Tilapia Fish Recipes

Tilapia filets

Tilapia is a popular fish on the market today, and is a tasty alternative to other types of fish. Tilapia is ideal for those who are looking for a light fish that can be prepared in a variety of ways.

Simple Tilapia Recipes

Baked Tilapia with Breadcrumbs


  • 2 tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Mix the butter, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce together in a bowl.
  3. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
  4. Brush the mixture on both sides of the tilapia filets.
  5. Place the tilapia filets on a cookie sheet that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with non-stick spray.
  6. Coat the top of the tilapia filets with the breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake the fish for 8 minutes or until done.

Pan Fried Tilapia with Lemon Sauce

Tilapia with Lemon


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
  • Lemon wedges and sprigs of parsley for garnish


  1. Heat oven to 300 degrees.
  2. In a dish combine the flour, Old Bay seasoning, salt, and ground pepper.
  3. Add the tilapia to the flour mixture and lightly coat each side. Shake off any excess flour.
  4. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
  5. Place tilapia in the skillet.
  6. Brown the fish on both sides for around 3 minutes per side.
  7. To keep tilapia warm, place it on a baking sheet and place in a warm oven until ready.
  8. In the same pan that you cooked the tilapia in, add butter and turn temperature to low.
  9. Add garlic, lemon juice, and parsley to the butter once it is melted and sauté for 2 minutes.
  10. Remove the tilapia from the oven and place on a platter.
  11. Pour the sauce over the fish and serve warm.
  12. Garnish with lemon wedges and a sprig of fresh parsley.

Garlic Butter Tilapia


  • 4 fresh tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Cooking spray
  • Parsley for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large pan, combine the butter, garlic, black pepper, salt, parsley, and paprika.
  3. Heat over low heat until butter is melted.
  4. Remove mixture from heat.
  5. Prepare a baking dish by coating the bottom with butter or cooking spray to prevent fish from sticking.
  6. Place tilapia in the dish and brush the top of each piece with butter mixture.
  7. Bake for 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.
  8. Remove from oven and transfer to a platter.
  9. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Tilapia Preparation Tips

Preparing tilapia can be simple and requires little time. Keep these tips in mind to make the most out of this flaky fish:

  • Tilapia can sometimes have a bit of a "muddy" taste. This can happen because the fish eats a diet that includes vegetation. In order to counteract this muddiness, a brief 15 to 20 minute soak in buttermilk will draw the unwanted taste out of the fish.
  • If using frozen tilapia, be sure to thaw it completely before cooking. If you need to use a frozen filet, be sure to adjust cooking times.
  • Try substituting tilapia for other fish such as orange roughy, flounder, or red snapper.

Variety of Recipes

Tilapia is a versatile fish that can be used in a variety of recipes. You can't go wrong serving this mild, flaky fish that everyone in your family is sure to enjoy.

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