Hundreds of species of cichlid fish belonging to the tilapiine cichlid tribe are called Tilapia in layman’s language and are used in Tilapia Recipes. Tilapia is a word derived from the word thiape, which means fish in Tswana. Tswana is a language from the Niger-Congo language family. It is also called Hawaiian sunfish or St. Peter’s fish. Tilapia is generally found in freshwater, however populations can also survive in brackish environments. This fish has been fished and farmed by man for thousands of years specially in the African, Levant and ancient Egyptian region. This fish, with a delicate and sweet flavor have been an integral part of all these cuisines. Tilapia is a fast growing fish which generally has a vegetarian diet and a short life span.
Tilapia are free of toxins and pollutants due to its vegetarian diet. It secures the third position in fish farming today. Major Tilapia producing countries include countries in Asia and Latin America such as Philippines, Indonesia, China, Thailand and Taiwan. It occupies the fifth place in the list of most popular seafood in America and the recipes are becoming popular all over the world. Four major species which are used in Tilapia Recipes are Nile, Red and Mozambique Tilapia and their hybrids. Tilapia Recipes have been around for several years and have been passed down from one generation to another. It is easily available in most parts of the world and is fairly inexpensive. It is a commonly eaten fish and recipes are prepared in a variety of ways like baking, frying, grilling, steaming, or poaching in cuisines all over the world. It turns white after cooking and can be substituted for other fishes like sole and haddock in fish recipes.
Tilapia fish is a healthy and low carb dish, which is rich in protein, vitamin B3, vitamin B12, phosphorus, potassium, niacin, and selenium and contains no saturated fat or cholesterol. Some popular Tilapia Recipes include Tilapia with dill sauce, Tilapia filled Pita, Fillets with Mustard-Pecan Topping, Spicy Grilled Tilapia with Aioli and Tilapia Asparagus with White Wine Sauce. Fresh Fillet, which is a healthy and nutritious option, is one of the most preferred seafood. Tilapia being an easily available and inexpensive fish, Tilapia Recipes have secured an important place in seafood throughout cuisines all over the world.