10 Tilapia Recipes You Can Add to Your Weeknight Dinner Rotation (2024)

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With no shortage of ways to cook tilapia, this list of recipes is a great way to get inspired for your next meal!

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Updated on November 20, 2023

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Ideal for everything from baking to frying, the sky’s truly the limit when it comes to tilapia recipes. A flaky, mild fish with the ability to absorb tons of flavor, tilapia is popular for its versatility in the kitchen and budget-friendly price tag. With no shortage of ways to cook and enjoy it, this list of tilapia recipes is a great place to start if you want to get inspired for your next meal!

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Baked Tilapia Veracruz

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It doesn’t get much simpler than this tilapia recipe! Veracruz sauce is tomato-based and made with capers, olives, and fresh herbs. Simply prepare the sauce in a sauté pan, top it with your tilapia filets, and stick the entire dish in the oven until the tilapia is flaky and tender. You can serve this right from the pan, making it flavorful and easy to clean up.

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Fish Tostados with Chili Lime Cream

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This budget-friendly tilapia recipe is packed with flavor and texture and can be ready in just 30 minutes! The flaky fish absorbs flavor and creaminess from a tangy chili lime cream. Warm tostada shells serve as the perfect vehicle for bringing everything together.

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Tilapia Pasta

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Let’s commit to more fish pasta for a healthier eating plan! This tilapia recipe is packed with flavor. Tilapia is cooked in a large skillet with linguine and then incorporated into a fresh tomato sauce with garlic, onion, fennel, and capers.

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Fish Tacos with Lime Sauce

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Mild tilapia and citrusy limes make a beautiful pair, especially in the form of fresh fish tacos! These tilapia fish tacos are budget-friendly, colorful, and can be ready to serve in just 30 minutes. With a drizzle of tart lime crema to bring it all together, you’re going to be having the tastiest dinner in town!

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Tilapia with Almond Butter

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This tilapia recipe isn't made with almond butter from the jar you purchased during this week's grocery haul. We're talking butter heated in a skillet to golden brown perfection mixed with sliced almonds to intensify those nutty, toasty flavors. Pan-fried tilapia is topped with this glorious sauce and placed over boiled pea pods for an extra pop of texture.

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Tilapia Veracruz

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This one-pan meal is quick to prepare and loaded with texture and flavor. Simmer your tilapia filets in a pan sauce made with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and olives, and they'll absorb every ounce of flavor. You'll have a mouth-watering skillet meal to enjoy any night of the week!

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Vegetable Ribbon Pappardelle with Tilapia

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If you’re in the mood for pasta but trying to incorporate more vegetables into your meals, this easy tilapia recipe is definitely for you! Topped with sharp grated cheese, the flavor is truly delicious.

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Wilted Spinach and Tilapia Salad

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This recipe begins with just a few simple ingredients and transforms into a dressed-up dish full of flavor. The combination of tilapia filets, iron-packed spinach, and spices makes this a go-to tilapia recipe.

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Chili-Lime Tilapia with Corn Saute

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Flaky white fish pairs beautifully with tangy citrus, sweet corn, and the perfect bit of heat. Tilapia filets are brushed with a spicy lime-chili mixture and pan-fried to flaky perfection. Garnish with some lime wedges and jalapeno slices, and your fried tilapia recipe is ready in minutes!

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Origami Fish Packets

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This easy-to-customize tilapia recipe can be made with your favorite grains, vegetables, and spices. A jar of purchased pesto makes a flavorful sauce when combined with butter and fresh orange juice. Prep the ingredients and allow each diner to create their own tilapia dinner.

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More Fish Recipes for Delicious Dinners

Fish is such a versatile food, and simple recipes that incorporate all types of seafood are easy to make. If you like salmon, Seared Salmon with Pistachio Gremolata cooks in a skillet and is flavored with plenty of herbs and a delicious pistachio-based sauce. Grill salmon and top it with corn salsa for the perfect summer dinner.

If you're more of a shellfish fan, you'll love this classic Shrimp Scampi Pasta that comes together quickly for an easy weeknight dinner or these marinated shrimp tacos, accompanied by Mexican Edamame and Couscous Salad. Check out our guide to the healthiest and most sustainable seafood for the most nutritious and eco-friendly options for your fish-based entrées.

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