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Buttery Lemon Pepper Tilapia

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

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Lemon Pepper Tilapia is not only Delicious, but if you are looking for a quick and easy fish recipe that also delivers on taste, this is the recipe for you  But, the very best thing about this delicious recipe is that it is ready in 15 minutes!

You Will Need


5 TBSP Butter

1 TBSP Lemon Pepper

1 TSP Salt

Baked tilapia is a weeknight dinner we keep in our weekly rotation. The fish, which has a very mild taste, is baked in butter with lemon pepper and comes out with a nice  crispiness with a tender inside. It cooks quickly and takes on flavors well. This recipe is so simple, we guarantee you'll be in and out of the kitchen in under 15 minutes! Unless your frying potatoes to go with them!

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What Can you Serve with Tilapia? 


Lay tilapia out on a cookie sheet lined with foil. Add butter on top of each piece of fish

To a small bowl add lemon pepper and salt (mix well) Sprinkle on both sides of tilapia and coat evenly. Turn each piece of fish so the butter is "under" the fish. ​Fold the thin belly meat beneath the fillet.

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Bake at 350 for 15 min, every few min tilt baking sheet back and forth so the butter can spread evenly in your baking sheet. Do not turn or flip fish. Enjoy!~

Lemon Pepper Tilapia

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Recipe Variations

  1. Seasoning Swap – Italian or Creole seasonings give a welcome change to the weekly rotation. In addition, grated parmesan to the seasonings is always a hit at my house.

  2. Different Fish – You can substitute tilapia with other fish like snapper, grouper, flounder, sun perch, and salmon. Adjust cooking time for the steak’s or for fillet’s size. There are so many different types of fish, Let's get creative!~


Tips and Tricks

  1. To even out your fillet and provide some consistent cooking, fold the thin belly meat beneath the fillet.

  2. Know Your Fish – Know the source of your tilapia. Grocers such as Costco, Kroger and Walmart all carry responsibly farmed Tilapia from producers such as Regal Springs.  If you are unsure where they come from, ask at the the butcher in the meat department because most places list their fish source. 

  3. To minimize the fishes natural smell, you may soak the tilapia fillets in salted ice water or rub the fish lightly with lemon.

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