Pan Seared Lemon Tilapia with Parmesan Pasta


Citrusy tilapia, served with a cheesy but light pasta.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
2 servings


  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni

  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil

  • 2 tilapia fillets

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 pinch dried basil

  • 1 pinch dried cilantro (Optional)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper

For the pasta:

  • 1 tablespoon light olive oil

  • ¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • 1 pinch dried basil

  • 1 pinch dried oregano

  • 1 pinch dried cilantro (Optional)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper


  1. Bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to a boil over medium heat, stir in the macaroni, and return to a boil. Cook the macaroni uncovered, stirring occasionally, until it is cooked through but still firm to the bite, about 8 minutes. Drain well.

  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle both sides of the tilapia fillets with lemon juice, oregano, basil, cilantro, salt, and pepper, and lay the fillets in the heated skillet, making sure they don't touch. Sear the fillets for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, until the fish is golden brown on the outside, and opaque and flaky inside.

  3. Return the hot, cooked macaroni to the saucepan, and stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil to coat the pasta. Sprinkle on the Parmesan cheese, stir to mix, and stir in 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, the garlic powder, basil, oregano, cilantro, salt, and pepper. Divide the pasta between two plates, and top each with a tilapia fillet.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

555 Calories
26g Fat
45g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 555
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 26%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 206mg 16%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 714mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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