Lemon and Garlic Tilapia (Baked)

One of my friends had come over to hang out and we decided to make it a movie night. As we were searching for movies, one movie somehow triggered an interest for food. My friends and I all looked at each other with the same thought in mind, TACOS!

I had fish (tilapia) in my fridge and decided to use that up before it spoiled. Plus, I had been wanting to make fish tacos for some time now!

Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia

I know fish can get somewhat expensive and I wanted to keep my budget on the smaller end. I love salmon and tuna. After having Opah in Kauai, I love that too.

I would have used those types of fish in my tacos, however, my budget is on the smaller end and they are not budget-friendly. Instead, I used tilapia which is very budget-friendly and would do the job just as well. I remember trying tilapia for the first time on a cruise I had gone on and thought it was one of the worst fish to try. Thank goodness for me that I had endless choices to pick from. That’s the great thing about cruise lines, if you don’t like your dish at lunch or dinner, you can keep ordering other items on the menu, at NO extra cost!Wish we could just do that in real life, but not so fortunate!

In the end it started working out perfectly! The flavors came through nicely and left my friends wanting more.

I was full, but was still hungry for 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)

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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!!

 

4.3 from 3 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)

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  1. 5th April 2016 | Tiffany says: Reply
    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!
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  4. 7th October 2016 | Patsy says: Reply
    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.
  5. 25th October 2016 | Mstea says: Reply
    This is the best tilapia I have ever made. So flavorble and moist. I will be making this again soon!!!
  6. 12th January 2017 | Teri says: Reply
    Made this tonight & was delicious!
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  8. 19th February 2017 | Jenn says: Reply
    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!
  9. 20th February 2017 | Alicia says: Reply
    Tried making this tonight. Is there a certain type of tilapia that I was supposed to get because mine turned out white....?????
    • 20th March 2017 | Shruti's Di Di says: Reply
      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!

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