajun seasoning for some great flavor and has a crunchy corn meal crust.
21. Asian Fish and Shrimp Soup
This Asian Fish and Shrimp soup is a delightful fusion of Thai and Japanese flavors. It’s loaded with aromatics and has mushrooms and noodles for a light, yet satisfying meal.
22. Sheet Pan Chili Lime Tilapia
Sheet pan meals are so easy, and the 15 minute Chili Lime Tilapia is no exception. It has a generous dose of seasoning, which is balanced by sweet mango salsa.
23. Air Fryer Tilapia
Craving fried fish without all the grease? Put your air fryer to work! This recipe is flavorful and crispy, and has less than 400 calories per serving!
24. Garam Masala Tilapia with Sweet Curry Butter
Garam Masala Tilapia with Sweet Curry Butter is a super tasty grilled tilapia dish. It has a great blend of dry rubbed Indian spices that are nicely balanced by a brown sugar sweetened butter. So good…
25. Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa
For a light and refreshing dinner, try this Grilled Tilapia with Mango Salsa. It’s lightly seasoned, allowing the fresh sweet mango to really stand out. Great summer dinner.
26. Santa Fe Tilapia Burritos
Make it a Mexican night with these Tilapia Burritos! They’re loaded with tilapia, beans, Mexican rice, cheese and Santa Fe sauce. It’s a fun meal the whole family will love.
27. Tilapia Piccata
Pan seared tilapia in a buttery, lemony, white wine infused sauce loaded with capers. If that sounds good, this Tilapia Piccata recipe is for you. It goes great with pasta or rice.
28. Fish Cakes
These crispy fried Tilapia Cakes are a fun way to get your fish in. They’re topped with a delicious mayo based sauce. I bet you can’t eat just one!
29. Herbed Tilapia and Vegetable Foil Packs
These Herbed Tilapia and Vegetable Foil Packs are a great way to save on dishwashing time! Fish, potatoes and veggies are loaded into foil packs and cooked on the grill, and you can eat them right out of the packet!
30. Fish Tostadas
We’re wrapping up this list with these great fish tostadas. They have grilled tilapia, cilantro-lime crema, avocado, cabbage and cilantro atop crispy baked corn tortillas.
Wow, so many ways to cook tilapia. Grab some the next time you’re at the grocery store and start cooking your way through this list.
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- 4 tilapia fillets
- 1.5 cups buttermilk
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 Tbsp Creole seasoning
- 2 tsp salt
- Place tilapia fillets and buttermilk in a shallow bowl and soak for 20 minutes.
- While fish is soaking, mix dry ingredients in a plate.
- In a cast iron skillet or electric skillet, fill to 1/2 inch oil and heat to 375°F.
- Remove tilapia fillets from buttermilk and dredge in flour mixture, coating both sides.
- Add fillets to preheated oil and fry 2-3 minutes per side. Do not overcrowd, work in batches if necessary.
- Remove fried tilapia fillets to paper towel lined plate, then serve.
- Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you.
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