Pan Fried Tilapia

Total Time:
13 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
8 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley leaves
Directions

Heat oven to 300 degrees F.

In a shallow baking dish combine flour, seafood seasoning, salt and pepper. Add the tilapia and lightly coat each side.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Shake off any excess seasoned flour and place in the skillet. Brown on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side. Place tilapia on a baking sheet that is lined with a paper grocery bag or paper towels and keep warm in the oven while you prepare the sauce.

Turn down the heat to the pan the tilapia was cooked to low and add the butter. Once the butter is melted, add the garlic, lemon juice and parsley and saute for 2 minutes. Place the fillets on serving plates or a platter, top with the sauce and serve.


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Super easy and tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had a last minute change of plans for dinner so thought I'd use up some Tilapia I had in the freezer. Needed an easy recipe that I would have ingredients on hand. This fit the bill, and was a perfect choice! I'm more of a salmon fan, but this was a very nice change. Very similar method to how we make our pan fish when up at the cottage. LOVED the lemon sauce which I doubled. So glad I did - nice and light and added a nice topping. Otherwise, I made this exactly to the recipe. Winner, Winner for a good fish dinner! :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
For a cheap, fast, healthy meal this is 5 stars. I followed the recipes exactly but did not add the sauce at the end. Just topped the fish with homemade pico and shredded lettuce. I might try a little nicer white fish next time, but it was very good and a hit with the family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! My husband doesn't like that lemon taste so I have to add less of that next time but otherwise it was a big hit! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavors that come through on this are awesome. The combination of seafood seasoning in the flour with minced garlic and lemon for the sauce is perfect. It seems like cheating to finally have found a recipe for fish that is quick and this good. Even my wife who is not a fish fan raved about it. We had it with Alton Brown's oven roasted broccoli that was similarly wonderful. Easily five stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic! My family absolutely loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
LOVED it super quick and easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
Liked it! Not a huge tilapia fan, but the flavoring on this was very good! I think I look for a new tilapia recipe every time I get the fillets out of the freezer, and this one was a win. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious-I mixed half flour, half Panko bread crumbs. Tilapia came out delicious and crunchy. The lemon/butter sauce was divine--and so quick. This will be my go-to recipe for tilapia. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great and easy! I didn't have parsley so I used dill. The sauce was excellent and the fish was tender. I used two tablespoons of Old Bay and 2 teaspoons of garlic because my family loves garlic.I'd give this 6 stars if I could. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Sooo good, and easy to make! Will do again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So delicious! The sauce is what made the fish, it was lemony-goodness! I will definitely be making it again!! My husband and I thought it was amazing!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this recipe about 6 months ago and have been fixing it almost once a week ever since. It is so easy and delicious. I use garlic powder instead of chopping raw garlic and add a little dried dill to the sauce. Thanks Sandra Lee! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this dish. It was quick and easy to prepare. I used a seasoned flower, so I didn't have to add anything to the flower. My sides were shoestring french fries, fresh green beans and fruit salad. This one is a keeper!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely Delicious!!!! It was easy to make and my entire family loved it!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
YUUUUUUM!!!! I just made this for dinner. It was a hit. I used 1 tablespoon of old bay seasoning in the floor mixture. I paired it with blanched green beans and wild rice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I had two huge, thick fresh Tilapia filets (just over 1 pound total. I used Old Bay seafood seasoning and made the recipe as written. The sauce was good but another recipe mentioned adding white wine so I added 1/4 cup Chardonnay to the sauce mixture and I used fresh lemon juice, I never use concentrate. I made the sauce with the pan drippings, which I thought gave a deeper flavor to the sauce. The sauce gave the Tilapia color and looked elegant. This sauce can be used for most any fish or chicken -- it's a versatile lemon/butter sauce. Since I always have them on hand, I add wine or sherry to most of my recipes as "my" secret ingredient. I have always baked Tilapia but it comes out pretty bland so this is my favored way to make Tilapia from now on. I will use the sauce for salmon and chicken. This recipe deserves 5 stars. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and FAST! : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious. For seasoning I used 1.5 tsp Old Bay and 2 tsp of a seed mixture (Trader Joe's Dukka. The lemon/parsley finishing sauce really gives it a wow factor. I added a little white wine to the sauce as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome, very very tasty & quick. I just added a little more lemon juice. Thank you item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious and so quick! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy and delicious! I did not have seafood seasoning and had to replace it with a few spices from my pantry. It was, however, still very delicious.. The sauce was the star of the plate! