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
Source: My sister taught me
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
And the final product: