Lemon Garlic Butter Tilapia

If you click on one of my recommended item links and then place an order through Amazon, I receive a small commission on that sale, at no extra expense to you.

Lemon zest, garlic and butter!

Lemon Garlic Butter Tilapia

This only takes 20 minutes from start to finish and could easily be prepped hours ahead, refrigerated and popped into the oven for dinner. (If you do, anticipate that the fish will take longer to cook).

I made this recipe with Mahi Mahi as shown here with roasted dill carrots, roasted red and orange peppers and Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Medley.

Make the fish in a beautiful ceramic dish and you can serve the fish oven to table.

This makes two generous servings.


3 Tablespoons butter

4 cloves garlic, minced (use a garlic press)

Zest of 1 lemon (use a microplaner)

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (use a lemon squeezer)

4 (5-6 ounce) thawed tilapia fillets (I use the Costco Tilapia Loins that come in 3 lb. frozen bags)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish


Assemble all ingredients.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Lightly oil a 9×13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray. Use a paper towel to remove excess moisture from the fish. Place the fish in the dish and season tilapia with salt and pepper, set aside.

Make the sauce: In a small bowl, add the butter, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice. Place in the microwave and heat just to melt the butter. Stir the ingredients and spoon onto of the fish.

Place into oven, lay a piece of foil or parchment paper over the top and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


Share Button