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Lemon-Pepper Tilapia

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


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


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Place tilapia in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. In a microwave, melt butter; stir in lemon zest and juice. Drizzle over fish; sprinkle with garlic salt, paprika and pepper.
  • Bake, uncovered, 10-12 minutes or until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley.
Nutrition 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.

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  • Katy's mom
    Dec 12, 2020

    This sounds easy and delicious. I prefer barramundi to tilapia, so I'd probably use that instead.

  • Erica
    Mar 30, 2020

    Delicious! I served it with rice pilaf and zucchini drizzled with the lemon sauce.

  • PrplMonky5
    Apr 21, 2018

    This was DELICIOUS. Cut this into 1/4 for just my husband and I. I actually forgot the parsley but I didn't even notice. The freshly grated lemon peel really makes the spices pop. I think this has become our favorite tilapia recipe now!

  • jetluvs2cook
    Apr 4, 2018

    Thank you for your kind reviews! Happy that others enjoy it also!! :)

  • ebramkamp
    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
    Sep 21, 2016

    Excellent and easy

  • cynandtom
    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
    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.