Unorganized Cooking: Bone in Tilapia


I’ve consumed so much seafood that I probably have enough lead in my system to protect me from x-rays.

Hello again folks and welcome back to Unorganized Cooking with German Castro. Today, I cook my favorite. Bone in tilapia! I know you might be wondering

“But German, why not tilapia fillet? That’s so much easier to eat.”

Well, the thing is, texturally and flavor-wise, bone in is far more preferable. It just feels softer and absorbs the flavor better.

That, and also because I had to find something back to school related to cook. Wondering how that comes into play? Well, it contains Omegas and as far as I know, it’s good for your brain. I have no medical degree, so who am I to tell you the properties of Omegas?

But enough with the talking, here are the ingredients to the recipe:


  • Whole tilapia (scaled)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Lime

Cooking Time: 1 and 1/2 hours


  1. First off, dry the surface of your tilapia with a paper towel. This is to prevent the olive oil from popping out violently.
  2. Next, cut three incisions on both sides of the tilapia. This is to help it cook thoroughly and absorb more flavor.
  3. In a separate small dish, mix all of your seasonings, making sure you don’t overdo the salt.
  4. Preheat a puddle of olive oil in the pan on a medium flame for around six minutes.
  5. Once it’s hot enough, carefully place your tilapia in with tongs.
  6. As one side is cooking, season the exposed side.
  7. After seven minutes, flip the fish and season that side too.
  8. Cook for around 7-10 minutes on each side. To know it’s done cooking, the meat has to go from pink to white and the fish has to fall apart.
  9. Once done, transfer the tilapia onto a plate and let cool.
  10. I highly recommend you eat it with lime.

And there you have it, a whole tilapia. Just be cautious with the spines though. Accidentally eating a piece is not a pleasant experience. Also, make sure you close all your doors and have some windows to vent out the smell, or else everything will smell like fried fish.