How to cook frozen tilapia fillets

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How to cook frozen tilapia fillets
Learn the keys to cooking frozen tilapia. (Eising/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Tilapia is a mild-tasting white fish, which is why many people who don't ordinarily like fish tend to like tilapia. It can be cooked in a wide variety of ways including baking, frying, grilling and broiling.

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Things you need

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Skillet
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon wedge

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  1. 1

    Defrost the fillet overnight in the refrigerator, leaving it in its original packaging. Or, to quickly thaw the fish, place the wrapped frozen fillets in a bowl. Put the bowl in the sink and turn on the faucet. Allow a stream of cold water to defrost the fish; this should take about 20 to 30 minutes.

  2. 2

    Remove the fish from the packaging and rinse it thoroughly with cold water.

  3. 3

    Season the fillets with salt and pepper.

  4. 4

    Heat a large skillet. Add a tablespoon of olive oil or butter, depending on your preference.

  5. 5

    Cook the fillets on medium-high heat. Turn the fillets over after two to three minutes and cook for another two to three minutes. A fillet thicker than ¾ inches will need to be cooked longer. When cooking frozen tilapia, the fillets are done when they are lightly golden in appearance.

  6. 6

    Garnish with a wedge of lemon. Serve with steamed vegetables and/or couscous.

Tips and warnings

  • For added flavour, try cooking frozen tilapia with chopped garlic and lemon juice added to the olive oil. Before serving, add chopped cilantro.
  • Tilapia can be marinated, but it should be marinated for less than half an hour as the consistency of the fish can change.

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