Lemon-Pepper Tilapia Recipe
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Lemon-Pepper Tilapia Recipe

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I usually have the ingredients on hand for this lemony dish that’s ready in a jiff. I use tilapia, but this method peps up any white fish. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet: 177 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 254mg sodium, 1g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.


  1. Preheat oven to 425°. Place tilapia in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. In a microwave, melt butter; stir in lemon peel and juice. Drizzle over fish; sprinkle with garlic salt, paprika and pepper.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Pepper Tilapia in Simple & Delicious August/September 2016

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 254660
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2016

"My husband and I eat fish a couple of time a week. This is a fast and flavorful meal. It's super easy to prepare. Tilapia is a mild flavored fish and the seasonings complement the fish and don't over power it. A perfect blend."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 254430
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2016

"Excellent and easy"

cynandtom User ID: 2224843 253611
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2016

"I'm not a huge fish fan, but am trying to eat more. This recipe will definitely help with that goal. It was fabulous! Light, fresh, bright flavor. Easy to prepare, I did need to cook it longer than the directions stated, but I always tend to do that with fish so it may just be my preference."

hkpepin User ID: 3030797 250368
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2016

"Simple and delicious! Done the entire dish in 30 minutes and my kids ate it up. The only ingredient I had to purchase was a fresh lemon but the zest really added something. I wouldn't change it and would definitely make it again."

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