One Dish Delish: Korean Tilapia

Try as I might to get focused this week, I find myself slugging it outta bed, moving far too slowly to accomplish anything, wanting to lay in bed and read rather than be even remotely responsible. To be fair, the quasi-flu has been floating around my house. Whenever I get like this, I start to panic…is my thyroid hypoactive? Am I really just fat-and-lazy after all? Is this beginning of some impending downward spiral that will end in a reality show featuring me as the mother who turned to mush? These things happen, you know.

The quasi-flu has been floating around our neighborhood, and my stomach was a little iffy on Tuesday. Not to mention my baby seester is preggers (ohhh, baby seester, I love you!). So a laggy week makes perfect sense. But still. It could be the start of a reality show.

One thing this week HAS given birth to (other than me sitting in four baths and wanting to buy every People magazine on the rack. What are we going to DO about JLo and her plastic surgery? She looks freakishly happy and good. Dammit.) is a new idea for a purty little feature on Cheeky Kitchen.

Today I’m unveiling One Dish Delish, which is basically the laziest way to cook uber-gourmet food ever.

I’ve got all sorts of fun recipes up my sleeve. Stuff that tastes dumb good and takes dumb seconds to toss together, bake, and serve to the people in your life.

Today, we’re taking all the flavors of Korean food (kahnsahamnida), marinating the freak out of tilapia (although tuna steaks work especially nice too), then tossing them in the oven to bake. Yup. Easy like that. Eaaaasssssyyyyy.

Just to be awesome, we’ll roast up some savory bok choy while the fish is cooking. Just all of it. Sitting in one oven. While you read about Justin Timberlake’s latest fedora style thingy. (Note: Don’t be fooled. Fedoras are not style thingys ever).

Then, whippy snippy artichicky…dinner is done.

Do we dig One Dish Delish? Yeahhhh, me too. Just wait until you try the Rosemary Chicken with Roasted Grapes. Rowr.



For the Tilapia:
1/2 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup Korean Red Pepper Powder (you can find this at any Asian grocery store)
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1 cup scallions, finely diced
2 limes, sliced
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1-2 pounds tilapia or fresh tuna steaks

For the Bok Choy:
1 bok choy, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons cup olive oil


In a large baking dish, whisk together soy sauce, water, Koraen red pepper powder, maply syrup, sesame oil, scallions, limes, and sesame seeds. Add tilapia or tuna steaks. Marinate 2-8 hours.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Prep Bok Choy by placing the chopped bok choy into a large baking dish or on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle soy sauce, maple syrup, and olive oil over the bok choy. Sprinkle with garlic.

Place fish (uncovered) and bok choy in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork and the bok choy is crisp-tender.

Serve fish and bok choy immediately. Toss both over sticky rice, if preferred.

Congratulations to Cheryl Newton, winner of the $25 Whole Foods Market Gift Card!

12 Responses to “One Dish Delish: Korean Tilapia”

  1. Mary says:

    Looks Amazing!!

  2. Well this is different! We pretty much eat salmon 3 times a week, so I’m always on the lookout for different fish recipes. This one looks very tasty indeed!

  3. I seriously kinda love this.

  4. Brooke, I love your blog! This recipe looks awesome. Can’t wait to try it soon!

  5. i’ve been to Korea and this is just making me drool. ah!

  6. Ooooh! What an awesome looking fish recipe, I really love the sound of this.:) And your pictures are making me very hungry now. :)

  7. Tasha Adams says:

    Stella made me the proudest mom eva when she told the pediatrician at her 5 year old well child check up, that her favorite food, was in fact, tilapia. I am in dire need of a new way to cook it though, this must be some sort of divine intervention… I thought I’ve had the flu, but Dave says I’ve been saying that for a month, and now I learn its really the rattle. Feel better soon, and were you to be on a reality show, it would be wicked smart, and not about mothers who mush!

  8. anna says:

    cooool feature! i love love korean food. and right? i’ve got the january blues like craaaazy. i cant believe the world has ever been a sunny, happy place like it was last august. ugh.

  9. Sarah Watson says:

    i love the “one dish delish” idea. And even better, i am digging this tilapia! Cant wait to see what you are making next. I hope you are feeling better because we neeeeeeeeeeeeed you!

  10. Michelle says:

    I tried this recipe Thursday evening. And, I must say it was a winner with my. family. I was at the grocery store shopping when I Google recipes for talapia. It was simple and delicious

  11. Hi just thought i would tell you something.. This is twice now i’ve landed on your blog in the last 2 days looking for completely unrelated things. Spooky or what? brgd, analisa saham

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