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Baked tilapia with oyster sauce

Recipe for Baked tilapia with oyster sauce

I love tilapia. It has a mild, sweet flavor that’s incredibly versatile. I get a little giddy when I find fresh tilapia for sale at the local fish market. Fresh, whole tilapia has a delightfully chewy, flaky texture. The bones can make it a challenge to eat. Go slow, chew slowly, and relish in its flavors.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 to 50 minutes

Servings: 3 to 4


1 fresh whole tilapia (~ 1.5 pounds)

6 cloves garlic

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 bunch scallion

⅓ cup light soy sauce

2 tablespoons oyster sauce

1 tablespoon brown sugar

¼ teaspoon salt

1 bunch cilantro

6 slices ginger


  1. Clean, de-scale, gut fish. Season with salt. Stuff the inside of the fish with 3 slices ginger, 2 cloves garlic, 1 bunch scallion.

  2. Preheat the oven 400 F degrees. Bake fish in a roasting pan uncovered at 400 F degrees for 40 minutes.

  3. Prepare the sauce: In a small saucepan, under low to medium heat, heat oil with crushed garlic, ginger, scallion for 5 minutes or until aromatic. Add oyster sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar to oil. Cover pan with lid and heat under low heat for 3-5 minutes. Add chopped scallion. Set aside.

  4. Ensure fish is done cooking when the internal temperature at the thickest section is 145 F degrees.

  5. Transfer fish to a deep serving dish. Pour sauce over fish. Garnish with chopped cilantro.


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