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Thai Tilapia Recipe

This Tilapia recipe is inspired by traditional Thai cooking and contains spicy ingredients such as ginger, turmeric and red pepper flakes. You can adjust the spiciness of the dish by experimenting with the amount of spicy ingredients. If the dish gets really spicy, serve it with cooling yoghurt sauce since this will help calm it down a bit for sensitive dinner guests.


  • White onion (roughly 2 tablespoons when chopped)
  • Fresh lemongrass (roughly 1 teaspoon when chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 5-10 whole almonds
  • 1 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 (4 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, or to taste


  1. Chop the onion and the lemongrass.
  2. Place onion and lemongrass in a blender and add coconut milk, almonds, ginger, turmeric and salt. Process the ingredients until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. Heat up a non-stick skillet over medium-strong heat.
  4. Season the tilapia fillets with salt and pepper on both sides.
  5. Place the seasoned tilapia fillets in the skillet with the skin-side up.
  6. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the fillets and use a spatula to coat them evenly.
  7. Sprinkle the dish with red pepper flakes.
  8. Turn the heat down to medium strength and cover the skillet.
  9. Leave to simmer until the puree has thickened and fish can be easily flaked using a fork. This will normally take around 15 minutes.