This pan-seared tilapia dish is a delicious and easy way to prepare seafood! Great for a quick weeknight meal accompanied with fresh veggies. Try this healthy dish full of flavor and nutrition!

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
18 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Season both sides of each fillet with salt and pepper. Place the flour in a shallow dish; gently press each fillet into the flour to coat and shake off the excess flour.

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  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat; cook the tilapia in the hot oil until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 4 minutes per side. Brush the melted butter onto the tilapia in the last minute before removing from the skillet. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

249 calories; protein 24.6g 49% DV; carbohydrates 11.9g 4% DV; fat 10.8g 17% DV; cholesterol 56.3mg 19% DV; sodium 50.9mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2011
First of all, my fish looked like the picture which AMAZED me because although I'm not a beginner cook I tend to over batter fish. This was AMAZING. My fiance loved it! There are things I changed just to suit my tastes...(I am sure the original recipe would have been just as good.) I added onto the normal salt and pepper...Old Bay, garlic salt, more paprika, a little ground red pepper, onion powder and then I dusted it with flour. What helped me know that the pan was hot enough was something I learned from the Food Network. I just took a tiny pinch of flour and tossed it in the oil...if it started to cook or bubble...that's how you know it's ready for the fish. I did not use the extra unsalted butter. THIS WAS AWESOME! My fiance ate the whole thing before I could sit down! He said it was better than his mom's! :) He even told his mom about it! Thank you so much for this dish! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2011
First time trying tilapia - guess I'm not a big fan Read More
(11)
758 Ratings
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  • 4 star values: 176
  • 3 star values: 37
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/06/2011
First of all, my fish looked like the picture which AMAZED me because although I'm not a beginner cook I tend to over batter fish. This was AMAZING. My fiance loved it! There are things I changed just to suit my tastes...(I am sure the original recipe would have been just as good.) I added onto the normal salt and pepper...Old Bay, garlic salt, more paprika, a little ground red pepper, onion powder and then I dusted it with flour. What helped me know that the pan was hot enough was something I learned from the Food Network. I just took a tiny pinch of flour and tossed it in the oil...if it started to cook or bubble...that's how you know it's ready for the fish. I did not use the extra unsalted butter. THIS WAS AWESOME! My fiance ate the whole thing before I could sit down! He said it was better than his mom's! :) He even told his mom about it! Thank you so much for this dish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2009
So simple and good! You can add whatever seasoning you like to the flour. (I used blackened seafood seasoning) I made a garlic-butter, parsley and lime sauce to go on top. yum. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2009
Just made this for dinner tonight. It turned out great. My family and I thought it was a great way to prepare tilapia. My filets didn't need 4 min per side. I only had them on each side for approx. 2 min. Paired this with a green salad and it made for a great, easy and quick weeknight dinner. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/08/2010
Very good! The whole family enjoyed it. I added Old Bay, Garlic Salt, Onion Powder, Paprika, and Crushed Red Pepper to the flour before coating. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2009
I used lemon pepper seasoning instead of regular black pepper. If gave it a hint of lemon flavoring. Very good. Read More
(66)
Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2011
It came out better than I anticipated I rarely use flour for breading fish. And I've never fried Tilapia always grilled or baked. Yummy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/13/2011
As written we rated a 4 as we felt it needed a little more spice. The next batch we took the advice of others and added in Old Bay Seasoning and left out the butter as we felt in was not necessary. Yummy Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/23/2012
Delicious recipe! I added the spices (garlic salt, pepper, crushed oregano) to the flour before I coated the fish as well, which reduced the spices I had to add directly to the fish. Also, instead of brushing the melted butter on top of the fish during cooking, I added about half a tablespoon to the olive oil, and then heated the two together before adding the fish, so the fish seared in the oil and butter. My fish did not need 4 minutes per side either, they were perfect at about 3 minutes a side. So yummy, cannot wait to make this again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2010
This is my first review! I made this awhile ago but i have been making it on the regular basis now for awhile! This was AWESOME! I was looking for a way to prepare tilapia other than baking it and this was a HIT! The only difference i do is add a little lemon juice to the butter before drizzling it! Perfect! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/05/2011
First time trying tilapia - guess I'm not a big fan Read More
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