I wanted fish for dinner tonight, but settled for tilapia instead. Is there anything on earth that is more tasteless than tilapia? I couldn’t refuse the price when I was at the grocery store, it was half the cost of the next cheapest fish and the first bite reminded me why. This stuff is useless.
In my arrogance, I assumed that I could just make a wonderfully tasty sauce and mask the fact that this alleged fish has the same flavor profile as styrofoam. All I did was ruin a perfectly good lemon caper cream sauce by introducing the flavor black hole that is tilapia.
Wikipedia has this to say about tilapia:
The common name tilapia is based on the name of the cichlid genus Tilapia, which is itself a latinisation of thiape, the Tswana word for “fish”. The genus name and term was first introduced by Scottish zoologist Andrew Smith in 1840.
As they have been introduced globally for human consumption, tilapia often have specific names for them in various languages and dialects. Certain species of tilapia are sometimes called “St. Peter’s fish.” This term is taken from the account in the Christian Bible about the apostle Peter catching a fish that carried a shekel coin in its mouth. However, no species of fish is named in that passage of the Bible. While that name is also applied to Zeus faber, a marine fish not found in the area, one tilapia (Sarotherodon galilaeus galilaeus) is known to be found in Sea of Galilee where the account took place. This particular species is known to have been the target of small-scale artisanal fisheries in the area for thousands of years. In some Asian countries including the Philippines, large tilapia are often referred to as pla-pla while their smaller brethren are still referred to as tilapia. In Hebrew, tilapia are called amnoon (אמנון). In Arabic, tilapia are called mushṭ (مشط) (brush) because of its brush-like tail. It is called jilaebi in Tamil.
What they forgot to mention is that tilapia SUCKS! Unless you have no choice, I suggest eating almost any other fish.