21 Tilefish Recipes to Satisfy the Seafood Lover in You

21 Tilefish Recipes

If your fish recipe repertoire is missing some amazing and simple tilefish recipes, I have got you covered. 

Tilefish, a clown of the sea, is a delicious, healthy, yet underrated delicacy. It tastes mild and sweet and has a firmer texture. From white tilefish to blue and golden ones, it’s a family of 40 species that taste great with herbs, spices, and lemon.  

If you’re a beginner cook eager to try out new species in different ways, I tell you this fish is perfect for grilling, searing, frying, or roasting. Here are 21 tilefish recipes I have collected so you can cook up this delicious fish any way you want!

So, here is to the tilefish, the poor man’s lobster!

1. Oven Roasted Golden Tilefish

Are you looking for an easy way to cook golden tilefish? Take a look at this recipe and be amazed, as this is an oven-roasting tilefish that always results in a delicious meal.

Golden tilefish is full of flavor with white-pinkish meat. It can be broiled, grilled, fried, or roasted, but overdo it and it becomes dry. 

First, pan-sear the filets until golden brown, then bake them for 12-15 minutes or until done. Using fresh filets or frozen ones is totally up to you. 

This recipe will taste two times tastier when you serve it with lemon butter sauce, garlic-flavored rice, and baked veggies. This oven-roasted fish will taste fantastic that you’ll definitely be preparing it again!

2. Blueline Tilefish with Tarragon Beurre Blanc

Check out this quick and simple recipe for tilefish if you’re craving mouthwatering fish to sate your appetite! The blueline fish has a sweet flavor, so I always try to keep the other ingredients on the lighter side as well. 

Here is the blueline tilefish and tarragon beurre blanc combo that will not disappoint you or your taste buds. It’s a delicate fish that will break apart if you try to pick it up with tongs or a fork while sautéing. Therefore, I prefer to use a spatula to turn over the fish. 

Serve it alongside rice or pasta for dinner or a sprout salad for lunch.  

3. Pan-Seared Golden Tilefish with Lemon Herb Confetti Rice

If you want to experience the natural sweetness of golden tilefish, I recommend this simple and hassle-free recipe that anyone can create at home.

In this recipe, salt and pepper seasoning gives flavor to the golden tilefish, while herbs and veggies produce flavorful confetti rice. 

The pan-seared golden tilefish with colorful lemon herb confetti rice is a complete palate. No need for a side dish! 

Given how filling and healthy it is, you should absolutely include this meal in your lunch and dinner occasionally. It is also a perfect meal to serve to your special guests. 

4. Pan Seared Tilefish with Butter & Capers

Pan-searing is the best way to make delectable tilefish. However, how you sauce it and what you serve with it also matters! 

So, here is one of my favorites among many tilefish recipes that you must try at a family gathering to impress the mob. 

The creamy richness of butter and the floral tartness of capers give the pan-seared tilefish a flavor that makes everyone swoon. To serve a nutritious and satisfying supper, combine your favorite vegetables, roast them, and enjoy pan-seared tilefish with butter and capers!

If you can’t find tilefish in the fish section of your supermarket, you can substitute it with other firm texture fish like snapper. 

5. Fried Florida Golden Tilefish

When it comes to comfort food, I always opt for fried chicken or fish with fries and my favorite smoky cocktail sauce. And this is one of my other favorite quick-to-make recipes that goes by the name fried Florida golden tilefish. 

Even as a beginner, you can make this recipe without a hitch. Just remember to keep an eye on the temperature of the oil and the doneness of the fish to get the fish cooked to perfection. 

Heat the oil to 350 degrees before frying the marinated tilefish filets in it. The fish will reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees when done. 

Do not forget to double-dredge the fish filet to get a crunchy texture! 

6. Thai Curry with Rice and Golden Tilefish

According to most, golden tilefish tastes good on its own. However, I feel it tastes even better when added to dishes such as fish chowder or Thai curry. 

I personally love to make this Thai curry with rice and golden tilefish for lunch, as it is full of flavor and a healthy dish to serve. You have to try it once to know what I am raving about!

The curry includes a variety of veggies, sauces, coconut milk, and fish. It is a flavorful curry that tastes great over a bowl of rice. 

Go the extra mile and make it a complete meal by serving it with vegetables! This easy-to-make yet exquisite dish will dazzle your guests at your next lunch.

7. Citrus Grilled Golden Tilefish with Coconut Lime Compound Butter

While tasting like cod or lobster, the goldfish is a ‘great on the grill’ fish because it has a firmer texture similar to that of grouper. However, it has white meat, so it needs a medium between itself and the grill. So, in this recipe, I use lemon slices as the barrier. 

The lemon gives the fish a pleasant citrus flavor and increases the amount of smoke that gets into the fish while it is grilling. 

Place the filets over the lemon slices on the grill after liberally brushing them with compound butter made with butter, salt, lime juice, and zest.

