Also indexed as:Cherry Snapper, Hawaiian Sun Fish, Mouth Brooders, Ngege, Nile Perch, St. Peter’s Fish, Sunshine Snapper
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Buying Tips

Choose tilapia that is moist and resilient; avoid cuts that have a musky odor. If frozen, discard tilapia that is mushy when thawed. Fresh whole tilapia is available in stores, but fresh or frozen fillets weighing 4 to 7 ounces (114 to 200 grams) are more common.


Tilapia comes in several colors, but red and black tilapia is the most well-known species. After preparation, the meat of both varieties is completely white. Both types of tilapia can thrive in either fresh or salt water. The taste will vary depending upon the water type since the fish absorbs the flavor of the water in which it is raised.

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