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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)

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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. Excellent recipe!! My husband, who eats fish grudgingly, came looking for seconds!
    ((Poor old feller–he was a little too slow-I had already ate the last one!))
    Thank you for a great recipe!

    1. Hello Mary! Thank you so much for trying out my recipe and letting me know how it worked out for you! So excited that it worked out great! Thank you for your support!

  2. What other herbs did you use besides parsley and oregano? It looks like there is something orangish. This looks so tasty…may be dinner tonight!

    1. Hello Chrissy! I am sorry I couldn’t get back to you sooner! The orangish looking food is actually garlic that has been roasted and turned up orangish in the photos!

      I do hope you try this dish out and let me know how it worked out for you!! Thank you for your support!

  3. This looks great. I’m including it in my meal plan for this week and putting it on my blog. Thanks for it!

    1. I’m not sure how much of the lemon butter mixture you poured or used, but next time try using a little more? Or keep it in the oven just a few minutes longer.

      I believe the butter needs to burn around the edges of the tray. not sure if you can see that in the photo! That’s how it looks for me each time I make this dish. Does this help? Let me know! =)

  4. Made this tonight after reading the great reviews and looking at the amazing picture. I was excited about gaining a new fish recipe but I was a little disappointed in it. Way to “lemon-y” in my opinion. I served with rice and broccoli & added some Italian dressing to mask the taste.

    1. Hello Marky,

      Aw I’m sorry to hear that. I know that lemon isn’t everyone’s favorite flavor! Maybe try using a little less lemon and an extra garlic clove or two the second time around! That always helps. I think taste buds for each person are very different and modifying it would be your best shot! Thank you for the feedback!

      Shruti

  5. Amazing recipe! My husband said it was best tilapia I had ever made lol! Thanks so much for this delicious recipe. Will be making this again tomorrow for dinner.

  6. Omg! This recipe turned out sooo good for me. I just moved out the house and I’m on my own now. One thing I wanted to start doing was to learn how to cook. Thank you so much!! 😀

  7. making this tomorrow, this will be the first time I’ve ever made or ate fish. What are some good side dishes?

    1. Hi Deanna,

      I would recommend having this with mashed potatoes/baked potatoes, whichever you prefer! I would also have a veggie to go with it like green beans or broccoli. To add something different to the bunch, artichokes were delicious when I paired them.

      Best,

      Shruti

  8. I had never really cooked fish before, I don’t count tuna salad lol. I decided we needed to eat fish atleast once a week. I found your recipe and thought I can do that. Delicious!!!!! We’ve had this for dinner so many times it has become a staple in our house. Thanks for the recipe.

  9. This was a great recipe !! Just wondering What Is the calorie count on this recipe ( I used 1tbsp butter & about 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil ) to make it a little healthier and it came out good !

  10. Besides fish, what other meat do you think this would be good for? Chicken breasts? Turkey breasts? Can’t do fish so that’s why I’m asking!

    1. Did you melt the butter and cook the garlic in a copper pan? That is the only thing I would think would react with the acid from the lemon, and cause it to turn blue.

    2. I made this for the first time tonight, and my garlic/butter/lemon turned a greenish/blue color as well. Glad i’m not the only one whose had this happen. As a rookie to cooking, i thought maybe i had done something wrong. Have you made this again? Does the same thing happen?

      1. Sorry for such a late response! I had been absent from cooking for a while, but coming back to it!

        I did make it again and didn’t have the green/blue problem. It may be the fish and how it’s cleaned. I’d be very careful with the selection of fish and clean it really well. I took off all the skin.

  11. This recipe looks easy and delicious. In the photos though, the fish looks like it’s been browned in advance. Does simple baking in the oven give it that beautiful crispy exterior? Thanks!

  12. This sounds so good and easy! I’m going to give it a shot tonight. Question, Have you tried putting white wine in the skillet with the butter and lemon mix? Its an idea I have but not sure how it would turn out. The ingredients are similar to my recipe for shrimp scampi minus the wine and crushed red pepper. That’s the only reason why I ask.

  13. I was SO happy with the way this turned out! We just ate the tilapia fillets instead of tacos but everyone at the house enjoyed them! One of the first ways I’ve ever cooked tilapia that kept the flavor through to the end. Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! I love lemon talipa but my husband doesn’t care for it. This was the perfect hint of lemon and garlic without being overpowering.!

  15. I made this tonight and it was excellent! My entire family loves it! I added some slices lemon slices on top of the Tilapia and sprinkled a lttle bit of creole seasoning for added flavor.

  16. Really enjoyed this recipe nice to place in oven and walk away,side of rice and garlic bread good to go!

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