Photo: Jan Smith
4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and 1 tablespoon sauce)

One serving of this delicious five-spice tilapia provides almost all five ounces of protein recommended for those on an 1,800-calorie meal plan. Drizzle on the citrus ponzu sauce to add more flavor to the fish and give the dinner a little asian flair.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine green onions, juices, soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and ginger in a small bowl.

Step 2

Combine five-spice powder, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle both sides of fish evenly with spice mixture.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Remove from skillet, and serve with sauce.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

nwilker's Review

May 23, 2013
This is a super easy and super tasty recipe! I kept everything the same except the spices on the fish, i just eye balled it!

megrw82's Review

April 28, 2013
Really yummy! It was also really quick and easy to throw together.

EllenDeller's Review

February 04, 2012
Really enjoyed this with sushi rice, edamame, and a salad of daikon, carrot, and cucumber with ginger-sesame dressing. I made 1/2 the fish (only two people) but all the seasoning mixture and all the sauce.

NRcook's Review

November 13, 2011
We have made this many times. Use fresh ginger - this sauce is much better than any ponzu you could buy. I have found that I need to double CL sauces. The Chinese Five spice gives this bland fish great flavor - but if you're not sure of the taste - go a little light the first time you make it. Good with a Resiling or Sauv Blanc.

Belladonna714's Review

March 10, 2011
This was good, I'd have to say the sauce is what made the dish, it was lick the plate good. I used 4 3oz Tilapia fillets for two of us but kept the seasoning and sauce amount the same. I served with roasted aspargus which went well with the sauce also.

XanaMex's Review

March 08, 2011
Changed a lot of things: grapefruit for orange juice and fresh ginger for spiced, and added the sauce to the pan while the fish finished cooking. Wonderful!

mtheard's Review

November 02, 2010
Great and fast recipe that has a wonderful flavor. Recipe to try if you are wanting a change in your everyday menu.

Dennis47's Review

October 04, 2010
Spices are perfect for Tilapia, a very mild fish. Great, easy dinner for everyday or special occasions for fish lovers. We made a little more sauce than the recipe calls for. Went well with couscous.

krzydiamn's Review

April 14, 2010
This was horrible! The ponzu sauce is tasty, but the five spice on the fish was horrible. I took a couple of bites and then threw it in the trash. Now I have a jar of five spice that will never be used again.

Actstwo's Review

August 20, 2009
Enjoyed this recipe. I thought the five spice powder might possibly overpower the tilapia but the recipe amounts were right on. A keeper.