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious! And easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick, easy & delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very good. I loved the fish even without the sauce, so I'll be using it jusst to sear my tilapia in the future. The sauce does provide an extra layer of flavor. Super easy and quick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Could not have been easier and so delicious. I made my own seafood seasoning using s recipe online and using only the ingredients I had on hand which was most. Loved the fresh parsley and garlic drizzled over the top. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very tasty recipe. My family really enjoys it. I would hawever not suggest using grocery sacks to drain your food on as roaches do crawl around on them when they are stored at the warehouses. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easiest and tastiest meal i have ever made! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never been very good cooking fish. This recipe is delicious and very easy to make. You won't be disappointed! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for a new Tilapia recipe and I thought this one looked good, but I wasn't sure. Now that I have made it, I know it was fantastic!! This recipe has taken my favorite budget fish to a whole new level. I plan to make this again (and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent Recipe, very quick, easy, and cost effective. Also the fish was moist. But I would lightly cover the fish with butter than apply the (flour/seafood season it sticks better, pure yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was delicious! It was easy to make and the sauce complimented it well. I used Old Bay seasoning to season the fish. Will make this again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was good! I have never cooked tilapia before,...so for my first time, this was great. - I would cook the fish in butter instead of Canola oil, which left a little bit of a taste on the fish. But over all delicious...very tender. - I had it with Normandy Mix Veggies (Carrots (Yellow & Orange, Cauliflower, Broccoli. - I'm on a diet and this will save me from going insane. Thank you Sandra Lee. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am new to cooking/eating fish and I have got to say....WOW! Not only was this easy but so tasty. I will definitely make it again. Like others, I used EVOO and frozen tilapia. YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so yummy and so easy to make. I used EVOO instead of canola (more flavor. My only critique would be that there was lots of the dredge left over, which I hated having to throw out, and not quite enough sauce. But we all gobbled it up regardless. Will definitely make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My first attempt at pan-frying fish and it was GREAT! The lemon/butter/parsley drizzle was simply delicious - very light and savory. I used regular EVOO, frozen tilapia filets; and I didn't have seafood seasoning so I used Lemon Pepper seasoning instead - YUM! I served it simply with steamed veggies (broccoli/carrots/cauliflower and a side of garlic toast. I will definitely make this again. Love ya, Sandra Lee! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super quick and easy. Even my kids like it. I use the same recipe on different kinds of fish filets. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am not very good a cooking. Sure I have a couple of things under my belt that my mother-in-law has taught me but all in all, no. Frozen fish is resurrected just so they can jump out of my frying pan so I wasn't sure about this recipe. BUT, WOW!! I did it and it looked just like the picture (which rarely happensand it was yummy. Even my son ate a whole filet. I just printed this recipe off and can't wait to cook it again. Yes, I used frozen tilapia and it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! So simple and tasty, my family loves it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was wonderful and so easy. Husband loves Tilapia but he said this was one of his favorites! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thank you for a simple tasty recipe that's easy to follow. Also, thank you for the money saving tips! Nice! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious, my family gobbled this up. I started this at 7:50...we ate and cleaned up the ktichen by 8:30! This is a keeper! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was easy to follow and very clear. Turned out to be very tasty. Would use it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely delicious and super simple. I used garlic olive oil instead of canola, fresh lemon and dried parsley(that's all I had. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!! The hubby and I LOVE Tilapia and we're always looking for new ways of cooking it. This is definitely at the top of the list. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great! Just made it 5 Mins ago and it only took about 15mins for the whole meal...very good item not reviewed by moderator and published
This fish was GOOD!! I used Old Bay seasonings. I had to adjust the heat when frying, med-hi was too high and the 2nd batch was darker but still tasty mmm! Very very easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a nice, easy dish to make in a pinch. I happened to have all the ingredients and simply substituted smart balance for the butter. Very tasty! Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My daughter found this and made it for us. It is THE BEST fish dish I've EVER eaten. Don't forget the sauce. It makes the dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks my kids love you are good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I did a lot of substituting but it still came out perfect and tasty. I used whole wheat flour and added grounded flax seed, ghee instead of butter, kale instead of parsley and avocado oil to pan fry. I forgot I ran out of olive oil in making my roast. It was so delicious and it was my first time using avocado oil. It didn't distort any flavors at all or add for that matter. I also used Tony's Cachere as that is what I was raised on along with McCormicks salt free seasoning so as to not worry too much about my salt intake instead of seafood season and salt and pepper. (Gotta watch the blood pressure. I used this to make my first homemade fish and grits. