Spicy Baked Tilapia

Spicy Baked Tilapia

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Spicy Baked Tilapia

How to make the best Spicy Baked Tilapia using an oven!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: African
Servings: 6


  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper / Aluminum Foil
  • Cooking Spray


  • 3 Whole Tilapia
  • 1 Yellow Onion (Medium Size)
  • 5-6 Habanero Peppers (Add more if you like heat)
  • 1/4 Thumb-size Ginger Based on preference
  • Garlic Based on preference
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper Seeded & Chopped
  • 2 TBSP Suya Pepper / Kyinkyinga Powder
  • Salt Based on preference
  • Cooking Oil
  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • 2 Lemon


  • Clean the fish; make sure to cut off the fins, scales, etc. and rinse it off with water
  • Make 3-4 incisions on both sides of the fish and place it in a large bowl
  • Soak the Tilapia in 3-4 tablespoons of Distilled White Vinegar, fresh lemon juice from one lemon, and 2-3 tablespoons of salt for a few minutes (around 10-15 minutes) then rinse
  • Pat the fish dry and place in a dry bowl
  • In a blender, pulse onion, peppers, ginger, suya pepper, and 2 tablespoons of oil
  • Taste the mixture and add salt, if needed
  • Squeeze 1/2 lemon all over cleaned fish and wearing gloves generously fill the inside and outside of the fish with the blended ingredients
  • Wrap the bowl with cling wrap and place it in the fridge to marinate overnight*
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF/177ºC/Gas Mark 4
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper/aluminum foil and generously spray with cooking spray
  • Lightly shake the bowl and remove the cling wrap
  • Transfer the coated Tilapia to the greased baking sheet, add sliced onions/other veggies (if using) and bake in the oven for 30 minutes using the middle rack in the oven
  • After 30 minutes, open the oven and using a cooking brush, brush the top of the fish with the juices from the fish
  • Serve with Fried Yams, Banku, Kenkey, etc. and enjoy!



*If you are using the same day, make sure to marinate the Tilapia for a few hours prior to baking!
If this recipe was useful, please leave a comment below!


  • Andrew Antwi

    I tried this recipe today and I must say it was GOOD!
    The perfect balance of flavors. I didn’t have the suya pepper but it still tasted GREAT!
    Thanks SK!

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