Reel In a Winner for Dinner

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, August 7, 2012  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

“Fast, easy and delicious yet impressive enough to make for company.” “Make this again!” My husband and I keep a journal of sorts within our collections of recipes. Whether it’s in a cookbook or the three-ringed binder that holds recipes we’ve cherry-picked from magazines, newspapers and online, we mark up our recipes with edits, serving suggestions and a taste-related quote from someone at the table.

Looking over our fish recipes, I’ve discovered a common thread; when it comes to pleasing the whole family (and friends) with a seafood dish, tilapia is a top choice at my house. Mild in flavor, delicate and sweet, it’s delicious pan-fried, broiled, baked, poached or grilled. There’s nearly no wrong way to prepare tilapia! As an extra bonus, it’s a good source of B vitamins, antioxidants, calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorous too. Plus, all of the farmed tilapia sold at Whole Foods Market® meets our industry-leading Quality Standards for Aquaculture and is available year-round, so there’s no wrong time to prepare it either. Look for it fresh or vacuum-packed and frozen for convenience (think fuss-free fish dinner in a flash).

New to tilapia or just need new ways to serve it? Here are six delicious recipes to try.



What’s your favorite way to prepare tilapia? Let me know in the comments below.

Category: Food & Recipes, Seafood




Christine O'Connor says ...
Tilapia is a house-favorite. I can't wait to try these new recipes. Thanks! I keep a three-ring binder of recipes from magazines, too!
08/08/2012 5:18:07 AM CDT
Larry Belcher says ...
Tilapia tacos all the way! It's my favorite fish to fold up in a tortilla .
08/08/2012 10:34:47 AM CDT
Laurie Rubin says ...
My favorite way to prepare and serve Talapia, which is my favorite of all fish, is very simply. I place the Talapia on a baking sheet lined with parchment. Then, I season it with salt and pepper and sprinkle it generously with Panko breadcrumbs. I bake it quickly - 400 degrees for 10 minutes or so, depending on how large the pieces are. When it's ready, I sprinkle it with fresh lemon juice and serve it with pureed broccoli. To puree the broccoli I steam up a batch of broccoli and when it's tender I place it in my food processor with some organic sour cream, lemon juice, salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Process until it's all blended and pureed. You can add some sauteed leeks to the broccoli before pureeing. It makes a wonderful low calorie and healthy substitute for mashed potatoes and pairs nicely with the mild taste of the Talapia.
08/14/2012 2:55:11 PM CDT
Susan Andrews says ...
I use Jamaican jerk spices and cook it on the grill.
08/17/2012 1:47:48 PM CDT
Lois Winters says ...
I like my Tilapia broiled with a lemon butter sauce to finish it. I sprinkle extremely thin sliced green onions (scallions) over the top. I save the scallion tops for future use..
08/17/2012 10:28:05 PM CDT
Priscilla says ...
I like to pan sear my tilapia in liquid MCT's or coconut oil and seasoned with sea salt and lemon pepper!
08/18/2012 9:15:17 PM CDT
Michelle Stark says ...
Do you ever have Black Striped Bass or Rock fish? Do you know where I can purchase?
11/18/2012 9:30:46 AM CST
Nikki - Community Moderator says ...
@MICHELLE - The varieties of fish we sell is going to vary between store locations. I would encourage you to call your local store to see what types they have in stock! You can find their contact info at
11/20/2012 11:49:57 AM CST
Jeanne Suhr says ...
Almond Crusted Tilapia : Wash, pat dry on paper towels. Dredge in flour and salt mix, dip in egg wash and then into a mixture of equal amounts of slightly crushed slivered almonds and shredded Parmesan cheese. Press in and cover well. For 2 large filets use about 1/4 heaping cup each of ground almonds and shredded Parmesan. Melt 3 tbs butter in skillet and when hot, sauté tilapia for 3 minutes per side over medium heat. Turn heat down and top filets with some mor shredded Parma or some Gruyere and cover until melted. We LOVE it!
04/07/2014 12:02:47 PM CDT