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really enjoyed this dish the second time around. It was quick and easy and not to mention tasty. I have it down packed. I added capers the first time but decided to do something different tonight. I added a little extra butter and lemon and then added the seafood season( at the end to that and let it simmer. Returned the fish to the skillet to let the juice coat the fish on both sides and it was great. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whenever I plan to cook tilapia's I search for this recipe. I finally saved it at my recipe box. We had it last night and it was yummy. Used olive oil instead of butter. Also added capers this time. Thank you Sandra for the $$ saving meals! item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was fabulous....I didn't even get to make the sauce......my 12 year old devoured it!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
love it item not reviewed by moderator and published
i really liked this recipe. i added 3 tablespoons of butter instead of 2 and it tasted delicious! i made this recipe since it was rated 4 stars i was a little hesitant to give it to my husband since he is so picky.... but he loved it! very happy i made this = item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast, easy & delicious!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried tilapia before and thought I didn't like it until l prepared it with this recipe. Super tasty and easy for a quick week night dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely the easiest...tastiest..dish I make for the family. I add mushrooms to my sauce and a splash of chardonnay. YUMMY! I highly recommend!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this for my family and they loved it the only thing I did diffent was I added onion to the sauce. It was very good thank u for the recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! I didn't change a thing. Try it and enjoy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty, most ingredients were on hand and easy to prepare. This was my first attempt to cook fish. The fish didn't stick but fell apart. Need to figure out what I did wrong. Even in pieces the fish tasted wonderful. I cooked this with spanish rice with peas and carrots and broccoli slaw. It was a hit, no left overs! I will definitely make this fish again. Thanks Sandra! Any seasoned cooks that can give me tips on what I did wrong (fish falling apart) let me know! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I made this tonight with jasmine rice and a mango salsa. It was very delicious and EASY!!! We didn't have any all purpose flour, so we used Kentucky Kernel seasoned flour with Old Bay Seafood seasoning that we added to it. This is our first attempt using one of Sandra's recipes. We are very pleased with the results. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was an EXCELLENT recipe! So easy, quick and it tasted so wonderful. The fish was light and seasoned perfectly. I used Old Bay Seafood Seasoning and it turned out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves this recipe. It's simple and very, very tasty. The lemon flavor is just fantastic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum Yum Yum! My fish came out beautifully! It didn't stick. I thought the sauce was a little too lemony. Overall, it came out great, wonderful presentation and was super easy! Will make again. I did add another tablespoon of butter to the sauce, too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this tonight and it was great! I used fresh Tilapia and followed the recipe to a tee. What a hit. The flavor was delicate yet complex enough. The fish was delicious on it's own without the butter-parsley sauce but once it was added it really added another level to the taste. My only suggestion is: When making the sauce add another tablespoon of butter and don't overcook. Let the butter melt, add the parsley and garlic, then just heat up. It will turn out better. I cooked the sauce in a different pan than my fish as the fish stuck to the older pan I was using. This beautiful dish is sure to impress! Plus it took a very short time to make and was relatively simple to put together. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm usually not very big on Sandra Lee, but I must admit that this was amazing. It's not the best fish I've ever had, but it is really good, and it's really really really simple! Dredge, cook, make simple sauce. You can have dinner ready in less than 20 minutes and it's a really tasty dinner too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Simple and easy way to make Tilapia that tastes great! Usually not a fan of Sandra but this one is just a few fresh ingredients that make a delicious meal. Really like the keeping the fish warm in the oven tip too, it worked without over cooking the fish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this recipe, very simple and quick as it happened to ask for almost everything i already had at home, i didn't have any parsley though so i substituted with cilantro (its all I had) and it still turned out yummy! watch out for too much lemon juice though if you aren't a fan of tart sauces, although i like a good tangy sauce :) prob 1 TBSP is enough if you don't want it too tangy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this recipe a few days ago and my husband is already asking when will I make it again. They flavor the sauce gave the fish was excellent. I served it with steamed rice and Steamed Broccoli. The sauce even tasted good with on sides. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made it! Very tasteful. That sauce is just the right combination. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Not my favorite, but was okay for tonight. Followed the recipe exactly, but would not make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made it. Tastes Excellent!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My 21 and 26 year old children didn't want dinner to end--they were tempted to pop out to the store to buy more Talapia. We loved, loved, loved it! Ditto what evryone else said! