Tilapia in Thai sauce

Tilapia in Thai sauce

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 10 mins

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Serves 2

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

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Additional info

  • Dairy-free
  • Nut-free
  • Egg-free
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving



  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 4 spring onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • small piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • juice 1 lime, plus 1 lime chopped into wedges, to serve
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and sliced
  • handful Thai basil leaves or coriander leaves

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, November 2008

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mariabudgen's picture
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Took others advice and doubled up sauce ingredients. Went shopping before finding recipe, so used 2 large plaice fillets which worked well and didn't have any spring onions so used half a sliced onion - worked fine, if not as colourful! Used total of 4 tablespoons of lime juice from a bottle as no fresh (1 lime is meant to equal 2 tbls). Made a lovely tangy sauce which we will make again. Great quick and easy recipe that makes fish a bit more interesting. Served it with Ken Hom's turmeric rice with lots of finely chopped veg mixed in.

patchy's picture
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This is so easy and utterly delicious. Everyone I give it to asks for the recipe.

brendacondie's picture

Absolutely gorgeous!! Wonderful blend of flavours. I also doubled up on the sauce. Went down a storm with my guinea pig husband, so will be my next dinner party offering

itsamee's picture
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Brilliant, tasty,simple and it looks good too.I served it with coconut rice and sprinkled coriander leaves over and served at a dinner party but will have it with salad for a weekday meal. Thanks Barney

fl00se's picture

Awesome! My family loved this recipe. I doubled up on the ingredients and it was perfect.......severd it with a romaine salad......

clairecv's picture
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Wow! This is delicious and so quick and easy! I doubled the quantities of soy, lime and sugar as we like alot of sauce, and also used river cobbler as my supermaket didn't have tilapia. Have cooked it twice now and served with jasmine rice and prawn toasts, a firm favourite already!!