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Sweet and Sour Tilapia
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5 from 3 votes

How to Cook Sweet and Sour Tilapia

This is a sweet and sour tilapia recipe. The fish is fried first then combined with a sweet and sour sauce made from carrots, bell peppers, onions, garlic, catsup, ginger and cornstarch to thicken the sauce.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Fish Recipe
Cuisine: Filipino
Keyword: sweet sour tilapia
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Calories: 120kcal
Author: Manny


  • 4 pcs. large Tilapia or pla-pla
  • 1 medium size red bell pepper cut into strips
  • 1 small carrots cut into strips
  • 1 large white onion sliced into rings
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 thumb size ginger cut into strips
  • 2 stalks green onion cut into 1 inch long
  • 1/2 cup tomato catsup
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch dissolve in 1/2 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • Cooking oil for frying


    How to cook Sweet and Sour Tilapia:

    • Clean the tilapia and remove the gills and internal organs (if you haven't asked the fish vendor to remove the gills and internal organ.)
    • Wash in running water to clean the fishes and rub with salt. Set aside for at least 15 minutes.
    • Fry the tilapia until golden brown then transfer to a colander to drain excess oil. Transfer to a serving dish.
    • In a saucepan melt butter and saute garlic, onion and ginger until cooked.
    • Add in the carrots and stir fry for a few seconds then add in the red bell pepper.
    • Pour the tomato ketchup and cornstarch, stir cook in low fire for a few minutes.
    • Add in the brown sugar and season with salt and pepper. Adjust the amount if necessary.
    • Add some water if the sauce seems to thick and adjust to achieve the perfect consistency.
    • Pout the sauce over the fried tilapia and garnish with green onion. Serve hot.