Tilapia in Thai sauce

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 2
Use this sustainable white fish in place of cod, to make an easy one-pan supper

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Egg-free

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal328
  • fat14g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs25g
  • sugars10g
  • fibre0g
  • protein28g
  • salt2.94g
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  • 4 tilapia fillet
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
    Sunflower oil

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • 4 spring onion, sliced
    Spring onions

    Spring onion

    sp-ring un-yun

    Also known as scallions or green onions, spring onions are in fact very young onions, harvested…

  • 2 garlic clove, crushed
  • small piece fresh ginger, finely chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
    Soy sauce

    Soy sauce

    soy sor-s

    An Asian condiment and ingredient that comes in a variety of of varieties ranging from light to…

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • juice 1 lime, plus 1 lime chopped into wedges, to serve



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • handful Thai basil leaves or coriander leaves



    Most closely associated with Mediterranean cooking but also very prevalent in Asian food, the…


  1. Coat the fish fillets in the cornflour, then set aside. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan, sizzle the fillets for 2-3 mins on each side until crisp, then remove and keep warm. In the same pan, briefly fry the spring onion, garlic and ginger, then add the soy sauce, brown sugar and lime juice and simmer until slightly syrupy. Spoon the sauce over the fish, scatter with chilli, Thai basil or coriander, then serve with the lime wedges.

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Comments (47)

mangohead's picture

Wow. Joined the site specifically to say how good this recipe is. Served with sticky Jasmine rice and used red onion instead of spring onion (because that's what we had), plus a scotch bonnet from the garden instead of a red chilli. My tip is to add a little salt in the cornflour to coat the fish and agree with other comments that the sauce can be doubled. We also aded a little water to the sauce and reduced it down for minute or two. Fabulous fat-free food, on the plate in 20 mins from start to finish. Thank you BBC Good Food and Barney D. 10/10

lizleicester's picture

Not sure why this didn't work well for me. Maybe it really has to be tilapia?

alexsousa's picture

Simple and delicious! Used seabass and doubled the sauce. Wife loved it.

la cuina de casa's picture

We've been making this recipe for over a year now since finding it here and we loved it from day one. It's simple, easy and (for us) a new way to cook fish. We love the sauce and have followed the advice other users suggested: to add more spring onions, soy sauce and sugar. At times we've used lemons instead of limes and that works well too. I'd say go for it to give your meals a change.

sophstyli's picture

I made this with seabass & wow what a recipe! It's not too difficult and it tastes amazing! It's great served with coconut rice and pak choi. Will definitely be doing this again!!

juliazuzanna's picture

but double the sauce ingredients!

sharppayne15's picture

Really tasty, but would double the sauce next time

linachauhan's picture

Made this last night and it was amazing. It tastes just like the the food we had in Thailand. I didn't have any Thai basil so I just ground up some star anise and put it in the sauce to get that aniseed flavour. Will definitely be making this again, its so quick and simple to make!

juicytitbit's picture

Lovely. serve with steamed basmati rice....
Thanks for the recipe!

juicytitbit's picture

Lovely! Served with steamed basmati rice. Thanks for the. Recipe!

plourdjane's picture

Absolutely delicious !!!

castelleine's picture

Absolutely delicious! I made this for the first time this evening and served it with steamed rice and stir-fried veggies. It took no time at all to make and was so simple. I shall definitely be making this again, and soon - extremely tasty!

sapnab's picture

Really tasty and so simple. I used river cobbler which fried really well. I doubled up on the sauce quantity but used half soy sauce and half fish sauce. The fresh Thai basil gives a wonderful flavour. My normally fish-phobic husband loved it!

heatheranne123's picture

Substituted Tilapia for Pollock, just as nice!! Love the sauce!

homejames's picture

Excellent - used rapeseed oil instead of sunflower oil - it was very popular and certainly will be cooking it again,

jennymcp's picture

This is now my absolute favourite way to cook tilapia. I did not have a fresh chili or coriander, so used dried chili flakes, and omitted the coriander. Still amazing! And so simple to make!!!!

misshannah22's picture

Delicious. I used half an onion as suggested by another, ground ginger instead of fresh and omitted the chilli. I also used plain flour instead of corn and cod fillets. Delicious meal just using the ingredients I had in the kitchen at the time. :)

misshannah22's picture

Delicious. I used half an onion as suggested by another, ground ginger instead of fresh and omitted the chilli. I also used plain flour instead of corn and cod fillets. Delicious meal just using the ingredients I had in the kitchen at the time. :)

serenity2007's picture

Fabulous! the flavours where wonderful

gre5672's picture

Fab - SOOOOOO easy and yet delicious!


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