Ginger Cilantro Baked Tilapia

  • Date March 13, 2014
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I love how this recipe came to be. Brett went up to visit is grandma (who is rocking it at 102 years old) for lunch. We had a good snarky chuckle in the car ride to work that morning about how he should have a big breakfast as we "assumed" the retirement food served would be bland and gross. When he got back that night, not only was he raving about his lunch, he was towing with him a big bag of tilapia fillets. I myself love white fish but struggle to get Brett to eat it. I was overjoyed when he said he had tilapia for lunch and not only was it delicious, he even bought a ton for our freezer. I immediately went to work to create a recipe that I could convince him that this was a new staple in our house for dinner! The trick to a husband friendly version of anything is to encrust in some sort of crust. Anything that reminds my husband of a chicken strip seems to fly.

225 calories per fillet


  • 2 tilapia fillets (150 g each)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbls fresh ginger
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, fresh and chopped
  • 2 tbls soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice bread crumbs
  • green onion, to garnish


  • Preheat oven to 475'F
  • Pat fish dry and season with salt and pepper
  • Puree the garlic, ginger, jalapeno, cilantro and soy sauce
  • Marinate the fish in this sauce (30 minutes)
  • Dip in a plate of panko or rice bread crumbs to coat
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until the fish easily flakes away from the centre with a fork

Husband Friendly Version:

Get your husband to help! Make him do the messy work and let him wear his hockey jersey.

The result is that since I wrote this recipe we have had many versions of grilled tilapia and it is now a staple in our house. 

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