Grilled Tilapia


Grilled Tilapia is a popular Nigerian delicacy that showcases the country's love for fish and outdoor grilling. 


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grilled tilapia with plantain, arugula and rocket on a wooden board sat on a white wooden table

Tilapia, a mild and versatile freshwater fish, is marinated in a flavourful blend of spices and herbs before being grilled to perfection.

During preparation the chef will make deep cuts or slashes along its sides. This helps the marinade penetrate the flesh and ensures even cooking. The fish is then seasoned with a mixture of spices such as garlic, ginger, paprika, thyme, and sometimes a hint of chili or cayenne pepper for added heat.

After marinating for some time to allow the flavours to infuse, the Tilapia is placed on a hot grill, often over charcoal or an open flame, and cooked until the flesh becomes tender and flakes easily. Grilling gives the fish a smoky and slightly charred flavour while keeping it moist and succulent. It is often served as a main course alongside Nigerian staples like Jollof Rice, fried plantains, or a variety of vegetable dishes. It is also commonly enjoyed with a side of fresh pepper sauce, which adds an extra kick of heat and tangy flavours.

This dish is loved for its simplicity, vibrant flavours, and the unique smoky taste imparted by the grilling process. Grilled Tilapia is not only a delicious delicacy but also a reflection of Nigeria's diverse culinary heritage and its appreciation for fresh seafood.