Korean BBQ Tilapia


I love trying new ways to serve up fish other than with rice and brocolli.  The Korean bbq sauce and the addition of eggplant and bok choy made this dish extra special.

Korean BBQ Tilapia


  • 4 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced serrano chile with seeds
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil
  • 8 baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
  • 4 medium-size Japanese eggplants, trimmed, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup shiitake mushrooms
  • 4 6- to 7-ounce tilapia fillets (each about 1 inch thick)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and chile; sauté until fragrant and light golden, about 3 minutes. Add soy sauce, brown sugar, vinegar, and 3 tablespoons water and bring to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until mixture is reduced to 3/4 cup, about 5 minutes (sauce will be thin). Remove barbecue sauce from heat; whisk in sesame oil. Transfer 1/4 cup barbecue sauce to small bowl and reserve for serving.
  2. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Combine bok choy, mushrooms and eggplant halves in large bowl. Drizzle 2 tablespoons olive oil over and toss to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush fish with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill vegetables and fish until vegetables are tender and slightly charred and fish is just opaque in center, turning occasionally and brushing with sauce, about 10 minutes total for vegetables and 7 minutes total for fish. Transfer vegetables and fish to plates; sprinkle with green onions. Drizzle with reserved sauce and serve.



Original recipe can be found on Epicurious.

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1 comment

  1. Ismail N July 16, 2014 at 1:33 am Reply

    Gosh, I’m so ignorant! I always thought that Tilapia is a Malay word…. :> This is quite a special recipe. We usually just fry the tilapia and serve with a special sambal (spicy sauce). Must try your recipe.
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