Spicy Baked Tilapia


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Spicy Tilapia with Rice & Plantain

I should probably start with the disclaimer that I no longer eat Tilapia, I created this recipe late in 2014 when Tilapia was still a part of my diet.  I had really terrible experiences twice with the frozen Tilapia I got at my local store which motivated me to remove Tilapia from my diet.  I honestly just think the aquaculture (fish farm) conditions must be unsafe and unsanitary for the fish to arrive at the store the way they do. I noticed bad smell and unnatural amounts of fat (which is very unusual for wild caught Tilapia) after defrosting the fish,

That being said, this is a great recipe; it’s light, healthy and fitfam approved. If you have access to wild caught tilapia, you should definitely use it. You can also use any other similar size fish like milk fish, croaker, white fish or cod.

Spicy Baked Tilapia

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Serves: 2

You can use any other type of fish for this recipe. It works well with flaky fish.
  • 2 whole tilapia fish (scaled and cleaned)
  • 1 large onion (divided) ( thinly slice half)
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 2 medium tomatoes
  • Hot pepper - chili or habanero ( rodo) - to taste
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 cubes maggi
  • Salt- to taste
  • 1 bell peppers (thinly sliced)
  1. Combine ingredients 2 through 7 in a blender or food processor. Process until coarse.
  2. Tilapia - sauce
  3. With a sharp knife, make some deep incisions on both sides of each fish
  4. Place the fish in a large baking dish and pour over the puréed sauce. Top with chopped onions & peppers
  5. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 25 - 35 minutes or until the fish is cooked
  6. Serve with rice and plantain

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By |September 10th, 2015|23 Comments


  1. Samantha July 24, 2017 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Could I fry this fish too with this recipe ?

  2. Nosa December 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Would this work with those frozen tilapia fillets? seen them before? any advice if I want to use that?

  3. Sagat December 5, 2016 at 9:30 am - Reply

    The problem with farmed tilapia is the farming methods and the amount of fat they have. Like you say we don’t know how these are farmed on China, Vietnam etc and what chemicals they put in them . In Nigeria wild tilapia is difficult to come by with oil spillages affecting the ones that used to swim freely. In our village we used to catch a lot until the Mobil oil spillages affected the quality of the fish. I haven’t eaten wild ones for over 15yrs

  4. @ Moshadfit July 8, 2016 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    I tried it and it was de-li-cious!

  5. @ Moshadfit July 7, 2016 at 11:59 am - Reply

    I am so trying this today…I will give you feedback

  6. adepeju May 4, 2016 at 9:18 am - Reply

    aww just wot i needed i ordered some tilapia today and was wondering wot to do wit it aside from fish stew. ronke hats off to u

  7. maryam February 16, 2016 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    i cooked this today ,it was so good ,thank you

  8. Estti E. September 29, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    i want to try this!!

  9. Marta September 26, 2015 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Just what i needed! My husband loves this dish. Thank u for ur recipe. Will definitely try it out ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm - Reply

      Yeiii! let us know how it turns out.

  10. Winnie September 12, 2015 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Interesting recipe!!! Can’t wait to try it! Can I try to marinate it before putting it in the oven tho. I am obsessed with marinating *face palm*

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Marination helps ALWAYS. you definitely can.

  11. Ruby-Asia September 10, 2015 at 9:23 am - Reply

    Yes yes yes!!!, I’ve made this before and I loved it, the ginger gives it life. Great minds think alike jare. Sorry about the awful experience with the tipalia, I prefer using croaker for this recepie. Thumbs up 9ja foodie your the best

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      Great minds indeed. Thanks thanks

    • Chibu A. April 24, 2016 at 12:43 pm - Reply

      It was delicious!! Added ginger as well. Thanks 9ja Foodie!

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