Baked Tilapia

Baked Tilapia and Yellow Rice

I don’t like seafood generally but I like this dish. It’s halfway between masala fish and my version of easy cooking with the ingredients I gots! Doesn’t take very long to make and it is a dry dish. I like my food mild, so add chili powder to your liking.

Recipe: Baked Tilapia

Also known as: Masala Fish

Category: Main Dishes; Seafood

Accompaniments: Rotli, Yellow Rice, Mogo Naryal Waru

Source: My sister taught me

Servings: 2


  • 2 large pieces of tilapia fillets (or any other white fish)
  • 2 Tbsp tomato puree
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder (or to taste)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice

Cooking tools:

  • Oven-proof dish lined with aluminum foil


So I bought tilapia loins. I know, since when did fish have loins? But it’s tilapia without the dark center which is typical of the tilapia fillets. So Costco fans, get the fishy loins!

Tilapia loins

  • Combine all the ingredients (apart from the fish) in a bowl or a magic bullet.
  • If using loins cut into large pieces, if not just soak the fish in cold water with some lemon juice for a bit, then rinse and pat dry.
  • Coat the fish with the tomato-spice mix and let the fish marinate for a minimum of 15 mins in the fridge. I usually marinate at least an hour or overnight. Drizzle the fish with some additional oil before baking.
  • Bake in a preheated 400 °F (200 °C) oven till done, which is about 10-15 mins.  Then turn the oven up to the broil setting and broil the top of the fish.

Marinated tilapia

And the final product:



2 responses to “Baked Tilapia

  1. Pingback: Dinner tonight: Tilapia With Jasmine Rice « Maria Grace·

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