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is AMAZING! So quick and easy to make, and it tasted INCREDIBLE! One of the best I have ever made. And the smells while it was cooking were amazing as well. I will definitely be saving this one! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was easy and really really really greatttt!!!!! I loved it. I tried this recipe today for myself and it was delicious. I cant wait to make this recipe for my family, im sure they will enjoy. Im glad i tried this tilapia i wanted to try something different. Most definitely this is a repeat :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very quick to make. One of the best fish recipes I have ever made, very little effort required. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was excellent! My husband and I loved it. I plan to make it again. It was easy too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Had everything on hand and made this with some asparagus on the side and the whole meal was delicious. Very easy to make and very affordable. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never had tilapia before this & I loved it! It's such a mild non-fishy fish! My house didn't even get that fishy odor after cooking this- really fabulous! Instead of seafood seasoning, I too used Emeril's Essense and thought it gave great flavor. I served this with sauteed veggies & some whole grain rice. Good stuff. item not reviewed by moderator and published
You made me look good. Easy. Quick. Thank you, Tech item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was really delicious and was a change from just having just fish with tartar sauce. My husband had started making this recipe when I was walking in from work. I got home in time to make the sauce part for him. Even he found it to be simple and easy to do... the sauce was very easy... and was also delicious! You have to make the sauce.. it really brings something to the dish. In the beginning I thought that it was too lemony... but actually... it goes with it well! I loved the sauce and couldn't get enough! We highly recommend it! Also, we used Old Bay for our Seafood Seasoning.. its a must have! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a simple and very tasty recipe that was a real hit with my grandson who loves tilapia. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was awesome. My kids don't usually like tilapia, but gobbled this up and asked for more. This definitely goes into the rotation. Did not make the sauce, but it didn't need it. Just a squeeze of fresh lemon on top was all it needed. You need to have this for dinner tonight!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought I didn't like Tilapia,since it' a fish that is not widely known in my country (Italy); I did try to broil it once but I did not like the taste. This recipe made me change my mind!!! The taste of lemon and butter melted on the fish is delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Prepared this with McCormick's seafood rub in place of seafood seasoning, it was delicious! My teen and I were bargaining for the last piece. Family was asking the same night when would I make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband does not like tilapia but I sincerely fooled him with this recipe ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Overall this is a great tilapia recipe as is, but we did prefer it with a few changes. Instead of seafood seasoning, we used a creole seasoning, which gave it a nice zip and kicked the flavor up a notch. I'm also not a big fan of butter, so we skipped this sauce entirely the second time around. With the creole seasoning, the fish doesn't need the buttery sauce - it's wonderful without it. Third time we made it, we topped with a mango salsa that was perfect to make this a fresh and colorful, WOW dish for entertaining! item not reviewed by moderator and published
bottom line this was a great recipe!!!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hands-down, this is the best tilapia I've ever had. Seasoned to perfection, and finished off with the perfect sauce to compliment the dish, it's absolutely delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a great recipe! It was easy, and tasted great! Definitely in my recipe rotation when I can find some tasty, fresh tilapia. I used cajun seasoning because I didn't have seafood seasoning and it was great. Sauce was a nice touch and was so good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very simple and tasty way to make Tilapia. I added some lemon zest and about 1/4 cup of white wine to the sauce at the end and it gave it a nice flavor. Could have used a little more sauce for the two filets I had - they were large. I wiped out my pan before making the sauce so it wouldn't discolor the sauce. Served over couscous. Very good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best fish recipe ever! Fast and easy.................and delicious! I used what I had on hand in the house. For the fish I had ocean perch and for the seasonings I used Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime, paprika and some cayenne. I also had only dried parsley. Greatest tasting fish I have ever cooked. I did not have any problem with a blackened pan as some others. I did however poor out the little bit of oil before I added my butter and other ingredients for the sauce. This is going to be my standard fish recipe from now on........thank you Sandra you have another winner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cook fish this way all the time. It's the perfect way to cook delicate fish like talapia. My pan never turns black when I cook flour coated fish over medium heat. That's weird. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Can anyone pls. let me know what kind of nuts did she use in this recipe? Were they pistachios or pine nuts ? item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family and I loved this dish. We have made this dish three times. And it was a success. I would recommend this dish to everyone. Great dish for lent or anytime. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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