If you are like me who likes whole tilapia, a place to find them is at Wal-Mart. The store sells frozen whole tilapias for about $7. Depending on the size of the fish a bag has 3 or 4 whole tilapias in it. The tilapias are completely cleaned, meaning they’re gutted and scaled. Each fish come in an individual vacuum packed bag so you can take out what you only need for either frying, steaming, grilling or baking.
I actually baked 2 whole tlapias when I made this dish but only arranged the bigger fish for the picture. So for this recipe take out 2 tilapias to thaw out before cooking.