Baked Tilapia With Lemon Butter

baked tilapia with lemon butter recipe

A good baked fish recipe is a keeper and this recipe for baked tilapia with lemon butter is one that you will want to use often.  You want to eat healthy so you are reducing your red meat intake but you also want to avoid eating chicken every day.  This tilapia meal is a great, healthy alternative.

Tilapia is not a single type of fish but a family of fish.  Most are freshwater fish, are commercially farmed and are a good low cost option when you are looking for fish.  The taste is very mild and the fillets are sturdy, making tilapia easy to prepare.

This recipe calls for a greased or buttered 9″ X 13″ baking sheet.  I use parchment paper with this recipe, it makes clean up so much easier.  Silicone mats work well also, as does aluminum foil.



  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

baked tilapia with lemon butter recipe


    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a 9×13 baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, garlic, lemon juice and lemon zest; set aside.
  1. Season tilapia with salt and pepper, to taste and place onto the prepared baking dish. Drizzle with butter mixture.
  2. Place into oven and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10-12 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.


You can substitute other firm whitefish for the tilapia.  I have made this recipe with cod, orange roughy, trout (might be more expensive) and red snapper.  I found the red snapper to be the closest in texture and taste to tilapia and it is on sale often at my local supermarket.  Trout was an adequate replacement but I had issues with bones.

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