Garlic Butter Oven Baked Tilapia Recipe


Need a fresh, tasty dinner that comes together real fast? Then you’ll love my easy Garlic Butter Oven Baked Tilapia. Seasoned with a classic blend of lemon, garlic, melted butter, and paprika, this simple dinner really hits the spot! And, it’s all done in just 20 minutes. 

tilapia fillet topped with herbs and lemon slices

FLAKY GARLIC BUTTER BAKED TILAPIA

There are so many great recipes for baked fish out there, but I really love this one because, it doesn’t require any mayonnaise, breadcrumbs, parmesan, or other toppings. All you need is lemon, garlic, and butter. Super simple, low carb, gluten free, Keto-friendly, AND flavorFUL. Even picky eaters love this tasty fish fillet recipe.

BUT, if you’re looking for a rich and creamy fish recipe, you have to try my Skillet Tilapia with Creamy Lemon Sauce. 😋 

IS FRESH OR FROZEN TILAPIA BEST?

In general, if you have access to fish that has been freshly caught, cleaned, and put up for sale within about 48 hours, then that’s your absolute best bet for quality. Other than that, the likelihood is that any fish you buy has been frozen at some point in order to keep it fresh for transport.

Frozen fish is also processed and frozen quickly after the catch. So you can feel confident that the fish in the freezer case is, in most cases, just as good as the fish at the counter, and maybe even better!

overhead shot of baked tilapia in baking dish topped with garlic and lemon slices

IS TILAPIA HEALTHY?

While wild-caught fish is generally thought to be the healthiest, many food experts say that properly farmed fish is very healthy, and that includes tilapia! Tilapia is high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and is a good source of protein.

However, some sources of tilapia are better than others, so be sure to check out the source’s reputation, standards, and the kind of feed they use for their fish.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

  • Tilapia Fillets: This recipe uses four medium-sized fillets.
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Dried Thyme, Dried Oregano, and Ground Paprika: Use regular paprika, not hot or smoked paprika.
  • Butter: You’ll need 4 tablespoons, melted.
  • Fresh Garlic: Mince the garlic or put it through a garlic press.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest: You’ll need two tablespoons of juice and ¼ teaspoon of zest.
  • Lemon Slices, Red Pepper Flakes, and Chopped Parsley: For garnish.

pouring melted butter over fish fillets

HOW TO MAKE BAKED TILAPIA

  1. Prepare the Tilapia Fillets. Season tilapia with salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and oregano; arrange fish in a 9×13 baking dish. In a mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest; pour over tilapia.
  2. Bake the Fillets. Bake tilapia for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fish flakes and is fork-tender.
  3. Serve! Garnish with pepper flakes, parsley, and lemon slices and enjoy!

white baking dish with raw tilapia fillets in garlic butter sauce

HOW LONG TO BAKE TILAPIA

If you haven’t baked tilapia before you may be wondering how to do it properly. Here are a few quick tips for the best baked tilapia:

  • Like most fish fillets, tilapia cooks up pretty quickly! You’ll want to check on it as soon as it’s been in the oven for 10 minutes, or even sooner if your oven runs hot.
  • The fillets are done when they flake easily with a fork (but aren’t dry).
  • If you’re using a meat thermometer, insert it sideways into the thickest part of the fillet. The temperature should be 145°F.

overhead shot of baked tilapia in baking dish topped with garlic and lemon slices

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

close up shot of baked tilapia in garlic butter sauce

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT LEFTOVERS

  • To refrigerate, store cooled leftover fillets in an airtight container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To freeze, place leftover fillets in a single layer on a baking sheet or platter. Freeze until frozen solid. Then transfer the frozen fillets into freezer bags and push out as much air as possible before sealing. The fillets will keep in the freezer for up to 3 weeks.
  • To reheat, first thaw the fish (if frozen). Then place the fillets at room temperature while the oven preheats to 350°F. Arrange the fillets in a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until heated through. The fish’s texture may be less moist after storing and reheating.

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tilapia fillet topped with herbs and lemon slices

GARLIC BUTTER OVEN BAKED TILAPIA

Light, nutritious tilapia fillets are seasoned with garlic, butter, and lemon and baked to perfection.

Course:

Main Course

Cuisine:

American

Servings: 4

Calories: 279 kcal

Author: Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

  • 4
    tilapia fillets
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper,
    to taste
  • ½
    teaspoon
    paprika
  • ½
    teaspoon
    dried thyme
  • ½
    teaspoon
    dried oregano
  • 4
    tablespoons
    butter,
    melted
  • 4
    cloves
    garlic,
    minced
  • 2
    tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • ¼
    teaspoon
    lemon zest
  • 1
    lemon,
    sliced into rounds, for garnish
  • Red pepper flakes,
    for garnish
  • Chopped fresh parsley,
    for garnish
  • Lemon slices,
    for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Season tilapia with salt, pepper, paprika, thyme, and oregano; arrange fish in a 9×13 baking dish.

  3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest; pour over tilapia.

  4. Bake tilapia for 10 to 12 minutes, or until fish flakes and is fork-tender.

  5. Garnish with pepper flakes, parsley, and lemon slices.

  6. Serve.

Recipe Notes

NET CARBS: 3 g

Nutrition Facts

GARLIC BUTTER OVEN BAKED TILAPIA

Amount Per Serving

Calories 279
Calories from Fat 126

% Daily Value*

Fat 14g22%

Saturated Fat 8g40%

Cholesterol 115mg38%

Sodium 190mg8%

Potassium 563mg16%

Carbohydrates 4g1%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

Protein 35g70%

Vitamin A 473IU9%

Vitamin C 18mg22%

Calcium 37mg4%

Iron 1mg6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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