Tea Smoked Tilapia

Tea Smoked Tilapia |

The basic tea bags in your pantry can deliver amazing flavors beyond the tea cup. Use black tea leaves to make this Chinese style smoked tilapia.




  1. Mix vinegar, oil, ginger, pepper and salt in a large resealable bag. Add fish and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Line bottom of wok or large skillet with aluminum foil. Add tea, rice and sugar; mix together.
  3. Turn on the vent and open your kitchen windows! Heat over medium high for 7-8 minutes (until sugar starts to melt), stirring occasionally.
  4. Place fish in a steamer and place over tea mixture (or place fish onto a grid of chopsticks laid over tea/sugar/rice mixture.) Cover tightly and cover any exposed area between wok/skillet and steamer with damp kitchen towels. Reduce heat to low and smoke for 15-20 minutes, until fish flakes and is cooked through.


Method adapted from Min Tsai’s Tea Smoked Trout w. Thai Cucumber Tomato Salad