When your family requests some "other fish," let yourselves be tempted by tilapia. A mild white fish, tilapia is rapidly growing in popularity because it is such a versatile seafood. Use tilapia in these easy recipes for chowders, tacos, baked entrees, and casseroles.

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How to Bake Tilapia

Most fish make a wise entree choice for those who trying to keep meals light and healthy. The light flavor and delightfully flaky texture of Tilapia make it the perfect candidate the next time you're in the mood for a meal from the wild blue yonder. Tilapia's mild flavor lets it easily absorb the flavors of a wide variety of seasonings and sauces, which means that whether you're in the mood for a little Cajun spice or a tangy Oriental dish, Tilapia might be just the fish for the job. Tilapia is easy to find and relatively inexpensive, and best of all, it isn't hard to learn how to bake Tilapia, no matter what your culinary skill level.

Salt-Crusted Tilapia with Lemongrass

Food & Wine

Thai cooks love tilapia for its versatility. "You can steam it, fry it or grill it," Andy Ricker says about this mild white fish. At Pok Pok, he stuffs whole fish with lemongrass, encases it in a salt crust, and cooks it over a charcoal fire. Be sure the heat stays relatively low, or the crust will burn before the fish is ready to emerge, moist and fragrant.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Salsa Verde Tilapia

Pace Salsa & Picante

With just 4 ingredients you can create this enjoyable, kicked-up fish dish topped with melted cheese.

Total: 25 mins

Crispy Tilapia Cakes


Try these tilapia patties for a new twist on crab cakes. Served with a farro, pomegranate and broccoli salad, this is one quick and nutritious dinner.

Total: 25 mins

Vietnamese Tilapia with Turmeric & Dill

Fine Cooking Magazine

Sugar, lime juice, fish sauce, and chile make a simple yet classic sauce - one that's practically requisite at any Vietnamese meal. Here it's drizzled over fish fillets.

Crispy Fried-Fish Tacos

Food & Wine

Classically trained chef Tomas Lee was eager to bring the Asian-taco craze to Atlanta with his new restaurant Hankook. Here, he flavors panko-breaded fried-fish tacos with hoisin mayonnaise.

Total: 1 hr

How to Make Baked Tilapia

Learn how to bake tilapiamild flavored, light texture, and inexpensiveand you can have a fast fish dinner any night of the week, seasoned with whatever sauces and spices you like!

3 Things to Make With...Tilapia

When you find a good deal at your grocery store, it's smart to stock up -- but it can be a challenge to find new, tasty ways to use up all those good bargains. Each week, we bring you three original (often surprising!) recipes that feature the types of ingredients you're likely to find on sale.

Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

Diabetic Living

With ample protein from the fish and vitamins from the veggies, this dinner dish is clean and lean. Try baby kale in place of the spinach as a delicious variation.

Total: 25 mins

Crunchy Tilapia

Family Circle

Pan-Fried Fish with Peppers and Pecans

Better Homes and Gardens

Creamy Fish Fillets

Family Circle

Here's a full-course meal with just five ingredients. Tilapia fillets, green beans, and cherry tomatoes cook in creamy Italian salad dressing while purchased garlic bread toasts in the oven.

Panko Fried Fish and Smoky Chips

Family Circle

Coat tilapia filets with light-as-air panko breadcrumbs and bake or grill for a low-calorie fast food substitute.

Tilapia Fish Tacos with Arugula

Ladies' Home Journal

Baked Cilantro Tilapia with Brown Rice and Snow Peas

Family Circle

While the tilapia bakes in the oven, the rice and vegetable sides come together in minutes in your microwave and steamer.

Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream

Better Homes and Gardens

A perfect appetizer recipe that costs just over $2 per serving. The combination of sour cream, chili lime cream and tilapia is ready in under 30 minutes.

Total: 20 mins

Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream

Midwest Living

$2.08 per serving

Total: 20 mins
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