Tilapia is one of the most favored fish in Brazilian cuisine. Actually, compared to other fish, tilapia is the bestselling in restaurants.

If you have not yet tasted the delicious dishes prepared with tilapia, don’t waste any more time. Today, we will help you understand more about the culinary use of these fish in this country. And we are going to give you tips for some easy delicious and recipes for this delicacy. Check below for this and much more!

Tilapia in Brazil

The data from 2015 shows that 219 tons of tilapia were sold in Brazil in that year, which goes to show the large amount of consumption of this fish in the country.

A report from the same time period shows that there was a 220% increase in the purchase and consumption of tilapia in the country. This data shows information that dates back 10 years. Taking into account the large increases in the past years, we can consider this one of the highest in the food business.

From these numbers, it’s evident that tilapia has been used in many typical Brazilian dishes. This is a trend that has been consistent since 2005, when the growth in consumption picked up. From that time on, the best local restaurants have increased the amount of tilapia offered in their menus.

Now that you are aware of the growth of tilapia consumption in the country, let’s talk about its versatility. Check below!

Popular recipes

The Brazilian recipes including tilapia have become more common and sought after, regardless of the season.

One of the advantages is the variety of side dishes that can accompany it. It can be served with rice and beans, a typical Brazilian staple, or in Japanese restaurant dishes. This can help you understand how tilapia can be used in a variety of dishes.

We will leave aside more complex dishes, that can only be prepared at fancy restaurants. To help you familiarize yourself with this fish, we’ve picked two easy and typical Brazilian recipes.

Grilled tilapia fillet


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Juice from half a lime
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chopped rosemary to taste


  1. Season the fish fillets with chopped garlic, lime juice, butter, rosemary, salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Massage the fillets and let it rest for 30 minutes.
  3. After this, drain any liquid left.
  4. Heat up the non-sticking frying pan and melt ½ table spoon of butter on it.
  5. Place one of the fish fillets on it.
  6. Wait until it loosens from the bottom and turn it to grill the other side.
  7. On a barbecue grill, use the same process.
  8. If you wish, the fish can also be done in an Air Fryer. It takes 10 minutes to do each side.

roasted tilapia fillet


  • 1 kg of tilapia fillet
  • Juice from ½ lime
  • 4 sliced tomatoes
  • 4 sliced onions
  • ½ cup of chopped black olives
  • ½ kg of cooked potatoes
  • 1 table spoon of butter
  • ½ cup of milk cream
  • 300g of grated mozzarella
  • Olive oil
  • Salt


  1. Season the fillet with lime and salt.
  2. In an ovenproof dish, place a layer of onion and one of tomato, lay the fillets on top.
  3. Cover with another layer of onion and tomato spreading some olives on top and dip some olive oil over it.
  4. Bake in the oven, on high, for 15 minutes.
  5. Set it aside.
  6. Mash the potatoes in another container.
  7. In a pan, melt the butter, place the potatoes and the light cream.
  8. Next, place the mashed potatoes on top of the fillets, adding the mozzarella.
  9. Place in the oven for another 5 minutes.