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Asian Fish in a Packet – Tilapia and Bok Choy

This tilapia bok choy recipe has become a family favorite! It’s easy to get dinner on the table, and everyone loves the flavor. This Asian Fish recipe cooks a whole meal in a foil packet, steaming both the fish and the vegetables. Baking is such an easy way to cook tilapia.

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Why I love this tilapia bok choy recipe

This easy baked tilapia in foil is my favorite way to bake tilapia. I have a bad habit of overcooking fish, but wrapping it a foil packet lets it steam to the perfect texture.

If you haven’t started giving your kids fish yet, tilapia is a good first fish. It’s such a mild flavor, and there are no bones to worry about.

We often eat tilapia because it’s such an inexpensive protein, and with two adults and three toddlers, 1 pound feeds us all.

I make this tilapia and bok choy recipe with cooked brown rice, but you can easily use white rice. It’s basically a complete meal all in one: fish, grain, & veggie. Sometimes I serve chilled mandarin oranges for dessert.

It’s also nice that this Asian Fish recipe is naturally gluten-free, as long as you use GF soy sauce.

Looking for more tilapia recipes?

You’ll find plenty of easy family meals in my Recipes Index. Here are some kid-friendly fish recipes:

Is this a quick easy tilapia recipe?

It sure is! I keep cooked rice in the fridge to make weeknight meals go faster. After you prepare the four foil packets with rice, fish, vegetables and sauce, it only takes 20 minutes to bake. I love quick tilapia recipes like this!

Plus, clean up is so easy. Just throw away each foil packet. No washing fish skin off a pan!

Printable Tilapia Bok Choy Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Asian Fish in a Packet

Asian Fish in a Packet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 lb tilapia fillets (typically 4 servings)
  • 1 cup cooked rice [I use brown]
  • 2 cups chopped bok choy
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450F.
  2. Rinse fish, cook rice, and chop vegetables.
  3. On each foil square, spread half of the rice. Layer the bok choy, fish, and scallions on the rice.
  4. In a bowl, mix the sauce ingredients. Pour sauce over the fish.
  5. Fold up the foil packets and bake 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 560mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 22g

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Saturday 27th of June 2009

This is also very good with a lemon butter sauce:fresh lemon juicea little orange juicesaltgarlictiny bit of butter


Friday 26th of June 2009

This looks great and so easy! Thanks for the recipe!

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