Thai-Style Tilapia Recipe -
Thai-Style Tilapia Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

Thai-Style Tilapia

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"A very easy yet really interesting way to prepare this fish. Tilapia fillets are simmered in a seasoned coconut milk sauce for a luxurious flavor. These will look beautiful served over a bed of rice. Adjust the amount of spice to your liking by adding more or less red pepper flakes."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    35 mins


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine the coconut milk, almonds, onion, ginger, turmeric, lemon grass, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Process until smooth.
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the fish fillets with salt and pepper on both sides, then place them skin-side up in the skillet. Pour the pureed sauce over the fish. Use a spatula to coat the fish evenly with the sauce. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes, until the puree is thickened and fish flakes easily with a fork.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2006

I'll be honest, in the morning when I first made the sauce and did the old "finger dip taste test", I wasn't crazy about the flavor. But when I made the entire dish that evening, WOW! I made a special trip to a Oriental market for fresh lemongrass and that made a huge impact on the sauce. We had the fish served over rice and a side dish of green beans. Very rich, very Thai. I highly recommend you double the sauce in this recipe. I'm going to try it over chicken as well.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 27, 2006

The basis was good. I used fresh ginger instead of ground, swapped curry paste for the tumeric,used a whole lemon grass stalk, and omitted the pepper flakes. I also added about 1/8 cup of Fish sauce. I also added garlic in the mix. It was a five star after that.


147 Ratings

Nov 13, 2006

This recipe has some Potential but needs to be worked on ... So ,I tried making it the way we make Indian Curry with Thai Blends ,can call fusion sorts.made paste of Fresh ginger, garlic 4 cloves,some fresh coconut meat ,and almonds 6 and little coconut milk (just enough to rotate the grinder).Sauted the onions in 1-2 tbs of canola oil ,then added the paste and fried it for 5 mints at low,added water 1/2 cup and covered and cooked ,added 1 tbs Indian red pepper powder + 1/2 tbs Coriander powder+baby carrots ,some cauliflower florets (all precooked) at this point added fish fillets and lastly some frozen peas.It took 10 mints after adding fillets to done the Curry.thanks!!

Dec 10, 2006

This is a very good recipe. I used garlic chili paste instead of crushed red pepper to give it an authentic Thai flavor. Would definitely recommend making this dish.

Jan 27, 2007

As a Thai food loving family we all agreed this was fantastic! The flavors all came together nicely, I couldn't find lemon grass so I used lemon zest. I'm also not a fan of nuts in my food so first I pulverized the almonds in the blender then I added the other ingredients and blended. I served it over sticky sushi rice, we couldn't get enough!

Apr 26, 2010

Do you remember the movie, 'Amadeus?' The part when Salieri was performing a little march in Mozart's honor of meeting. Mozart took the silly little tune and turned it into something great. The same holds true with this recipe. I added one whole can of coconut milk, 3 x 1 inch piece of ginger peeled,12 almonds, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of curry paste(red or green or yellow) dropped the salt and sprinkled the fish on one side with hot curry powder and black pepper and garlic powder on the other side. I added 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to the pan and lightly fried both sides of the fish and then covered with the sauce on low heat for 15 minutes, garnished lightly with red pepper powder, then served over a bed of rice.That was really an AWESOME dish!!!

May 17, 2005

This recipe is simply awesome!! It's soo tasty, you can't get enough of it. My boyfriend told me this was the best fish recipe he ever tasted and I agree with him... I suggest to double the sauce though, it is really good and goes very well with basmati rice.

Feb 09, 2007

We are huge thai fans and this was extremely disapointing.


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  • Calories
  • 184 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 2.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 41 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 8.6 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 24.1 g
  • 48%
  • Sodium
  • 296 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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