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Baked Tilapia Recipe
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Baked Tilapia Recipe

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I've decided to cook healthier for my family, and that includes having more fish at home. This is a great recipe, and it's fast, too! —Hope Stewart, Raleigh, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon paprika


  1. Place tilapia in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the butter, lemon juice, garlic powder and salt; pour over the fillets. Sprinkle with capers, oregano and paprika.
  2. Bake, uncovered, at 425° for 10-15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Baked Tilapia in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p30

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2016

"I tested out this recipe for the first time. I'd omitted the capers and scaled back on the butter, lemon juice, garlic powder and kept the salt and paprika as is. I used Italian seasoning, crushed-about 1/2 tsp. I used a smaller pan (an 8-inch square baking pan, coated with non-stick cooking spray. I used 1 Tbsp. to 2 Tbsp. sweet pickle relish in place of the capers. The butter, I'd used 2 Tbsp.-the lemon juice, I'd used 1 to 2 Tbsp. and garlic powder I'd used 3/4 tsp. I baked fish for 15 minutes. This is a very tasty dish! It's moist, too! The sauce adds a nice flavor! delowenstein"

Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"I also added a few dashes of "Old Bay". This was very good. I will be making it again."

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"I have made this several times, I add a few dashes of "Old Bay Seafood Seasoning" to each filet prior to the capers, as well as all the seasonings according to the recipe. It really turns out flavorful and great! My husband and I love this recipe. It's a keeper!!"

Reviewed May. 29, 2015

"This was a fantastic, easy recipe. I usually bread and fry my tilapia. This was actually easier, healthier and tastier than what I am used to. I could actually taste the tilapia, rather than just smothering the tilapia with tarter sauce and not actually tasting the fish. A great recipe.

Thank you."

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2015

"I lost this when I gave my sister my cookbook! So glad to have it back. So easy So good. Even my picky BF loves it. Thank You. I double the sauce and top pasta with it! mmmm"

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