Steal This Meal: Stewed Tilapia

Today’s gorgeous Steal This Meal submission comes from Tom Denham, of CrossFit North Fulton in Roswell, GA.  Tom writes, “I started the Whole 30 four months ago, and have had such good results that I’ve just kept it up. The best result is that I am sleeping soundly nearly every night.  I’m also lifting heavier weight for more reps in the gym and have dropped to 200 pounds from 213 while eating an enormous amount of food. I used to eat most meals in restaurants, but have been relearning to cook since dedicating myself to “clean” food. I started watching the Food Network for inspiration and got the idea for this recipe after watching an episode of Chopped.”

We love the variety of vegetables here, and the addition of olives to this dish.  Based on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch for best choices for seafood, shellfish and sushi, we would recommend choosing U.S. raised farmed tilapia over other sources. You could also easily sub another light white fish like wild caught cod or mahi mahi.  Finally, we asked Tom about the inclusion of clam juice in the recipe, in case readers are allergic to shellfish.  Tom replied, “I think you can omit the clams without a problem. Cutting them would reduce salt, liquid, and flavor, though, so you may want to add a small amount of salt, some water, and a little more Fish Sauce.”

Steal This Meal:  Stewed Tilapia (Serves 4)

Ingredient list:

  • One can of green olives (look for olives packed in water and salt and nothing else)
  • One small can of clams (look for clams packed in clam juice and salt and nothing else)
  • One bunch of green onions
  • Four roma tomatoes
  • One package of shitake mushrooms
  • Four  tilapia (or other white fish) filets
  • Fish Sauce
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
The ingredients, plus some Golden Delicious apples for dessert

In preparation, perform the following:

  • Finely chop onions
  • Coarsely chop mushrooms
  • Cut tomatoes into cubes


  • Set heat to medium high. Coat the bottom of a pan with EVOO.  Add onions and sauté with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Add green olives with all the water in the can and clams with all the juice in the can.
  • Add mushrooms and tomatoes. The salt with the olives and clams is substantial, but add pepper to taste.
  • Add generous splashes of Fish Sauce to enhance flavor, and let the mixture cook covered for about 15 minutes.
  • Lay the tilapia filets on top of the vegetable stew and let them cook covered for another 5 minutes. Turn the filets with a spatula and let them cook another 10 minutes.
  • Eat everything in the pan – the juice tastes great.
The final product, a light yet hearty Whole30 approved dish.

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