Tilapia with Yams & Raisins Recipe

by Adrienne Matt on January 31, 2011

in Fish

Inspired by a recipe I saw in the UK’s Easy Living magazine, I tried this. It’s delish!

1 medium onion, thinly sliced crescent moons
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2oz raisins
2oz dried cranberries
1t ground ginger
15 strands of saffron (a medium pinch)
1t tumeric
3/4t ground cinnamon
1 1/4c water
12oz (1 medium) yam (Japanese white yams are best), diced into 1″ cubes
1# tilapia fillets
1t orange blossom water (optional)


Saute the onions and garlic in a little olive oil until translucent. Add the raisins and cranberries and saute until they plump up. Add all the dry spices and mix well. Add the water and mix thoroughly. Add the diced yam and cover. Bring to a boil then lower heat to simmer until the yams are almost fork-tender.

Rinse the fish and place the raw fish on top of the sauce and yams. Cover and let steam. Since they are fillets, this should take 5-10 minutes tops.

What I love about this method is that it keeps the fish super moist. Serve with couscous or rice.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah February 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Sounds like a strange combination, but I’m always on the lookout for a fish dish that I can’t mess up.


Adrienne Matt February 3, 2011 at 10:28 pm

It really is a beautiful dish — visually and taste-wise. The trick is to cook the yams so they still have some bite. You don’t want to overcook them. Let me know what you think!


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