Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe

Sweet and sour is a combination that originally came from Asia. Several Asian food (mostly of Chinese origin) adopted this blend. Based on articles, the Chinese (particularly the Cantonese) were the one’s who originally came up with the thought of mixing these two different flavors. This Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe is a ood example of this.

Generally, sweet and sour fish can be prepared using fish fillet or whole fish. Traditionally though, whole fish such as grouper (lapu-lapu) is commonly used. I tried using tilapia to make Sweet and Sour Fish because tilapia is a common fish easily available in almost all locations. It is also reasonably priced, which means it is budget friendly.

Sweet and Sour Fish

I enjoy eating Sweet and Sour fish because I love the flavor. This manner of preparation reduces the fishy smell and taste of the fish making it more enjoyable to the palate. It also goes well with rice whether fried or steamed.

Try this Sweet and Sour Tilapia recipe and let me know what you think.


Sweet and Sour Tilapia Recipe
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 3
  • Serving size: 3
    Prep time: 
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    • 1 whole Tilapia
    • 1 tbsp garlic
    • 1/2 cup vinegar
    • 1 cup bell pepper (red and green)
    • 1 cup cooking oil
    • 1 medium sized onion,chopped
    • 1 thumbs ginger, cut into strips
    • 2 cups water
    • 3 tbsp tomato paste
    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • 1 small carrot, cut into strips
    1. Place the cooking oil in the pan and apply heat.
    2. When the oil is hot enough, put the fish in the pan.
    3. When the immersed side of the fish is brown and crispy, flip the fish to let the other side cook.
    4. Once the fish is fully cooked, remove from pan and set aside.
    5. In a clean pan, saute the garlic, onion, carrots, ginger, and bell pepper (red and green)
    6. Add 2 cups of water and simmer for 5 mins
    7. Put-in the tomato paste, sugar, and vinegar then mix thoroughly
    8. Add-in the cornstarch to thicken the sauce (make sure to dilute the cornstarch in 1/2 cup water before adding it in)
    9. Pour the sauce on top of the Tilapia.
    10. Serve hot. Share and Enjoy!


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    1. Yes.

    2. Aaronn310 says:

      what I did was dredge the fish in flour-egg-bread crumbs to add more crisp, then add real tomatoes and a couple of green beans(same cut as the other veggies). The texture is quite nice and made the dish a lil better.

    3. this made our night! It’s my second time to cook Sweet and sour and I made it right this time! So sad that I was not able to take a picture of it. Kinda’ tired of preparing. but thanks anyways for sharing.. =)

    4. Thank you for this another recipe..I have learned lots of recipes and tips from you..By the way,can i use tomato sauce instead of tomato paste?..Thank you again and more power!..

    5. this is perfect for the lenten season.. for those who are to lazy to make the sweet and sour sauce.. i just usually buy a bottle of premade and take it from there.. put a bit more vinegar and sugar..

    6. margie says:

      thanx a lot po for the recipes i received,they’re very useful and really easy to cook.. low on budget pa… again,thank you and more power to panlasang pinoy..!!

    7. thanks again.for tonights recipe. hahaha

    8. josette says:

      i’ve always loved cooking, your recipes helped me a lot. more power to panlasang pinoy and to you of Course!

    9. Lillet says:

      I tried this 2 weeks ago and it was a hit!!! it was o so yum-o!!! thanks!

    10. Charleze says:

      Hi! I just wanted to thank you for sharing this recipe.. My husband really really loved it! More power to you and God bless! =)

    11. Michelle says:

      pwde ba ipalit ang tomato sauce sa tomato paste?

    12. i usually add pineapple…

    13. thanks for sharing your recipes! keep it up! =)

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