Pan Seared Tilapia

Last week I went on a shopping spree, surprising to stock my fridge and not my wardrobe, priorities do change ti hi hi 🙂

I managed to buy some filleted tilapia. I  simply coated the fish with some condiments then pan fried it. I also made some garlic sauce to go with it.

1 large fish fillet cut diagonally


4 tbsp fish masala

3 tbsp coconut powder

2 tsp of water

Fish fillet, cut diagonally

3 tbsp of vegetable oil for frying


1 tbsp butter

1 clove of garlic finely chopped

3 tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp water

In a shallow plate mix the fish masala and coconut powder.

Add water to make a thick paste.

Coconut and fish masala paste.

Coat both sides of the fish with the paste. It’s advisable to set it aside for around 30 minutes to let the juices sip in. Since I was already late in preparing dinner I skipped that part.

On a hot skillet add some oil. Once heated place the coated fish fillets and let then cook for around 4 minutes on each side or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.

Once cooked, line a plate with some paper towels and then place the fish.

The final product.

For the sauce, melt the butter in a small pan then add the garlic,lemon juice and water. Saute for 2 minutes. The recipe called for some parsley but I was out.

Drizzle over the fish.


Best fish fillet I’ve ever made. The fish masala was such a lovely addition. Very flavourful. The coconut taste was also felt in the background. The sauce added an extra kick to the dish. Hubby enjoyed it to the last bite.

If I could do it all over again:

Make more sauce.


In case you don’t have fish masala, you can combine the spices you already have in your kitchen. Some cumin powder,coriander powder,black pepper would do the trick I also don’t see anything wrong with putting pilau masala 🙂



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