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Pan-fried tilapia with spicy sauce

Tilapia has a low to moderate fat content, and is a rich source of high quality protein. It's easy to prepare and has a mild taste. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: fried, spicy sauce, tilapia
Author: Mia


For frying tilapia

  • 2 medium-sized tilapia cleaned and scales removed
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 1 tbsp salt

For the sauce

  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 thumb size ginger finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp green onion
  • 5 tbsp ketchup
  • 3 tbsp hot sauce add more if needed
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp water and 1 tbsp cornstarch mix and diluted


  • Rinse the tilapia and make a slits on each side of the tilapia deep enough to reach the bones.
  • Rub salt all over the fish including the insides. 
  • Heat oil in a wide frying pan. When the oil is hot, put-in the tilapia. Cover the frying pan, but make sure leave some opening so that steam can come out. Fry each side in medium heat for about 6 to 10 minutes.
  • When you don’t hear any oil splattering. This means that the liquid is gone and the fish fried. Remove from the pan and set aside

For making the sauce.

  • Heat 1 tbsp cooking oil in a saucepan. When oil is hot, add garlic, ginger and green onion then saute for 10 seconds.
  • Add ketchup, hot sauce, sugar, salt, ground pepper, sesame oil and 1/2 cup water the stir. Taste and adjust seasoning. Add the cornstarch and water mixture and stir. let simmer for 5 minutes.
  • When sauce is done, arrange the tilapia in a serving plate and pour the sauce. Serve and enjoy! Bon Appetit!