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Chili's Firecracker Tilapia Copycat Recipe
Chili's Firecracker Tilapia
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 540
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Recipe Rating: 5.0 (4 reviews)

Menu Description: "A grilled tilapia fillet brushed with a sweet and spicy glaze and garnished with red chili tapenade, cilantro and sesame seeds."

Here's a great way to prepare that next batch of fresh fish fillets when you're contemplating a new taste. If you and your diners love spicy food this is the perfect clone, since the top secret glaze and tapenade recipes I've included here both come packing heat. You can make the sauces several hours—or even days—ahead of time, and then when you're ready to eat, the fish will cook up in less than 10 minutes. Chili's calls this "grilled" tilapia on the menu, but don't expect to find grill marks on the fish. It appears the restaurant uses a flat griddle or saute pan to cook the fish, since the tender tilapia would fall through the grate on a barbecue grill. Don't limit this recipe to tilapia. The intense glaze and tapenade will perk up a variety of fish fillets, from sea bass to salmon.

Source: Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 3 by Todd Wilbur.

Sweet & Spicy Glaze
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Submitted on: 02/23/09
It is amazing. Wish it was a little more spicy. But otherwise it's perfect
Submitted on: 11/02/07
This was very good, I will definitely make it many times. I might even try it with chicken instead of fish:)
Submitted on: 10/05/07
Wonderful! Tastes almost exactly like it! It's quite a bit of work-but definitely worth it! We were going to Chili's quite often so I could get my "fix"; now I just make it at home! Some of the ingredients were a little tough to find- but chili paste definitely makes it!
Submitted on: 07/31/07
This recipe turned out almost exactly like Chili's Firecracker Tilapia! Mine did not end up as spicy as theirs...I think it was because I used a chili sauce instead of paste. Overall, it was very delicious.