Paleo Tilapia Recipes

Last Updated on May 6, 2021 by Ellen Christian

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Looking for Paleo tilapia recipes? Try my Dijon Herb Tilapia and find out why it’s one of my favorite healthy ways to cook fish at home.

If you enjoy basil pesto, you may want to try this Paleo fish recipe. It’s another one of my favorite recipes for busy nights.

Or, you may want to make a Paleo seafood soup. We enjoy this with a big garden salad for either lunch or a light dinner.

Looking for Paleo tilapia recipes? Try my Dijon Herb Tilapia and find out why it's one of my favorite healthy ways to cook fish at home.

Paleo Tilapia Recipes

When it comes to fish, I’ll admit to not being a big fan of most types. The one fish that I really enjoy is tilapia. It has a mild flavor and it’s relatively easy to cook.

So, is tilapia Paleo-friendly? It definitely is. It has a low-fat content and is high in protein. This makes it a wonderful addition to any Paleo diet. But, keep in mind that this type of fish is not high in Omega-3s like some other types,

This recipe was originally shared in 2013 and has been updated with more information and better photos.

Is tilapia farmed?

Most of the tilapia you find in the stores is farmed. It’s an easy fish to farm because it doesn’t mind crowded conditions. If you want wild tilapia, it is found off the coast of Africa.

If you opt for farmed tilapia, keep in mind that any farmed fish is higher in toxins than wild-caught. So, if you can, use wild-caught tilapia in your Paleo tilapia recipes.

Looking for Paleo tilapia recipes? Try my Dijon Herb Tilapia and find out why it's one of my favorite healthy ways to cook fish at home.

Best way to prepare Paleo tilapia

There are lots of different ways that you can serve tilapia and enjoy it if you’re following the Paleo diet.  For me, baking fish is the easiest way to prepare it.

If you want baked tilapia recipes, this Coconut Crusted Tilapia looks like a delicious grain-free option. I love that she used finely shredded coconut in the recipe.

If you’d prefer to grill your tilapia, you can certainly do that as well. This Simple Grilled Tilapia would be suitable for the Paleo diet if you substitute coconut aminos for the soy sauce.

Or, this Fish Coconut Stew would make a hearty soup for dinner. I love that it includes fresh coconut in the stew.

Or, you can make Grilled Tilapia with Tomatoes and Olives.  I have a Paleo Tomato Relish that I often serve with my Paleo tilapia recipes.

two white plates with white fish on it with baby spinach on the side

What to serve with tilapia

  • If you like having starch with your meal, sweet potato would be a paleo-friendly option.
  • A fresh garden salad is an easy summer side dish when you serve fish.
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • If you have family that is not Paleo eating with you, you can always serve this with tartar sauce.
  • Add a slice of lemon or lime to the plate when you serve it.

tilapia on a plate with bowls of ingredients

Tools / equipment to make this recipe

So, when you make Paleo fish recipes, you will need:

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Broiler

step by step photos to make this recipe

How do you store leftovers?

Wrap the cooked tilapia tightly with aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. Cooked tilapia will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.  

If you have fresh tilapia, you can store it uncooked in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. I generally plan to cook my tilapia the day after I purchase it so it’s at its freshest.

If you want to store it longer than a few days, you can freeze tilapia wrapped tightly in aluminum foil. It will stay good in the freezer for two to three months.

To thaw frozen tilapia, place it on a dish in the refrigerator overnight. Never thaw fish at room temperature. 

Yield: 2

Paleo Tilapia Recipe with Dijon Sauce

Looking for Paleo tilapia recipes? Try my Dijon Herb Tilapia and find out why it's one of my favorite healthy ways to cook fish at home.

Looking for Paleo tilapia recipes? Try my Dijon Herb Tilapia and find out why it's one of my favorite healthy ways to cook fish at home.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1/4 cup paleo bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp plain coconut yogurt
  • 2 tsp dill
  • 1 1/2 tsp almond or coconut milk
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 450F
    2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the fish on the pan
    3. Sprinkle the fish with salt and pepper
    4. Bake for about 8-10 minutes or until fish is done
    5. Set oven to broiler
    6. In a small bowl combine bread crumbs, parsley, oil, thyme, and Dijon
    7. Spoon bread crumb mixture over the fish
    8. Broil for 1-2 minutes, until topping is browned
    9. Meanwhile, mix the yogurt, dill, milk, and vinegar together
    10. Serve fish with yogurt mixture on top or on the side

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 586Total Fat: 38gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 444mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 50g

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  1. I followed Paleo for a while.  After instructions from my doctor to INCLUDE carbs (including whole grains which are forbidden in the Paleo lifestyle), I still find myself making Paleo recipes as a base and then slightly modifying them after the fact if necessary for my teenager and myself.  Overall, I've altered my lifestyle so that I find myself in the produce section and meat section, primarily - mirroring Paleo.  I still visit the dairy and grains section, but stray away from processed/boxed dinners, frozen dinners, etc.  There has not been one WHOLLY Paleo recipe that my son has not liked.  I feel better and I love the variety that I've been introduced to from Paleo, especially on the vegetable side.  I bought fresh Artichokes the other day and I'm PROUD!! Granted, I'll be making them with gnocchi, I still feel as though I'm making healthier choices.
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