Chinese five-spice powder, soy sauce and brown sugar make a quick glaze for tilapia. You'll need a skillet that is 12 inches or larger to accommodate the pound of tilapia fillets--if you don't have one large enough, use 2 smaller skillets instead or cook them in two separate batches, using more oil as necessary. Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Sprinkle both sides of tilapia fillets with five-spice powder. Combine soy sauce and brown sugar in a small bowl.

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  • Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tilapia and cook until the outer edges are opaque, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, turn the fish over, stir the soy mixture and pour into the pan. Bring the sauce to a boil and cook until the fish is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly, about 2 minutes more. Add scallions and remove from the heat. Serve the fish drizzled with the pan sauce.

Tips

Tip: Five-spice powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel seed, star anise and Szechuan peppercorns. Look for it in the spice section at the market or with other Asian ingredients.

People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

180 calories; 5.6 g total fat; 0.9 g saturated fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 596 mg sodium. 411 mg potassium; 9.4 g carbohydrates; 0.4 g fiber; 7 g sugar; 23.9 g protein; 112 IU vitamin a iu; 2 mg vitamin c; 34 mcg folate; 33 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 39 mg magnesium; 9 g added sugar;

Reviews (32)

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32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 21
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2017
Huge fan of the spice on the fish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/22/2017
Simple and simply delicious!!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2015
Glaze has a wonderfully balanced spicy/salty/sweet flavor that gives a new twist (for us) to tilapia. Seemed to pair well with a savory cauliflower mash first time around but will experiment with other vegetable complements in the future. Placed fish under broiler instead of into skillet to simplify preparation and clean-up. Excellent. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/29/2014
Easy to make knockout taste. Man this was delicious and remarkably easy and quick for a weeknight healthy meal. I couldn't find prepared Five Spice powder in my local store so; actually ground up my own using equal parts of all the ingredients and sifted through a sieve. Grilled up some asparagus in the same pan as the fish and served with some brown rice and a sauvignon blanc. Absolutely terrific. Definitely going into regular rotation! Pros: Delicious healthy fast Cons: Finding Five Spice! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2013
EXCELLENT! Let me be clear. I don't like fish. Never have and thought that I never will. My husband likes everything and was getting sick of chicken beef and pork. I tried this recipe and I can now say I'll eat fish and enjoy it! The flavor is strong but not overbearing and absolutely awesome. I made it the first time with Tilapia and the most recent time with Mahi Mahi. We loved it both times but I think I liked the Mahi better. The filets were thicker and more uniform throughout so the ends weren't overcooked. Served it over white rice with seasoned broccoli on the side. Good stuff!:) Pros: Healthy Quick Easy Inexpensive Cons: Can't think of any! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
05/01/2013
Overwhelming taste of cloves. My hubby eats anything and of course ate this or shall I say choked it down. I'm so happy so many others enjoyed it but we didn't... at all.:( Pros: Healthy Cons: Terrible tasting.... literally made me nauseous Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2013
It's grrrrrrreat! This sweet and savory fish is easy to make and in the two times I've made it all that I've had to go out and buy were the chinese five spice and the tilapia! Great for weeknights and any night! Pros: Delicious easy to make very fast most ingredients are just lying around the house... Cons: Would help to put in more vegetables but that you can do yourself. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/27/2012
Great Recipe I have now made this recipe several times. Kids (3 & 6) and husband (not a big fish eater) both enjoy this tasty recipe. You really need a big pan as the recipe calls for! Would highly recommend! Pros: easy recipe great flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2012
This recipe is totally tasty!! My husband who is not fond of fish raved about how delicious it is!! I mixed the spices in equal amounts in a tsp and it came out wonderful!! Opal Cons: Combined spices not usually at hand. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
11/12/2012
I totally love this recipe. My husband raved about how delicious it was! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/17/2012
Fantastic recipe! First time I've made Tilapia that tasted this good. Thanks! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/06/2012
Unless Gluten Free Soy Sauce is substituted this recipe IS NOT Gluten Free as the Nutritional Profile says it is. Should we be wondering about the other recipes being labeled correctly as well? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/04/2012
Big hit with grand daughters (5 9) I've now made this twice and the 2nd time I added a teaspoon of ground ginger (from the market) to the soy sauce/sugar and 2 T water. I then undercooked the fish added the mixture and raised temperature to high to reduce the broth to a glaze and finish cooking the fish. It was heavenly and will be made again and again. Pros: Quick and easy Read More
Rating: 4 stars
05/23/2012
fast and flavorful! tried this for dinner last night and it didn't disappoint! My daughter who said mom you know i dont like fish even ate the whole piece! The five spice & sauce was very flavorful and the recipe was fast and easy! We will definately have this again! Pros: easy flavorful sauce whole family loved it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/01/2011
