Sauces to Use on Tilapia Fish


Tilapia,graces the menus of many restaurants and can be found in the seafood section, as well as the frozen food aisle, of most grocery stores. Because of its firm texture, tilapia is a versatile fish that can be cooked many ways. Its mild flavor also makes it perfect for a variety of sauces, each of which adds its unique flavor.

Lemon Pepper

  • The flavor of lemon and pepper bring out the natural flavor of fish and are frequently featured in seafood dishes. Season the tilapia fillets with salt and black pepper, then, dredge the fillets in flour. Saute the fish in butter. Create a tasty lemon-peppercorn sauce by adding chicken broth, fresh lemon juice and brine-packed green peppercorns to the same pan, after the fish is cooked. Increase the heat slightly and bring the mixture to a boil until it is reduced to about 1/2 cup. Add 2 tsp. of butter, then pour the over the tilapia.

Tomato-Basil Cream

  • Forget chicken Parmesan; Parmesan-crusted tilapia topped with a creamy, tomato-basil sauce will be your new, favorite Italian dish. Begin by cooking garlic and cherry tomatoes in a skillet, then letting it simmer for about 15 minutes. For the tilapia, season rinsed and dried fillets with salt and pepper. Place the tilapia in flour, then dip in egg, dredge in a mixture of Parmesan, panko breadcrumbs and some garlic powder. Pan fry the fish, then, spoon some of the creamy sauce on top.

Coconut Curry

  • Chefs looking for a taste of Asia will love a Thai-inspired, coconut-curry sauce. To make the sauce, heat ginger, garlic, red bell peppers and green onion in a large skillet. Season the mixture with curry powder and paste, as well as cumin. Finally, add soy sauce, a touch of brown sugar, salt and coconut milk and let simmer. Pour the flavorful sauce over broiled tilapia for a meal that will make diners feel as though they've traveled to Asia.


  • Pesto is not just for pasta; jazz up tilapia with a delicious drizzle of basil pesto sauce. Puree fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan and ricotta cheese in a blender to create a thick pesto sauce. A touch more olive oil can moisten the pesto if it is too dry. Place the tilapia in a baking pan, then spoon the fresh pesto sauce on top of each piece of fish. After baking the fish, serve it with pasta, fresh salad and some garlic bread.


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