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Spicy Citrus Tilapia

Spicy Citrus Tilapia with Asian Noodles

Roll that drum -- because I hereby present you with my recipe for a fresh-as-springtime Spicy Citrus Tilapia! It’s tangy and spicy and the perfect dish for a warm evening. Serve it with fluffy rice, angel hair pasta, or your favorite steamed veggies, with a nice glass of chilled white wine. To a fish lover, that is Heaven On Earth.

Spicy Citrus Tilapia is cooked to perfection and served over a bed of onions for maximum flavor. Make this fish any night of the week and everyone will love it.

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  • 6Servings


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 tilapia filets, about 1 ½ pounds, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 oranges, zested and segmented
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon chives, chopped


1. Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. 

2. Add tilapia and cook 4 to 6 minutes or until golden brown. 

3. Turn fish and add onion. Cook 6 minutes more or until fish is cooked through and onions are translucent.

4.  Add orange zest and segments, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. 

5. Garnish with chives for serving.