Tilapya or  Yello Leather Jacket (english) - is a kind of fish that leaves in tropical water and salt water.

Inihaw(Grilled) na tilapya (tilapia) is one of the common fish that serves in some filipino occasions. They also serve this as a "pulutan" with a "kalamansi" on the side, some serve this with grilled eggplant (best match). I also suggest them to eat by your hands, hmmm, believe me its the best hehehehe. And don't forget to eat some parts of the head of the tilapia, according to my mother... hehehehe

Serves/Makes: 2 - 3  
  • 1 fresh whole tilapia, trimmed and cleaned (gutted and scaled)
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomatoes
  • Salt or fish sauce and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Banana leaves or foil for wrapping tilapia
  • Cut some slits into the flesh of the tilapia, down to the bone. You can do this several ways: parallel to the backbone, or perpendicular (make it several slashes then), or use crosscuts.
  • Mix garlic, ginger if using, onions, tomatoes, salt or fish sauce and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Press down on tomatoes a bit with a fork to bring out the juices.
  • Carefully this mixture into tilapia cavity and into each cut/slash you’ve made.
  • Wrap the whole tilapia in banana leaves or foil and cook on the grill for about 20 minutes or just until cooked through and fish is fragrant.
  • If using the oven preheat to 400°F and bake, wrapped in leaves or foil, on a baking sheet, for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve hot!



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