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Sweet & Spicy Tilapia Recipe

by FarmgirlGourmet

Sweet & Spicy Tilapia is an easy weeknight addition that you will gladly add to your rotation. It’s quick to prepare and takes any kind of white fish to new heights.

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Sweet & Spicy Tilapia

Yield 4 servings


  • 4 6oz Tilapia Loins
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon local honey
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • cooking spray


  1. Lightly spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange tilapia loins in a single layer and set aside. Combine orange juice, lime juice, honey, olive oil, garlic, soy sauce, salt, cumin, pepper and red pepper flakes in a small bowl. Pour over tilapia and let rest 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat broiler.
  3. Pour the marinade into a small bowl and set aside. Place baking dish with tilapia under the broiler and cook for 5 minutes per side, or until fish flakes and is done to your liking. Remove and drizzle the marinade over the fish and serve immediately.

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Carmen December 17, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Oh, I made this recipe this evening, along with spaghetti carbonara. The sauce for this fish was awesome! The only thing I had to change was because I had no oranges, but I had a lime. I thought orange with lime has a similar taste to grapefruit, so I used a whole grapefruit juice, and tried with lime but then it was too sour, so i just used the grapefruit instead of orange and lime. It was also delicious! I loved and we ate all the fish. Thanks for this great recipe! I will make it again but with orange next time, going ahead to the supermarket 🙂

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Kristine April 18, 2014 - 7:33 am

Do i pour marinade on fish and then broil? Or do I broil first and then pour marinade?

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samia June 16, 2013 - 7:30 pm

Not to be picky but I think the directions may need to be modified. For the fish to be marinaded while the broiler preheats and then to reserve for a drizzle after it’s been bathed in uncooked fish. I understand there’s the juice of oranges and limes which is acidic but some bacteria can still survive. I would probably just use half as marinade and half for the drizzle

nini February 24, 2014 - 12:45 pm

U r correct n its not being picky 🙂 I would never use contaminated raw marinades w cooked foods, but I did make it not using any left over marinades came out awesome! But the posted recipe needs some re wording or tweaking for food safety reasons

Mary April 23, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Made this today and it rocked!! I’m not a fan of fish but I couldn’t get over the sweet and spicy combo and knew I had to try this. Thanks for posting it…Saving this recipe – check!

FarmgirlGourmet April 23, 2013 - 10:22 pm

That’s awesome Mary!! So glad you enjoy it. The marinade would be great on Shrimp too! You have me craving it! Thanks for letting me know it worked out. Love hearing that! ~Heather

lindsay April 22, 2013 - 1:16 am

Sooo delicious…I’ve been trying to find a recipe to make me like fish for months and this one did it…I hate most fish but looove this!

Aggie April 11, 2013 - 7:32 am

Loving this easy fish dish. I get stuck making our fish the same way over and over, this one sounds delicious!

Nutmeg Nanny April 4, 2013 - 1:17 pm

I really need to learn to love fish. It look just delicious!

Jen April 2, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Really love tilapia at the moment and it’s great to come across different dishes with it in. Fab prize too!

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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles April 1, 2013 - 7:19 pm

I have never cooked tilapia myself, I think I need to try this!!

Donna Currie April 1, 2013 - 7:01 pm

I like tilapia, and rice is a perfect side for it, right? Next time maybe I’ll spice it up a little more.

Ali | Gimme Some Oven April 1, 2013 - 3:43 pm

This sounds wonderful! Spicy tilapia is one of my go-to favorite meals. Would love to try this SWEET and spicy version sometime soon!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 1, 2013 - 2:50 pm

This looks SO GOOD!!!

Sharry M. April 1, 2013 - 2:41 pm

I hope this doesn’t sound silly…but I’m just confused on something. You make and pour the marinade over the fish and let rest, Then you are supposed to drain the marinade, reserve it and use it on the fish after they are cooked….you don’t have to heat the marinade after its been soaking with the raw fish?

Susan Madigan Mchugh April 1, 2013 - 12:02 pm

this dish looks fab…great prize too 🙂

Eileen April 1, 2013 - 11:44 am

That tilapia looks just lovely! So juicy and savory. That’s a pretty amazing giveaway–good luck to all the entrants! 🙂

Michele April 1, 2013 - 9:38 am

Trying this fish, love the citrus and honey

karen bates April 1, 2013 - 6:35 am

I eat Tilapia all the time, I like this recipe, something a bit different…thanks, kiddo. Want to walk this week?

Milisa Armstrong April 1, 2013 - 5:19 am

Love this fish, I can’t wait to try it and I am so stoked to give away this camera!

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