We are trying to increase our family’s fish intake, and so far we are eating a good deal of Tilapia, a fairly inexpensive and mild tasting white fish. You could use this recipe with any of your favorite fish, however, adjusting the cooking time accordingly. Serve with your favorite green vegetable.

Honey Ginger Tilapia

  • 2 T gluten-free soy sauce
  • 2 T honey
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 T sesame oil
  • 2 T chopped ginger
  • 1 T chopped garlic
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks, drained
  • 6-8 Tilapia fillets

Place the Tilapia fillets in a glass baking dish. Combine the soy sauce through garlic in a bowl and pour over fish. Top fish with pineapple chunks. Set oven to 400 degrees and let fish sit in sauce  until the oven is preheated. Then place the baking dish in oven and cook for about 15 minutes, or until fish is opaque. Serve over coconut rice (recipe follows).

Coconut Rice

  • 1 T butter
  • 2 C long grain white rice
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 ½ C water

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Pour rice into pan and toast in butter for a few minutes until fragrant. Stir in the sugar, salt and cinnamon and combine thoroughly with the toasted rice. Add coconut milk and water and bring everything to a boil. Cover the pan and lower the heat, simmering the rice for 15 to 17 minutes until all of the liquid is absorbed. Turn off the heat and let the rice steam for another 10 minutes or so. Fluff with a fork.


Spicy coconut tilapia

October 15, 2009

This recipe is really not that spicy. Even my kids love to eat it (including the baby). It could be really spicy, though, if you add a little more chili garlic paste.

  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 small can of tomato sauce
  • ½ T chili powder
  • couple dashes of cinnamon
  • dash of nutmeg
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp of chili garlic paste (available in Asian food aisle at the grocery store)
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 8 tilapia fillets (more or less depending on how many people you want to feed)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine coconut milk through lemon juice and zest in a bowl and mix thoroughly to make the sauce. Place the tilapia in a glass baking dish and cover with sauce. Place dish into preheated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You could also simmer tilapia in sauce in a large skillet on the stove until fish is opaque.

Serve with rice and some blanched broccoli florets stir fried in a few shakes of gluten-free soy sauce, olive oil/coconut oil and some chopped garlic.