Baked Lemon Tilapia

This fish dish is very easy to make! It is simple enough for a meal prep and elegant enough for a special dinner.

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Tilapia is a freshwater fish that belong to the cichlid family. The flesh of the tilapia is white, categorizing it as a white fish. It has a mild flavor which makes it appealing to people that do not like “fishy” flavors. Tilapia is a very popular fish in the United States because it is easy to cook, has a mild flavor, and it is inexpensive.

I had a tried and true recipe for lemon tilapia I have been using for years, but one day I realized that it involved too much butter. I wanted to create a fish meal prep for my husband that did not have any butter in it. After some experimentation I settled on using olive oil for the fat in this dish instead of butter. I believe the results are still delicious! Please enjoy this recipe!

Baked Lemon Tilapia Recipe

Yields 4 servings

Prep Time 5 minutes

Bake Time 10-12 minutes

Wine Pairing Suggestion: Pinot Grigio

Beer Pairing Suggestion: Pale Ale


4 tilapia fillets, about 6 ounces each

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for greasing.

1 tablespoon dried minced onions

2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To serve: Lemon slices or wedges


Preheat oven to 425 F. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with olive oil.

Pat and dry the tilapia fillets. Place in baking dish.

Rub fillets with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Season fish with salt, pepper, and minced onion.

Squeeze lemon juice over fillets then sprinkle the fresh parsley.

Place baking dish in oven. Bake until the fish is cooked and it flakes easily, about 10 to 12 minutes.

Serve warm with lemon slices or lemon wedges. This dish will go great with orzo, ratatouille, and a green vegetable like broccoli or asparagus.

Always remember to make smart choices when purchasing seafood. Make sure that it is fished or farmed in an environmentally sustainable way!

Tilapia is a fish that loves to be flavored! If parsley is not your favorite herb feel free to use herbs like chives, cilantro, or thyme for this dish instead!


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