Baked Tilapia

January 12, 2022
4 Ratings
  • Prep time 5 minutes
  • Cook time 15 minutes
  • Serves 2
Author Notes

This tilapia recipe is quick, easy, and just packed full of flavor! —mtlabor

Test Kitchen Notes

This super-easy, flavorful tilapia recipe is the perfect weeknight meal for two. It's healthy and light and you'll find yourself experimenting with the ingredients and ratios whenever you pick up some tilapia fillets. Tilapia is packed with vitamins and a good source of omega-3 fatty acids. Baking them in the oven is a foolproof way to keep the fish moist and flaky. You also probably already have a majority of the ingredients called for in this recipe in your refrigerator or pantry. All you have to do is mix some butter, fresh lemon juice, garlic powder, oregano, and paprika (seasoned with salt and pepper) in a bowl, which you then pour over the tilapia. Simply bake for about 10 minutes and dinner is ready!

To round out the meal, serve with rice or roasted veggies or potatoes alongside. It's the perfect way to complement the light fish. Or make a large green salad for a delicious summertime meal. Instead of garlic powder, if you want to mix things up a bit (and don't mind washing another pan), you can sauté some chopped garlic and shallots or onions and stir into the butter mixture instead. Top with fresh herbs if you have some on hand as well. Depending on the type of paprika you use, you can add a pinch of red pepper flakes to give the dish a little bit of heat. Even if you don't have all of the spices, the fish will still come out great; let us know how it goes below. —The Editors

What You'll Need
  • 2 (4- to 6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Heat the oven to 425°F. Place the tilapia in a glass baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the butter, lemon juice, garlic powder, oregano, and paprika; season with salt and pepper. Pour the butter mixture over the fillets.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until the fish is white and flaky.

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18 Reviews

Jeanne1059 August 7, 2023
Haven't tried cooking fish in about 20 years. First and last time was a disaster. But I figured I'd give it a go once again. Glad I did. This was a hit with myself and my husband. Having the leftovers tonight. It was very good! Will make again.
yfrobinson July 8, 2022
This recipe was so simple and the tilapia was AMAZING!!! I've made it 3 times already for my family of very picky eaters! It's definitely a keeper in my quick meals repertoire!!! Thanks!
di March 8, 2021
Delicious! Made exactly as written and it tasted great. A real life saver when time is short and people are hungry! Thank you for sharing.
Ellen September 20, 2015
This is our favorite tilapia recipe..... And it is sooooooo simple
Katie D. June 9, 2015
I made this tonight and it was a big hit. I will probably add some extra spice next time, but other than that it was wonderful.
Yeari November 22, 2014
I just made this dish for dinner and we loved it! Thank you for sharing:)
Deb October 27, 2014
I did this dish today and it was a hit with my husband and kids.
If a dish has an approve of a 3 and 6 years old you know its good.

Thanks a lot
mtlabor October 27, 2014
Glad your family liked it! Thanks for the feedback :)
Mandss17 April 17, 2013
This recipe is so good, but best of all, it's really super quick and easy. I like a more substantial sauce so that the mixture stays on top of the fish better, so I just added a bit more of each spice ingredient to make it a little thicker. The flavor is fantastic.
mtlabor April 17, 2013
thanks so much! Definitely a fan of thicker sauces, too =)
amgchem June 13, 2012
This recipe is great. I made it at a friend's house who does not cook. Alas a limited pantry, so I substituted onionowder for the garlic and basil for the oregano and it was very good.
amgchem June 12, 2012
I tried the recipe and it is awesome. I had to change some of the ingredients, since I am cooking at a friends house, I substituted onion powder for the garlic powder & since the oregano available was bad, I,used basil, used paprika. Great
Kt4 March 1, 2012
I made a version of this the other night. I didn't quite have all the ingredients called for so I can't comment on the particular flavor combination used in the recipe but the method worked AWESOME. I placed my fish fillets in a pie plate which was just-big-enough then smeared them with some butter [the microwave is broke so I slightly changed the directions here] and sprinkled some spices [including a citrus-basil mix] over the top. I poured a bit of orange juice around the fish then baked it as directed. The fillets came out very moist and with a slight crispyness to the top. This is definitely in the make-again category!
dani January 2, 2012
Made this tonight. Quick, easy and really good. Served it with roasted carrots and brown rice. Thanks, I know I will make it again.
kitchen August 29, 2011
This recipe is easy and tasty. I served it over orzo with burnt butter and parmesan cheese.
What a great 'go to ' recipe! Thanks for sharing!
justme313 May 23, 2011
I am new to this site but love it!!!! Will be trying a lot of the is this fish!
HandRocksLadle December 7, 2010
This was so easy and so delicious! Served with roasted broccoli and sweet potato soup (all recipes from this site) -- what a great meal!
ChocolateDiva February 21, 2010
This is an excellent recipe, I got rave reviews on this one. . I didn't have some of the ingredients but came out great anyway.