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Easy Oven Grilled Tilapia

Easy Oven Grilled Tilapia – Looking for a wonderfully delicious main dish that is inexpensive, light and healthy? This easy Oven Grilled Tilapia is one to look out for. The seasonings used in this recipe comes together so well to create a luscious and bursting flavor.

grilled tilapia

 Oven Grilled Tilapia

Tilapia Fish has a wide appeal because of its mild taste. This makes it easy for any seasoning added to it to shine through. This recipe is so simple but satisfyingly delicious. It is very easy to whip up and you can have it on a bed of salad, white Rice, Stewed Spinach, Yam, Plantain, or any meal that you deem fit.

grilled tilapia

Why I love this grilled Tilapia Fish

  • It’s lean
  • Requires little prep work before baking
  • It’s a good source of protein and omega-3 acids,
  • It’s low in calories
  • Most of all it’s very inexpensive.

Tilapia Fish is a very popular Delicacy in West Africa. According to history and till date, Artisanal fishing in West Africa has been of major importance not for local consumption but also for jobs in order to make an extra source of income and livelihood. Because of the abundance of Tilapia Fish in Africa, we have derived so many ways of preparing this Fish and this varies from including frying, steaming, stir-frying, drying, and even more, but grilling is a healthy and time-efficient way to prepare Tilapia.

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I have used the African Nutmeg in this recipe, I’d rather you skip it if you don’t have it than use the regular Nutmeg. This is because the taste of the regular Nutmeg is different from the African Nutmeg. You don’t have to worry, your grilled Fish will still turn out DEELIICIOOUS!

Want another fish recipe? Check 3 Ways to Make Salmon Bites with Dripping Sauce or this comprehensive list of Fish Recipes Everyone will love; you will enjoy them!


grilled tilapia

grilled tilapia

Easy Oven Grilled Tilapia

Easy Oven Grilled Tilapia: Tilapia can be cooked in various ways including frying, steaming, stir-frying and even more but grilling is a healthy and time efficient way to prepare Tilapia.
4.85 from 20 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: African, American, Global
Keyword: homemade
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 53kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 1 Tilapia Fish large
  • 1/2 Tsp Curry powder
  • 2 Sprigs of fresh Thyme
  • 2 seasoning cubes
  • 1 Scotch Bonnet
  • 1 Onion Small
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 1/2 Inch Ginger Root
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • Salt to Taste
  • 1 African Nutmeg


  • Remove the dirt from the fish and wash it with salt and water or lime and water and pat it dry with a paper towel then set it aside.
  • To make the Marinade, combine all the ingredients together in a blender and blend till it becomes a smooth paste. Pour it inside a bowl and set it aside.
  • Make about 3 deep cut or more on the fish depending on how big your fish is, then begin to brush the marinade over the fish, make sure you reach every corner baste every corner of the fish with the marinade including the deep cut.
  • Cover up the fish and place it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes or overnight. This will allow the Marinade to penetrate deep inside the Fish.
  • Remove the Fish from the Fridge, uncover the foil paper then rub it again with some Marinade and place it in a 350°F preheated Oven for the first 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, flip it to the other side and rub it with some marinade again. Then leave it to cook for another 10 minutes.
  • When the 10 minutes is complete, flip it to the first side again and rub it with the remaining marinade. Then leave it in the Oven for another 5 to 10 minutes depending on how brown you want the Fish to be.


  • I used Habanero pepper in this recipe but you can substitute with 2 tsp of Cayenne/Red Pepper Flakes (or use to Taste)
  • The African Nutmeg can be substituted with the regular nutmeg but in this case you will need to use about 1/2 Tsp of grated Nutmeg.


Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 24IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg


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Recipe Rating


Monday 24th of May 2021

Lovely recipe. Perfect and easy to follow. Delicious.

Lola Osinkolu

Friday 28th of May 2021

Thank you Yinkasma. That’s so good to hear. 😊😊😊😊😊😊


Sunday 6th of September 2020

I used your instructions yesterday, and it came out perfect. Thank God! Fortunately, my oven has a double heat source above and below so I only touched the fiah when it was done. It took 50mins. That it of information was missing in your guide as to how to handle the fish if you have a double heat source. Good job there.


Tuesday 18th of August 2020

My partner is Nigerian and surprised him with this for lunch earlier. I'm sooo happy he loved it. It's my first time making this and recipe (even without watching the video) is very easy to follow. And as someone who's not too fond of spice, I loved it as well! Definitely a far cry from what I'm used to - just fried tilapia.


Friday 24th of July 2020

Hi! Lola can you kindly show me what an african nutmeg looks like? Thanks


Friday 24th of July 2020

Hi! Lola can you kindly show me what an african nutmeg looks like? Thanks