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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2010

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Recipe Summary

total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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; protein 23.9g 48% DV; carbohydrates 9.4g 3% DV; dietary fiber 0.4g 2% DV; sugars 6.9g; fat 5.6g 9% DV; saturated fat 0.9g 5% DV; cholesterol 56.7mg 19% DV; vitamin a iu 112.2IU 2% DV; vitamin c 2.1mg 4% DV; folate 34.5mcg 9% DV; calcium 33.4mg 3% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 38.9mg 14% DV; potassium 411.4mg 12% DV; sodium 596mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 6% DV; added sugar 9g.
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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: 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
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: 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
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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: 4 stars
11/12/2012
I totally love this recipe. My husband raved about how delicious it was! 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
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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
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: 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
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