Whole Broiled Tilapia Recipe

Whole Tilapia is easy to cook under the high heat of the broiler. In this recipe, I just used lemon, garlic  and butter to flavor the fish. Don’t be afraid of the heads. My son called these, Big Scary Fish. He’s hilarious, I just picked his fish, to make sure their weren’t any bones and served his without the head. I found a large bag of whole Tilapia at Sam’s at a great price. I was excited to find these because I had heard whole Tilapia is much tastier than the fillets. And it’s true, the whole Tialpia, even though still extremely mild in flavor, is much better than a fillet. The fillets almost don’t even taste like fish. I have been so disappointed in Tilapia fillets, I don’t even buy them anymore. I made this Tilapia with very simple seasoning, so I could taste the flavor of the fish. Tilapia is so mild, it will take on any seasonings. So any recipe you would use for flounder, cod, or other very mild white fish will work for Tilapia.

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Whole Broiled Tilapia Recipe

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1 Tilapia per person
1/2 lemon per Tilapia
2 cloves garlic per fish
2 pats of butter per fish
vegetable oil
salt and pepper


Preheat oven broiler to high. Place heavy cast iron skillet under broiler to preheat. Salt and pepper fish on inside and out. Stuff
Tilapia with lemon, garlic and butter. Oil the outside of the fish with vegetable oil.

Oil the preheated cast iron pan and broil fish until skin starts to crisp and brown.

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  23 Responses to “Whole Broiled Tilapia Recipe”

  1. Cookin' Canuck — August 5, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    This recipe shows that preparing a whole fish doesn’t need to be complicated. Really nice dish!

  2. Angelia McGowan — August 5, 2010 @ 11:07 am

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  4. MaryMoh — August 5, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

    Simple and delicious. I love to cook fish whole…brought up eating it that way. I tried to do that with a whole salmon some time ago. Gosh it almost gave me high blood pressure…haha…never bought such a huge fish!

  5. Drick — August 5, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

    you are so right, just like chicken, the sweetness of the meat taste so much better when cooked with the bones – and the lightness of the tilapia requires very little seasoning – you have done a wonderful job here, I would love to nudge in at your table …

  6. Belinda @zomppa — August 5, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    That Big Scary Fish sure looks it has big awesome flavor. Love whole fish as well.

  7. dianne — August 5, 2010 @ 8:05 pm

    It looks like a very easy to prepare meal. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Your son is so cute, Big scary fish! 🙂 The Fish really looks scary but it has a very delicious taste.

  8. Done! You have convinced me that I must use the whole fish from now on. We will be in Colorado tomorrow….love the fresh fish up there. I will try this on the grill.

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  12. Co-Founder Ben Frear — August 6, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

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  13. lindentea — August 7, 2010 @ 6:08 pm

    I love whole fish but I always buy Tilapia fillets, I’ll try broiling it next time using your recipe. Thank you!

  14. Emily P. — August 9, 2010 @ 9:35 am

    Make sure you eat the cheeks! I just grilled a whole black bass at home and posted a video about how to handle it – come see and say hi! – Beautiful website, too – keep up the good work!


  15. Angela — August 13, 2010 @ 1:31 am

    Tilapia is one of my favorite kinds of fish to eat. Your recipe looks yummy and easy enough to prepare. Will include this on our menu the next time we go on a family picnic. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Adelina — August 13, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    Very simple and beautiful dish! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Magic of Spice — August 13, 2010 @ 3:20 pm

    Very light and fresh recipe 🙂

  18. Brandywine Designs — July 31, 2011 @ 7:44 pm

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  19. Kim — April 25, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    Deeeeelicious! Two 1.5 lb tilapia fit very nicely into a 12″ cast iron skillet in case anyone wonders. I topped the cooked fish with a “parmesan gremolata” (minced garlic, parsley, lime zest, and parmesan) to rave reviews. I will absolutely make this again!

  20. Troy Wright — October 21, 2012 @ 8:07 pm

    An alternative to salt and pepper try a mediterrean spice rub and add a 1/2 lime along with lemon.

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