I’ve successfully grilled fish several times using this technique, and it comes out delicious each time. This is a successful tactic!

8. Baked Tilefish with Tomatoes, Balsamic, and Basil

The baked tilefish with tomatoes, balsamic, and basil recipe is full of flavor and aroma, making it a perfect meal for seafood lovers! 

The time it takes to bake the tilefish depends on the recipe and the thickness of the fish filets. For this recipe, I bake the filets for 12 to 15 minutes. The fish is cooked perfectly when it flakes easily with a fork. 

Fennel seeds, garlic cloves, and shallots impart a fantastic aroma, while capers, tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, and basil give a unique taste to the dish. 

With this straightforward recipe for oven-baked tilefish, even inexperienced cooks can make a delightful supper for their family or friends.

9. Roasted Tilefish Over Potatoes

Can anybody say NO to roasted tilefish filets served on a bed of roasted potatoes, garlic, and olive slices, painted with butter? Just imagine the taste of tilefish, potatoes, olives, and garlic in your mouth, and your mouth will start to water. 

To make this scrumptious recipe, layer it with thin slices of potatoes, paint it with butter, sprinkle with salt and pepper, add a layer of garlic and olive slices, and repeat. 

Roast until the edges turn brown. Now layer it with two tilefish filets dipped in garlic, butter, salt, and pepper, and roast for 10 minutes. Be brave like me and use a lot of butter to paint the filets. It will make all the difference! 

10. Buttery Tilefish

This superhit combo of tasty tilefish and creamy butter is a meal to make every other month for a delightful meal. A burst of freshness from lemon juice and the savory flavor of chives are added bonuses to this dish.

Don’t worry! The flavors of butter, lemon juice, and chives will enhance the flavor of fish without masking its own flavor.

Even though this recipe is exquisite on its own, I like to serve it with confetti rice, a green salad, or sauteed vegetables. The result is a lunch or dinner that is absolutely tasty and makes a fantastic meal. So, without fretting, get to cooking buttery tilefish. 

11. Grilled Tilefish & Chow Chow

Are you looking for a perfect weekend dinner? Here is the recipe that is easy to prepare and needs only a handful of ingredients.

For this meal, I prep Three Sisters Chow Chow using onions, corn, zucchini, and beans and keep it aside. You can also make Three Sisters Chow Chow ahead of time and keep it refrigerated for up to 3 days. 

After brushing with oil, salt, and pepper, grill your tilefish from both sides, giving 5 minutes to each side. Once done, serve the fish topped with Three Sisters Chow Chow and parsley. 

12. New Bay Golden Tilefish

Enjoy a perfectly seasoned, crispy fish roasted in the oven with this quick and simple cooking method. Firstly, sprinkle and rub salt, pepper, and seafood seasoning mix over the fish filets, and then put them on a baking sheet. 

Then sprinkle a mixture of butter, lemon juice, breadcrumbs, seafood flavor, and Parmesan cheese on top. Place it in the oven and let it bake at 400°F for 10 to 15 minutes or until it breaks easily with a fork. 

It’s one of my favorite tilefish recipes, and I adore how easy it is to make in minutes!

13. Golden Tilefish with Pesto-Pecan Crust

Who knew something so easy to create could be so delectable? However, here we are with the amazingly easy yet flavorful golden tilefish with pesto-pecan crust.

In this recipe, the buttery and nutty flavor pesto combines with the herby and rich pecan and gives flavor to our golden tilefish. 

I make my pesto-pecan crust using parsley, basil, garlic, olive oil, parmesan, lemon zest, lemon juice, salt, pepper flakes, and pecan meal. You can add or subtract the seasoning ingredients as per your taste. 

When done with everything, garnish with some lemon slices and parsley before serving, and you’ll have a delicious meal ready!

14. Pistachio-Crusted Golden Tilefish in Green Curry Coconut Milk

Two separate recipes, when combined into one, make a delectable, whole meal that is hard to say NO to. 

In this recipe, marinate the fish filets with a mixture of ground pistachio and paprika and then pan-fry them until they turn crispy. These pistachio-crusted golden tilefish filets are then served with green curry coconut milk, adding a Thai flair to the meal. 

This green curry coconut milk is made using green curry paste, coconut milk, chicken stock, and honey. 

Enjoy and share this meal with your friends and family, and impress everyone! 

15. Pan-Seared Tilefish with Wild Mushrooms & Asparagus

Cooking precisely for the right amount of time, pan-searing is the best way to make tilefish without losing its texture and flavor. In this recipe, the flavorful and aromatic shiitake, cremini mushrooms, and fresh green asparagus complement the taste of pan-seared tilefish. 

To make this dish, you must use olive oil and butter to saute mushrooms, onions, asparagus, and potatoes. Then let them simmer in chicken stock for about 3-5 minutes before serving them topped up with pan-seared fish filets. 

Garnish with chives and serve hot!

16. Grey Tilefish

Grey tilefish is one of my favorite tilefish recipes because it is a one-pan dish, meaning more time to spend with my kids.

