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Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (Baked)

This was a night when one of my friends, at the time, decided to come over for a movie night, and what better way to do this than to bake up some buttery tilapia! This wasn’t my first thought, but eventually landed on this DELISH dish!

As we were searching for something interesting, one movie triggered an interest for a specific type of food… we looked at each other with the same thought in mind, TACOS! One problem…I only had tilapia in my fridge and I had never made fish tacos before. I wanted to be a little adventurous, so I decided to use that up before it spoiled. Plus, I had been wanting to make fish tacos for some time now! So…double whammy!!

I know fish can get somewhat expensive and having made this on a college budget, I would say this is the cheapest way to go. I am in fact a lover of salmon and tuna. Another fish that I fell in love with after tasting it in Kauai, was Opah! It’s a white-ish, with a buttery appeal, and goes well with a light-mustard based sauce.

I would have loved to use those types of fish in my tacos, however, keeping my budget on the smaller end… they are not so budget-friendly. Instead, I used tilapia which would do the job just as well. I remember trying tilapia for the first time on a cruise ship and thought it was one of the worst fish I ever had. Thank goodness the cruise ships allow for you to pick endless options from the menu if you don’t like what you ordered…at NO extra cost!Wish we could just do that in real life, but not so fortunate are we?

These tilapia tacos turned out perfectly and ooooo so buttery!! The flavors came through nicely and left my friend wanting more! 😉

Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (Baked)

Servings: 3-6 servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

3-6  Tilapia filets (6 oz. each)

6-8 cloves garlic, crushed and diced large

2 1/2 tbsp butter (4 tbsp – if no cooking spray)

4 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tsp fresh Parsley (or dried)

1 tsp Oregano (fresh or dried)

salt and pepper to taste

cooking spray

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°.

Melt 2 1/2 tbsp of butter on a low flame in a small sauce pan. (the rest will be melted and placed into the pan for baking if not cooking spray is available)

Add garlic and saute on low for about 1 minute. Add all but 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, shut off flame, and remove from heat.

Spray the bottom of a baking dish lightly with cooking spray (or remaining melted butter) and 1 tbsp of the lemon juice.

Place the fish on top and season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish and top with fresh parsley for garnish

Bake at 400° until cooked, about 15 minutes. (or until semi-golden)

Before:
 
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 After:

Lemon and Garlic Baked Tilapia

The buttery flavor mixed with lemon and garlic gave these tacos a new flare!

I paired it with my Mango Salad!!

 

4.5 from 4 reviews
Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (Baked) with Mango Salsa
 
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Shruti's Di Di:
Recipe type: Seafood
Serves: 6
Ingredients:
  • 3-6 Tilapia filets (6 oz. each)
  • 6-8 cloves garlic, crushed and diced large
  • 2½ tbsp butter (4 tbsp - if no cooking spray)
  • 4 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tsp fresh Parsley (or dried)
  • 1 tsp Oregano (fresh or dried)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • cooking spray
Directions:
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Melt 2½ tbsp of butter on a low flame in a small sauce pan. (the rest will be melted and placed into the pan for baking if not cooking spray is available)
  3. Add garlic and saute on low for about 1 minute. Add all but 1 tbsp of the lemon juice, shut off flame, and remove from heat.
  4. Spray the bottom of a baking dish lightly with cooking spray (or remaining melted butter) and 1 tbsp of the lemon juice.
  5. Place the fish on top and season with herbs, salt, and pepper. Pour the lemon butter mixture on the fish and top with fresh parsley for garnish
  6. Bake at 400° until cooked, about 15 minutes. (or until semi-golden)

89 thoughts on “Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (Baked)

  1. Made this tonight ,i added a little bit of lemon pepper seasoning also. Paired it with broccoli and white rice, its not fully golden but hoping it comes out great!

  2. I made this recipe and it turned out great. So tender and juicy. Since we love garlic, I added more than called for. I had to laugh when I saw Tiffany’s comment. We also had broccoli and rice. We will definitely have this again. Made this way, it is so much more healthy for you than frying.

  3. This is the best tilapia I have ever made. So flavorble and moist. I will be making this again soon!!!

  4. I’ve been making this using your recipe for a few years now. We love it! So simple and tasty! I make it with steamed Brussels sprouts with a dash of white wine vinegar, salt, and Parmesan cheese. I realized I haven’t tried anything else from your site, so I have some browsing to do!

  5. Tried making this tonight. Is there a certain type of tilapia that I was supposed to get because mine turned out white….?????

    1. Sorry for the late reply! Been sort of MIA – NO specific type – I want to say my tilapia looks more yellow because of the way the photo turned out. If I remember correctly – mine turned out more white than yellow!

  6. Has anyone tried this by putting asparagus in the tray too and making a little extra butter sauce to pour over it?

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