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Whole Tilapia-What Would You Do?

My local market has whole Tilapia for cheap. Do you cook it? What works for you? I bought one tonight and pan fried it and it was pretty good, but I want to know more and try something different. Let me know if you have any thoughts about this! Thanks.

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  1. I treat them like many whole fish, a little EVOO, lemon juice, S&P, and on th grill til crispy. It'a amaing how much better whole tilapia is tham the flavorless (IMHO) fillets.
    In the winter, I use a trick that Striperguy posted about cooking mackeral. I put a large cast iron skillet uder the broiler, til it gets smokin' hot. Then, i drop the fish, oiled, etc. ontp it, and back under the broiler for another ten minutes or so...You can use any kind of dippingsauce you like...

    1. Whole en papillote or steamed and topped with molten toasted sesame oil and soy sauce, chives, garlic, and ginger.

      Steaks in Asian or Mexican style soups; or deep fried (the only thing I deep fry).

      Fillets poached in teriyaki.

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      1. re: Sam Fujisaka

        Don't you think it's too fatty(whole) to be steamed en papillote? Just curious...
        I'm always surprised at the pockets of omega 3's hidden in the cracks and crevices...

        1. re: galleygirl

          I don't think so - curious as to why the fattiness would be an issue en papillote? Thanks!

            1. re: Sam Fujisaka

              Okay, just wondering...I'll try it...
              MMR, I just thought the fat might kind sit there in a bad way en papillote...It sounds like I thoght wrong!

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                Sam, That is a great idea. I would stuff the cavity with lemon, dill, fennel bulb and maybe garlic or shallot. Season w/ salt, pepper and maybe white wine or sherry.

          1. I have 3 whole tilapia fish that I bought at sam's club. I intend to stuff it with slices of red onion and baste them with hoisin sauce. Garnish with lemon slices

            1. Deep fry if you've got the setup; otherwise, pan fry.

              1. Finely dice half an onion and half a green pepper per fish. Mix with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, the juice of half a lemon, and some red pepper flakes. Rub the mixture inside and outside of the fish, and broil.