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Black Tea Smoked Tilapia

Black Tea Smoked Tilapia


  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup black tea leaves (from 16 tea bags)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked jasmine or any long grain rice
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 pound tilapia filets
  • Lemon slices


  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.


  • Recipe provided by Deanna Segrave-Daly, R.D., of Teaspoon of Spice.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 283 kcal cal., 5 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 170 mg sodium, 18 g sugar, 24 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


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