How To Cook Tilapia

How To Cook Tilapia


If you’ve been stuck in a chicken or you’re sick of salmon, why not try tilapia recipes?

What Is Tilapia?

A mild, white fish, tilapia cooks up quickly, whether you prefer to grill, bake, pan-fry or air-fry your fish. Plus, its neutral flavor means it works well with a variety of seasonings, so you can layer tangy, spicy, savory or even subtle sweet flavors to your heart’s content. 

How Long To Cook Tilapia

You should cook tilapia on a grill pan on medium heat for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. The translucent fish meat should be more white in color when cooked through. 

How Long To Bake Tilapia 

You should bake tilapia at around 450°F for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork. Check recipes below on detailed steps on baking tilapia. 

How To Cook Frozen Tilapia 

You can cook frozen tilapia in the oven, frying pan or even the air fryer. You can even cook frozen fish without thawing it but it will add to the overall cooking time. It is recommended to thaw frozen tilapia in cold water for a few minutes and pat dry before you fry or bake it. 

Must Try Tilapia Recipes

Whether you’re looking for a light refreshing meal or some better-for-you comfort food, these 11 delicious and easy tilapia recipes have got you covered.


1. Sheet Pan Lemon Butter Dill Tilapia

Rich, creamy and crunchy, this easy breaded tilapia recipe doesn’t sacrifice flavor for convenience. Using McCormick® Golden Dipt® Lemon Butter Dill Sauce allows you to add complex flavor to your meal in an instant, while a sprinkling of panko creates texture. 



2. Grilled Citrus Seasoned Tilapia

Sometimes the simplest dishes taste the best  — and this easy grilled tilapia recipe proves that basics like salt, pepper, citrus and butter are all you need for a delicious entrée. 



3. Lemon Herb Tilapia Casserole

Cooler nights call for cozy casseroles, and this oven baked tilapia casserole keeps things light. McCormick® Lemon Herb Seafood Sauce adds bright and citrusy notes to the dish, while an olive and tomato topping adds savory flavor — and makes your meal totally Pinterest-worthy. 



4. Tilapia Provencal

Put a new spin on a classic for an easy French-inspired meal. Layers of aromatics, like tomatoes, olives and white wine, infuse each bite with plenty of flavor. And at 175 calories per serving, this light entrée can fit into any meal plan. 



5. Spicy Lemon Dill Tilapia

Need an easy weeknight meal that’s also irresistible? Try this fiery lemon dill tilapia, ASAP. Meal prep couldn’t be easier: this recipe calls for just 2 ingredients, the seasoning and the fish, and takes just 15 minutes to cook. Serve it with steamed veggies for an easy, better-for-you meal. 



6. Broiled Caribbean Tilapia

Take a trip to the tropics with this zesty oven baked tilapia recipe. McCormick® Caribbean Citrus Seafood Marinade Mix does the heavy lifting, so all you need is olive oil and lemon or orange juice to infuse your meal with bright flavor. Enjoy these filets on their own, or use them as a filling for tacos. 



7. Parmesan Herb-Crusted Tilapia

Crispy, crunchy and deliciously cheesy, this easy baked tilapia recipe is a winner. It’s the perfect weeknight meal because it comes together in just 17 minutes. Bake it with your favorite veggies on the pan, too, to make this a complete, one-plan meal.



8. Grilled Herbed Tilapia

Buh-bye, tough fish! Grilling tilapia in a packet protects it from overcooking, so it tastes smoky, tender and moist. A mix of butter, lemon juice and herbs make this grilled tilapia recipe delicious, with a classic flavor profile that’ll work with any side. 



9. Fried Lemon Pepper Fish

Craving fish and chips? Make your own upgraded version at home using tilapia! Lemon pepper seasoning adds classic flavor to your fish, while McCormick® Fish 'n Chips Seafood Batter Mix makes breading a breeze. Serve it with Spicy Oven Fries for a comforting meal. 




10. Hot and Sour Tilapia with Gingered Rhubarb Sauce

If you’re looking to expand your horizons in the kitchen, this sweet and sour tilapia is a great place to start. It gets its flavor from tangy rhubarb and toasty roasted ginger, plus pineapple chunks for a pop of sweetness. While this recipe tastes (and looks) gourmet, you can have it on the table in 30 minutes. 



11. Easy Baja Fish Tacos

If you’ve never tried tacos made with tilapia, you’re missing out. Upgrade your next taco night with this Baja-inspired recipe, which pairs pan-fried tilapia with a creamy homemade slaw. Serve with warmed corn tortillas, or think outside the shell and make a taco rice bowl, instead.

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