Lime-Cilantro Tilapia Recipe
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Lime-Cilantro Tilapia Recipe

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I have so much fun serving this Mexican-inspired tilapia at summer parties. Finish it off with a side of rice and a salad loaded with sliced avocadoes and tomatoes. —Nadine Mesch, Mount Healthy, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, divided
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet with 2 tablespoons sauce: 198 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 33g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1/2 starch, 1/2 fat.


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour, salt, pepper and 1/4 teaspoon cumin. Dip fillets in flour mixture to coat both sides; shake off excess.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add fillets; cook, uncovered, 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove and keep warm.
  3. To the same pan, add broth, cilantro, lime peel, lime juice and remaining cumin; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 2-3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Serve with tilapia. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lime-Cilantro Tilapia in Simple & Delicious June/July 2014

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 254889
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2016

"Not bad, but sauce was super thin and did not thicken as the recipe stated. Also, the lime flavor was very overpowering and I am a fan of lime. Not sure if I would make again."

xtreme_sc2 User ID: 682740 241156
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2016

"Love this recipe! You must like a strong lime flavor to enjoy this properly. The sauce didn't thicken, but it was perfect for the light fish. Between my boyfriend, our two boys(8,10) and I, we ate ten pieces of fish. I used 4oz tilapia pieces. I doubled the sauce, but it was unnecessary. This is a keeper!"

TexasR User ID: 2715154 231129
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"We loved this...I served with some buttered noodles and Kale This is how I will cook my Tilapia from now on"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 218928
Reviewed Jan. 26, 2015

"Loved the flavor! I really couldn't get the sauce to thicken but was still great on the fish, which seemed to soak it up."

ma_spain User ID: 1370971 178547
Reviewed May. 21, 2014

"My whole family loved it. It's an easy recipe that is nice and light - perfect for warm weather."

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