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Is Tilapia Fish Kosher?

Is tilapia ok to eat?


According to, there are more than 30 different species that could be referred to as tilapia. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the “FDA”) officially lists 7 different tilapia that are marketed in the U.S., though there may be more. Therefore, it is difficult to say for certain. However, the common form of tilapia is kosher, the fish having both fins and scales, and may be eaten.

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  1. thank you, we have home-grown tilapia [part of an aquaponics system] and i was wondering if we could eat them …

    1. The deciding factor here is if they have scales, if they do then they are kosher, if not not.

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