So Tasty and Quick This was so easy to make and turned out so tasty. I will definitely make this again. Very flavorful recipe. Pros: Very Easy to Make Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2011
Easy and tasty I cooked this on a Saturday night and had it on the table in 20 minutes with rice and broccolini. I read reviews and listened to the advice of others. I seasoned with the five spice liberally and used low sodium soy sauce. It was great. My S.O. enjoyed it as well but probably not as much as me. I'm changing this to a weeknight rotation and it works well with broccolini/broccoli rabe Pros: Easy Quick Cons: Need to be comfortable with adapting Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was SO good! The five-spice and the glaze complement each other really well. I made it for supper tonight with the roasted corn and shitakes also from this issue. My husband has been talking about it all evening. Even my 4-year-old and 1-year-old aet it up. And it was incredibly quick and simple. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
This was good but I think it could be a little sweeter so I am going to add a little more brown sugar next time. Oh and I just loved the smell of the five-spice as the fish cooked. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this dish several times already and have decided it'll be part of my regular go-to arsenal of quick easy delicious healthy dinner options. Served it to visiting family this week and they want the recipe too! Five Stars for Five Spice Tilapia. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I've made this dish several times already and have decided it'll be part of my regular go-to arsenal of quick easy delicious healthy dinner options. Served it to visiting family this week and they want the recipe too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
One of your most successful recipes--a real winner! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Good recipe! Used regular soy sauce which was a little salty so be sure to used the reduced sodium verson. Yum! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Great recipe! Easy and tasty. We have made it numerous times already and through in onions to saute at the end with the sauce. Love it. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Even though I couldn't find Asian 5 spice (I only looked in 2 stores though) this recipe was awesome. I used Allspice instead as a last minute substitution (although I'm not sure they are even similar) but it still tasted awesome. The soy sauce/brown sugar mixture was great and we poured the extra on some vegetables we had stir fried. I can't wait to actually get the correct seasoning and try it again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Soooo easy and soooo good! I didn't have any 5-spice but I used allspice as someone else said they did along with some cinnamon and northwoods seasoning. I don't think this is anywhere near what the 5-spice tastes like but it complimented the sauce really well. I made the recipe only for one so I had a lot of room in the pan so I added some leftover steamed peas and carrots I had from last night which went great with the sauce as well. I'll definitely make this next time I have tilapia on hand! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Good Quick recipe to fix. I used to much Chinese 5 Spice but it was still good. I will try it again with less of the spice or none of it at all. Thank You for sharing it. Pros: Easy Cons: Too Much 5 Spice Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
A nice change of pace from my usual fish entrees! My family enjoyed this fish dish! It was a nice change from the regular fish recipes in my rotation. And I was happy to put the Five Spice powder in my pantry to good use! I seem to forget it's there sometimes which is a shame because it's absolutely divine! I doubled the recipe and used Splenda brown sugar blend (but only about 2.5 Tbsp) instead of the regular brown sugar. I left the scallion garnish off too as I'm not that fond of them. I wouldn't want to eat this every night because of the sugar but it's definitely good enough to make again. Pros: Fast and easy to prepare. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
10/29/2011
Soy sauce overpowering This dish didn't work for me because the taste of soy sauce/brown sugar mixture was too strong. Couldn't taste the fish..or even the five spice powder. Pros: This dish was very easy to prepare and the fish was perfectly cooked. Cons: The soy sauce mixture did not thicken and the taste overpowered the fish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This was extremely tasty. I loved it. I didn't have any five spice pwoder so i concocted my own spice rub using cinnnamon cloves cumin and coriander. It was very tasty. I will purchase five spice for the next time I make this. Pros: Easy to make. took very little effort. Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Easy and delish I was so surprised by how flavorful this recipe is and how easy and quick it is to prepare. The fish was a combo of sweet and savory. I'll definitely make this again. Pros: fast few ingredients necessary Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Busy Moms and Dads Take Note! This is a very easy recipe to make and it is easy on the budget. I will recommend this to everyone because it is delicious inexpensive and easy! Pros: Cheep Easy and Fast to make Cons: NONE:) Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Five-Spice Tilapia This was good but I felt the sauce overpowered the fish completely. Tilapia has a delicate flavor better suited to a lighter sauce of butter and a touch of garlic lemon s & p. I have used a similar sauce (using honey not brown sugar) on salmon and tuna; it seemed better suited to these types of fillets. Great recipe for someone who doesn't like the taste of fish. Pros: quick easy Cons: sauce overpowers fish Read More