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Lemon Tilapia Recipe

I’ve been itching to try a new fish recipe lately and this one couldn’t have been more perfect. It’s easy, fast, and delicious. I’m still a little nervous cooking fish since I’m pretty new to it, so I tend to stick with tilapia since it’s a super tender white fish. Also, it cooks pretty easily, which I really needed when starting out. I’m always paranoid I’m under-cooking my food and with tilapia you can easily tell when it’s fully cooked through.

One little sidenote before I jump into the recipe, the sauce is extremely delicious and light; however, it’s pretty buttery. The butter doesn’t exactly bother me since I don’t usually eat butter (everything in moderation), but it does make for a very rich sauce. It doesn’t seem that way while eating it, but too much sauce will give me a stomach ache. I guess I should also mention that I have an allergy to dairy, so…

If you’re looking for a new recipe to throw into rotation, this one is it!


What you need

  • 2 pieces of Tilapia
  • 2 large lemons (1 for juicing + zesting, 1 for slices)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • Fresh parsley
  • Salt + pepper
Servings 2 people

What to do

  • Preheat the oven 425º + lightly oil a 9 x 13 baking dish / tray.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together melted butter, juice from 1 lemon, zest from 1 lemon, and crushed garlic.
  • Season the tilapia with salt + pepper and place in the oiled baking dish. Add the lemon slices over the fish.
  • Drizzle the sauce over everything.
  • Place in oven for 10-12 minutes. I prefer 10 minutes so it's perfectly tender and falling apart.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley & serve immediately.

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