Tonight we tried smoking Tailpia for the first time and it came out very well. The full recipe is below the before and after pictures.

The fish in the smoker, before adding honey and spices:

Smoked Tilapia

The fish after smoking:

Smoked Tilapia


Smoked Tilapia


This recipe is very simple but surprisingly tasty. It has some sweet, some smoky, and some spice.

Arrange the fish on the smoker grate and coat liberally with honey.

Then sprinkle on a bit of each of the following:

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper

Then smoke for 18-20 minutes with hickory chips.

The resulting mix of honey, cayenne, and smoky flavor is truly excellent.

Posted by jzawodn at May 15, 2009 06:53 AM

Reader Comments
# Scott Metcalf said:

Yum! Just in time for BBQ season.

on May 15, 2009 09:42 AM
# Lois Forrest (Joe's MIL) said:

Looks delicious! What type of smoker do you use?

on May 15, 2009 06:50 PM
# Charles said:

Looks good. Hmm.. I haven't eaten dinner yet. Hey, you know you can broil green beans too, that would be a good match with this sort of dish. It's easy, just put a layer of beans on a baking sheet, spray with olive oil spray or drizzle on some for a light coating, then broil lightly in an oven for a few minutes. You could probably broil them alongside the fish in your smoker, that might be an interesting flavor, but they'd take less time than the fish so you'd have to add them once the fish is half-cooked.

on May 15, 2009 07:14 PM
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on May 18, 2009 12:46 AM
# harry said:

I love fish, but talipa? I'm not keen on. Probably because they are a fresh water fish. They're cheap and nutritious though so now I've seen this recipe I may just get me a smoker and give them another go.

on May 20, 2009 11:31 PM
# Enes said:

It really looks delicious, i will give a try to this receipe in the shortest time :) Thank you for sharing.

on May 26, 2009 09:07 AM
# Bob said:

Hickory is good to smoke with put give apple wood a try and a little less honey. It's excellent.

on June 9, 2009 03:07 PM
# Chess player said:

Looks good... I'll try it ! Thanks

on June 12, 2009 02:37 AM
# Thomas Paylor said:

That looks fantastic, i was searching for a fish dish to cook for my tea and this looks great, thanks for sharing, this is a cool blog by the way.

on July 21, 2009 09:53 AM
# nusret said:

thanks very

on August 2, 2009 03:40 PM
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