Tilapia with a Peanut Crust and Chinese Dressing

In the previous post we simply baked it whole with some butter and herbs but there are plenty of other ways to cook tilapia.

How To Cook Tilapia

Thanks to the firm texture and mild flavour of tilapia, this fish can be cooked in the following different ways:

  • Pan-fry/Sauté
  • Grill
  • Broil
  • Bake
  • Braise
  • Deep-fry

Recipe Ideas for Tilapia

Tilapia can be cooked in or served with the following:

  • Spicy marinades and rubs
  • Sauces – creamy or spicy, e.g. Thai Coconut-Curry Sauce
  • Subtle seasonings – e.g. lemon and garlic
  • Crusted – cornmeal, almond and pecans are common ingredients used for a crust
  • Soups – like creamy corn chowder
  • Stews – for example, spicy seafood stew
  • Salsas – fruity salsas such as mango

Ingredients, herbs and spices that pair well with Tilapia
  • Lemon
  • Tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Peppers
  • Garlic
  • orange
  • lime
  • cumin
  • chili
  • mustard
  • parsley
  • chive
  • rosemary
  • cilantro

But above all else, this peanut-crusted recipe is my favourite!

Download and/or print the recipe! Click HERE.

Tilapia with a Peanut Crust and Chinese Dressing
An interesting way to serve Tilapia.
Recipe by: Michelle Minnaar
Published: 6 December 2011
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Total Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Weight Watchers Recipe: 42 ProPoints, Per Serving: 10 ProPoints
Serving size: 178.6g, Calories per serving: 347, Fat per serving: 7g
Serves 2

20ml (4 tsp) peanut butter

15ml (1 tbsp) soy sauce

5ml (1 tsp) ground ginger

15ml (1 tbsp) finely chopped onion

50g (2 oz) salted peanuts, chopped

80ml (1/3 cup) dried breadcrumbs

4 tilapia fillets

15ml (1 tbsp) vegetable oil

15ml (1 tbsp) butter

30ml (2 tbsp) oyster sauce

15ml (1 tbsp) soy sauce

15ml (1 tbsp) sweet sherry

15ml (1 tbsp) rice wine vinegar

5ml (1 tsp) sugar

5ml (1 tsp) dried chili flakes

  1. In a shallow bowl, whisk together the peanut butter, soy sauce, ginger and onion until very smooth.
  2. Mix the chopped nuts and breadcrumbs together on a plate.
  3. Season the cod with salt and pepper. Dip one side of each fillet into the peanut paste and then into the crumb mixture.
  4. Heat the oil and butter in a frying pan until the butter foams, then add the fish fillets, crumb side down.
  5. Cook over moderate heat for about 4 minutes or until the crumbs are golden brown.
  6. Carefully turn the fish over and cook for about 5 minutes, depending on how thick it is.
  7. Stir together all the ingredients of the sauce.
  8. Serve immediately with some coriander leaves and sauce drizzled on top.
Serving Suggestion
  • Serve with rice.
  • Any firm white fish can be used instead of tilapia, e.g. cod or haddock.

Other tilapia recipes:

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  1. says

    Ha – I think I own that exact same plate 😉 And love the placemat – a gift from home?? I’m a sucker for a fish in a crispy crust so I love this combo – and tilapia is a great match with Thai flavours.

  2. Steve T says

    This looks and sounds delicious!!
    What can the flavour of tilapia be compared too?
    I love fish but have never tried it.
    Either way i think i will give this a go one day soon!

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