Tilapia & Lemon Sauce Recipe
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Tilapia & Lemon Sauce Recipe

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Serve this dish with any tossed salad full of your favorite vegetables and buttered bread. It's easy, quick and unique. And it's great for company, too. —Susan Taul, Birmingham, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 2 cups hot cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet with 1/2 cup rice and 4 teaspoons sauce: 334 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 586mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 fat.


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine 1/4 cup flour and salt. Dip fillets in flour mixture.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook fillets in 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove and keep warm.
  3. In the same skillet, melt remaining butter. Stir in remaining flour until smooth; gradually add the broth, wine and lemon juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in parsley. Serve fish and sauce with rice; garnish with almonds. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tilapia & Lemon Sauce in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p62

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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homemadewithlove User ID: 4311884 256337
Reviewed Nov. 3, 2016

"My family loved the fish and sauce. Didn't have almonds but will try next time. Even used gluten free flour. Served with the Vegetable Trio as pictured."

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 253269
Reviewed Aug. 28, 2016

"Fish is really good but there wasn't enough sauce. I would double that next time and add a little more liquid. It thickens pretty quickly and doesn't pour."

mumsay User ID: 7742579 243338
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2016

"The fish was good - the sauce not so much. I made it with white cooking wine, which ruined the taste. I'll try chicken broth next time."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 230379
Reviewed Jul. 29, 2015

"Really good! My kids even are it - without the sauce. Great with some rice and vegetables."

SRAdair User ID: 5856862 221607
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"This turned out very good. Maybe a little more lemon next time. The toasted almonds were a nice touch. Will be making this again."

styles4u2 User ID: 6152497 103992
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2014

"This recipe was not only excellent tasting, it was so easy to prepare. My husband said he could eat this anytime! I made this on a Tuesday and since it is Lent, he may get it again on Friday!"

thomasri User ID: 3737943 179216
Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"Excellent! I used thyme in place of parsely, and used Kentucky Kernal Seasoned flour (doubled) and two cans of chicken broth. This is now my favorite fish dish!"

crawley3 User ID: 5781750 177740
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2012

"Not usually a big fish person, but this recipe is great.The tilapia doesn't have a strong fishy taste. This recipe is a favorite of our family."

jenniemsrich User ID: 1772477 95326
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2012

"Loved it!!!"

JenInTX77 User ID: 6487154 164065
Reviewed Jan. 24, 2012

"Very easy and good! I doubled the lemon juice and didn't even bother with the almonds or parsley. My 6 year old even loved it!"

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