Wood Grilled Tilapia in a Spicy Soy Broth

Wood Grilled Tilapia in a Spicy Soy Broth

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes


Wood Grilled Tilapia in a Spicy Soy Broth

Wood-grilling adds a wonderful smoky flavor to the mild flesh of the tiapia. This the recipe that won over the judges on the hit reality TV show, “The Next Food Network Star.”

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Recipe courtesy of Red Lobster


  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1 cup chopped shrimp with tails, plus 4 whole, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup chopped scallops, plus 4 whole
  • 4 shallots, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 16 ounces water
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped basil leaves
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon hot chile sauce (recommended: Sriracha)
  • 1 tablespoon wasabi powder
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 ounce red bell pepper (optional)
  • 2 ounces fresh asparagus (optional)


  • 1 In a large saute pan, heat 3 tablespoons sesame oil over medium heat.
  • 2 To pan, add the chopped shrimp, scallops, shallots and garlic. Cook until lightly golden.
  • 3 Add the mirin, soy sauce, rice vinegar and simmer about 5 minutes.
  • 4 Stir in the water and 1 cup cilantro and bring to a boil.
  • 5 Lower the heat and simmer the broth until reduced by 1/3, about 20 minutes.
  • 6 Strain liquid and discard solids. Reserve the liquid.
  • 7 Preheat grill or grill pan.
  • 8 Combine the remaining cilantro, the basil, green onions and carrot in a bowl. Set aside.
  • 9 Season the fillets with salt and pepper. Grill until tender and flakes easily. Set aside.
  • 10 Meanwhile, toss the whole shrimp in wasabi and season with salt and pepper. In a medium saute pan, heat remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil over medium heat. Cook the whole shrimp and scallops until golden on both sides. Set aside.
  • 11 Place a teaspoon of the chile sauce in the bottom of each soup bowl. Ladle some of the broth into each bowl. Stir to gently mix the broth and the chile sauce. Lay 1 fillet of fish into the broth, then surround the fish with 1 shrimp and 1 scallop. Garnish with chopped cilantro, basil, green onions and carrot. Serve immediately.


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