Pan Fried Tilapia

Total Time:
13 min
5 min
8 min

4 servings

  • 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

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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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

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