Tilapia Broiled Egyptian Style Recipe

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We adopted this recipe from our Egyptian babysitter in San Francisco named Hoda. We came to her house once to pick up our son and were greeted by the most amazing smell! She invited us to take a bite of the tilapia she had cooked. We were smitten. It was the first broiled, then soaked, recipe we had tasted, and it is still one of our favorite recipes. It's best with whole tilapia (the skin adds a great flavor) but we've gravitated towards fillets given concern about our kids swallowing bones.

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Servings: 6


Cost per serving $2.17 view details


  1. Broil the tilapia fillets on high broil for 3 minutes per side (7 minutes per side for whole tilapia)
  2. While tilapia is broiling put water in a large bowl (sufficient to hold the tilapia) and add salt, cumin, lime juice and pepper. Taste and add additional spices to taste.
  3. Take hot tilapia from oven and immediately put it into the bowl. It should be fully submerged under the liquid. If not, find a different shaped dish or add additional water and spices to compensate.
  4. Let sit for 10-15 minutes and serve with white or brown rice. Make sure to scoop plenty of the flavorful liquid over both the fish and the rice.
  5. We normally serve this with a green vegetable. Broccoli is good because the head can be used to sop up the extra liquid. Yum!
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 351g
Recipe makes 6 servings
Calories 195  
Calories from Fat 33 17%
Total Fat 3.69g 5%
Saturated Fat 1.49g 6%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 883mg 37%
Potassium 637mg 18%
Total Carbs 2.92g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 1%
Sugars 0.39g 0%
Protein 38.45g 62%



  • Nancy Miyasaki
    March 4, 2009
    This recipe is outstanding when you use a whole Tilapia. Recently I've begun to make it with Tilapia fillets, and while it is still good this way, it does not compare to when you cook it with the skin on. The skin really absorbs the cumin and lime flavors, and imparts more fat and flavor to the dish.
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    • January 23, 2012
      I cooked this recipe in reverse by 1st soaking the tilapia. I also added some white wine to the water mixture that set overnight, and then I broiled it. Mamamia!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      This is a variation
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      • John Spottiswood
        January 24, 2012
        Nice creative variation, Elaine! Thanks for sharing and reviewing.


      • Kimi
        February 26, 2009
        That sounds really good, I'll give it a try. :)

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