Bobby's Baked Tilapia

Total Time:
22 min
10 min
12 min

4 servings

  • Butter cooking spray
  • 4 (6 to 8-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 lime, finely grated zest and juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a large cast iron pan with a nonstick butter spray.

Rinse fish and pat dry; place on the cast iron pan. Season each fillet with salt, cracked pepper, lime zest and lime juice. Add fish to the pan. Place a pat of butter on each fillet and cook in the oven for 8 to 12 minutes.

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    I thought this recipe was too simple. However is it terrific. My entire family ate every speck of fish and asked for more. they even asked if I would cook it again tomorrow. Thank you.
    I don't have a cast iron pan I used my mom's ovenware and it came out great! love this recipe.
    We don't like lime over here so we make it with lemon instead. Then we use the excess lemon butter from the pan and pour it over fresh steamed green beans. Heavenly!
    My husband fishes a lot, so I am constantly looking for different ways to make crappie. This is far and away the best recipe I have found for making it. Seriously amazing! Despite what some wrote, I have used my cast iron skillets to cook this dish many, many times and never had a problem.
    I spent several hours seasoning my skillet, and this was the third thing I used it to cook. It completely stripped the seasoning from the pan. Food Network, you should know better.
    Really great fast, simple recipe. Unfortunately I didn't think it through and I put the zest and S&P on first, so when I squeezed the lime juice on, it all kind of washed off the top. 
    Tasted great anyway! I'll put the juice on first next time so my presentation is a little nicer. =)
    So good! As someone who doesn't really love tilapia, I was skeptical since this recipe seemed so minimal. But honestly, it tastes great! Not too "fishy". Easy and delicious.
    This was so easy and good. I didn't make any changes. I will def make it again!
    I'm not sure where I could've went wrong because this was such a simple recipe, but I thought this was pretty tasteless..
    Great recipe: quick and easy and very yummy. Plus it pleases kids and adults alike. The first time I make it, I used lemon b/c that's what I had in the house, and I omitted the butter b/c one of our dinner guests recently had a heart attack (no butter in the heart healthy diet!). Second time with lime and butter. Both just times just delicious and enjoyed by all. 
    I thawed fillets in the refrigerator today. After a long day at work, I asked my husband to find a recipe that he could make while I exercised. He does not know how to cook, told me he wouldn't cook before we got married 12 years ago, and has never followed a recipe start to finish other than boxed pancake mix. HE DID IT! He found a lime in the refrigerator and used our new Emeril pan that he researched on line to find out the heat maximum. The fish was perfectly done, delicious, moist, and tender. Thanks for an easy, no fail recipe to build his confidence! I've told him he can't retire until he learns to cook. He should be on schedule in 18 months:)
    This is a great dish. I will make it often. Only thing is I did not have limes. I did have lemons which I used. I give this a five star anyway. I will do limes in future. Thanks Bobby!
    This recipe is crazy easy and so tender. I was able to make it for one of my roommates and he was amazed. Little did he know that I used frozen tilapia!!
    Recipe says to rinse and dry fish and put in pan. Then season and put in pan . When should I put it in the pan exactly?
    at 8:17pm
    You should put in the pan after seasoning. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and have forwarded along to our culinary team for correction.
    I love fish that is simple to prepare yet full of flavor. Those two don't credentials don't always go together. With this recipe they do! Perfect texture and taste. I never like to tweak recipes until I try the original. I had to here slightly. The only thing I changed was in part due to cooking 6 fillets, I added an additional lime and 2 more pads of butter, and soaked the fillets in the lime juice for a few minutes while prepping some other things on the menu for the evening. The recipe was followed to a 't' otherwise. Everyone loved the taste! Even the other half who isn't crazy about fish said it was GREAT! Thanks for a fantastic recipe Bobby!!
    Delicious! Made it as written & spooned pan juices/butter over each serving before we ate. Yum!
    Quick easy, tasty. Loved it!. Will use it again. Tell Paula I used butter in the bottom instead of butter flavored spray!
    This tilapia turned out not bad, but not amazing. Something was missing for me.
    pretty good, my husband who usually hates when I make fish, asked me where I got this delicious fish from. I also made the veggie ribbons with this recipe and it made for a light and tasty recipe.
    Bobby you out did yourself with this recipe. I didn't have a lime so used lemon instead, very tasty. Will definitely make this again.
    Good, nice light lime flavor. First time I baked fish in my cast iron skillet, so much better than a glass baking dish!
    Literally just got done with this recipe! Loved it.. I needed something quick to do cause I procrastinated a paper and this fit the bill perfectly. It was delicious and if you follow the tips from other reviews about preheating a glass pan everything works out very well. On a side note, if the flavor isn't enough for you I found that mixing soy sauce and lime juice in a sauce cup as a dipping sauce worked phenomenally.
    Great idea with the lime, I use olive oil only, and I used my mom's paper (that has everything in it I cooked in the iron pan only for 8 mints great fish thank you!
    Great recipe!!! I baked the fish on a flat cooking sheet and it came out not too fishy. Will defiantly be cooking that again.
    I'm terrible at making fish. Not only was this easy, my picky 11 yr old and I loved it! I used others' suggestions about a preheated glass pan, and it was great. Can't wait to make it again!
    Made this for my hubby today. I only had two filets and lemons. I used the juice of an entire lemon, California lemon peel, butter, black pepper, Himalayan Sea Salt and Adobo (without pepper. They cooked in exactly 12 minutes in my "slow" or "cool" oven at 400F, but I think the cast iron pan facilitated that process. Hubby liked it and it wasn't too lemony for him. A quick, simple recipe for a simple fish.
    i didn't have a cast iron pan so i read other reviews and saw that a preheate glass dish would work just as good and it did! i also used lemon instead of lime and it was delicious. Baked some baby carrots with it too. yummy!
    Excellent recipe!! This was my 1st time eating "Baked Fish" of any kind. I always thought the texture would be horrible & the flavor would be bland....Man, was I WRONG lol! The fish was extremely flavorful & the texture was perfect. This is recipe will be placed in my box of favorites.
    This is a quick and tasty recipe. I love it. I did substitute lemon for lime in the recipe and garlic powder for salt.
    " This is the most delishious fish you've ever made" were the exact words from my husband. I made Bobby Flay's Lemon Butter & Capers with Orzo. The only thing I added , was Old Bay Seasoning to one side of the fish, baked it at 375 for 8 mins.added a pat of the lemon butter to each fillet when it came out of the oven.Served it with the orzo and fresh green beans.DELISH! Will defenitly make again! Great for lent.
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