Lemon Butter Tilapia

Every time I go to the supermarket, I debate fresh vs. frozen fish. I’ve tried it with salmon a few times with different brands and I can honestly say fresh is absolutely the better tasting choice.

But, with white fish, like cod or tilapia, I’ve yet to taste the difference. So, I buy it in large bags in the frozen section and I can have fish on hand whenever I need it.

Tonight was one of those days I needed it. I’m getting fed up with chicken, I’m off beef and I’m bored of vegetarian. So, fish solves all my problems when I get like this. 🙂

This is a super easy, super delicious way. Just like all the other ways I’ve made tilapia, this one is a great weeknight dinner too!

Lemon Butter Tilapia

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 small cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 4 (4-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons green onions, chopped (if desired)


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lightly oil a 9Ă—13 baking dish or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice; set aside.
  3. Season tilapia with salt and pepper, to taste and place onto the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with butter mixture.img_3121
  4. Place into oven and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately, garnished with green onions, if desired. Enjoy! img_3128

Slightly adapted from: damndelicious.net

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