Smoked Tilapia with Grapefruit and Ginger Marinade

Tilapia is a very versatile fish. While some people may say it does not have a lot of flavour, I like how you can do so much with it. Tilapia is excellent with spice rubs and awesome with marinades. This recipe uses a marinade made with grapefruit and ginger. The strong citrus and bold flavour of the ginger works very well together. The sugar and salt in the marinade make it function like a brine. I let the fish marinate in the fridge for 2 hours and then it went into the smoker! Smokey, sweet, citrusy – this is one awesome way to prepare tilapia!

Smoked Tilapia

Smoked Tilapia with Grapefruit and Ginger Marinade

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Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 4 hours


  • 2 large grapefruits , peeled and quartered
  • 1 inch ginger root , peeled and cut into small chunks
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tilapia fillets


  • Make the marinade by placing the quartered grapefruit, ginger, garlic, oil, fish sauce, brown sugar and salt into a food processor. Process until smooth and well blended.
  • In a large bowl, cover the tilapia fillets in the marinade. Turn the fish to they are completely coated. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Set the smoker to 275F using wood bisquettes of choice (alder, pacific, apple).
  • Remove the tilapica fillets from the marinade and place them on a smoker rack and put the rack in the Bradley smoker. Smoke the fish until they reach an internal temperature of 145F, about 2 hours.
  • If desired serve with stir fried vegetables and sprinkle with green onions.



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