Lemon Butter Tilapia

Lemon Butter Tilapia is the perfect simple, healthy, and delicious fish dish, your family will love. I love Tilapia because it doesn't have much of a fish taste to it. It pairs nicely with just about any side, and this recipe is so easy to make.

Step up your fish game with this super simple lemon butter tilapia. If you’re a fish fan and love our Lemon Butter Chicken, this will be one of your new go-to recipes.

It is so simple delicious, and easy to make. I love cooking with Tilapia because it doesn’t have such a strong fish taste. It pairs with just about any seasoning and flavor combo.

I also love grilling Tilapia. If you need a good grilling recipe, try our Grilled Tilapia Tacos.

What could I use this Tilapia for?

This tilapia could be used for many different recipes. I like to add this Lemon Butter Tilapia, to my fish tacos.

I also love a good fish salad. I love putting this tilapia over spinach or kale, and adding a citrus dressing to it.

how to pick fresh or frozen tilapia

Picking fish can be a little intimidating. I know I feel like I have no idea what I am doing when I pick fish. Is fresh or frozen better?

The answer is, they are both good choices. Here is how to pick the best fresh tilapia:

  • When picking fresh tilapia, it’s important to look at the health of the fish. Many of the stores, still have eyes, gills and scales on their tilapia. If this is the case, be sure to check for clear eyes, that are slightly bulging.
  • The skin of the fish should be shiny and firm, with gills that are bright red.
  • The scent of the fish is also an important thing to look for. You don’t want the fish to smell super strong. You want to have to get in close to it, before smelling it strongly.
  • If you don’t notice any of these characteristics, it’s most likely that the fish is not fresh, but was frozen then thawed, and has been sitting out longer than it should, for desired taste and freshness. If this is the case, we recommend looking in the frozen fish section, when looking for tilapia.
  • When picking frozen tilapia, it’s important to look for ice crystals and freezer burn. If this is the case, it is likely that the fish was frozen, thawed, then frozen again. This will take away from the quality and taste.
  • Once you have purchased your frozen tilapia, it’s important you keep it frozen until you are ready to use it. This will help the fish retain it’s nutrients and fresh quality. To thaw, we have found our fish have the best results when we rinse them under cool water, until they are completely thawed. Once thawed, cook immediately.

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Serves: 4

Lemon Butter Tilapia

6 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

18 minTotal Time

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  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 (6 ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl, mix together flour and salt.
  2. Heat butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Dredge tilapia fillets in flour mixture and sprinkle each with lemon pepper seasoning, then add them to the melted butter in the skillet.
  4. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until the tilapia is cooked through and flakes easily.
  5. Remove from heat and set aside.
  6. In the heated butter, add in sliced lemon and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until they start to brown.
  7. Add the tilapia back to the skillet and drizzle with lemon juice, cooking for 1-2 more minutes.
  8. Serve warm.



2065 cal


196 g


58 g


25 g
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