This recipe features tilefish, lemon, lemon juice, flour, minced garlic, and butter. The combination of butter, garlic, and lemon brings just the right amount of flavor. 

I always start this recipe by dredging the fish filets in flour, salt, and pepper. Let them simmer in olive oil, turning after every 4 minutes. 

When I make this dish, I keep olive oil on hand because the dredge makes the fish burn quickly. Adding olive oil repeatedly helps the fish to get cooked without burning. 

Once the filets are ready, make the sauce and spoon it over the fish filets again and again. 

17. Crispy Tilefish with Ponzu Butter

Ready for a recipe with a vinegar punch? If yes, try this Japanese meal, the crispy tilefish with ponzu butter, and enjoy the umami flavor. 

Cook the salted tilefish filets until opaque and flaky, and keep them aside. Then cook the mushrooms until light brown and plate them beside the fish. 

Make the sauce by boiling the Yuzu Ponzu. Whisk in butter. Serve it on a plate of fish filet and mushrooms. 

Take a bite and enjoy this savory, crispy tilefish with ponzu butter that’s delicious and simple to make!

18. Tilefish with White Wine and Shallots

Here is another delectable recipe from the huge list of tilefish recipes. This one tastes incredible due to the distinctive taste of shallots and white wine sauce. 

For this recipe, you will need butter, shallots, white wine, and salt for the sauce and tilefish, honey, salt, and white pepper to fry the fish. 

First, fry the filets in the skillet drizzled with olive oil. Once fully brown on each side, remove from the heat and coat with honey, salt, and white pepper. 

Toss shallots in simmering butter and turn them time and again until brown. Add white wine, butter, and salt. 

I like to serve tilefish with white wine and shallots over the bed of rice or pasta for an optimal serving experience. 

19. Tilefish & Garlic Green Beans Sheet Pan Dinner

Sheet pan dinner means dinner baked perfectly on a single sheet pan. Yay! Here is another recipe for the ones who don’t like to do dishes like me. 

To make tilefish and garlic green beans sheet pan dinner, you will need tilefish, green beans, cherry tomatoes, garlic cloves, rosemary, and salt. 

Also, take out your oyster sauce, gourmet sauce, and herbs and spices blend to flavor the fish and the veggies. 

Enjoy a delicious meal with this easy-to-follow recipe that packs a powerful flavor punch!

20. Pan-Seared Tilefish with Garlic, Herbs, and Lemon

This meal smells and tastes delicious, thanks to the aromatic herbs, soft, sweet buttery garlic, and tangy, zesty lemon. If you like such an aroma-rich dish, try pan-seared tilefish with garlic, herbs, and lemon, and let me know your remarks in the comment. 

I pan-sear tilefish in butter in this recipe, adding green garlic, scallions, and salt. Keep basting the tilefish with butter over and over to give depth to the flavor. Even after adding herbs, I keep basting the fish. Then I serve the tilefish, pouring the remaining sauce over it.

Finally, a tablespoon of lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt and pepper are just what the pan-seared tilefish needs after getting basked in the butter again and again. 

21. Herb-Crusted Golden Tilefish With Lemon-Leek Risotto

How can I end my list of easy-to-make, delicious tilefish recipes without bringing you the most appealing combo–the risotto with golden tilefish?

So, here is the fantastic recipe that gets 5 stars for pairing silky smooth risotto with crispy, herby tilefish.

For risotto lemon leek, you will need butter, leek, shallot, white wine, Arborio rice, chicken or vegetable stock, parmesan cheese, lemon zest, and juice. While for crusted golden tilefish, tilefish, egg wash, breadcrumbs, lemon zest, fresh garlic clove, thyme, and sage are needed. 

Among all the ingredients you will need, thyme and sage are the star ingredients, as they give the fish a nice herby flavor and complement the taste of risotto.

soy glazed tilefish

Soy Glazed Tilefish

This is a luxurious tilefish recipe that I suggest you make on a perfect date night or on your first anniversary to impress the love of your life.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 4 people
Calories 228 kcal


  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Non-stick wok
  • Baking pan


  • 1 tsp canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 piece piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp sriracha
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tilefish fillet


  • For preheating: set your oven at 275 °F.
  • In a large-sized, non-stick wok, sizzle the canola oil over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic, ginger, and sriracha for around 5 minutes.
  • Add in the water, soy, lime juice, and sesame oil and blend to incorporate.
  • Immediately turn down the heat to low and cook for around 8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, arrange the fish fillet in a baking pan.
  • Remove the wok from the heat and immediately place the sauce over the fish evenly.
  • Cover the baking dish and bake in your oven for around 20 minutes.
  • Serve hot.


Nutritional Information Per Serving:
Fat: 20.3g | Saturated Fat: 3.6g | Sodium: 370mg | Carbohydrates: 4.9g | Fiber: 0.8g | Sugar: 1.5g | Protein: 30.7g
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