Pan-Fried Tilapia

Elevate your weeknight dinner with our delectable Pan-Fried Tilapia, a light and succulent seafood dish that’s ready in a flash. Tilapia, known for its mild flavor and tender texture, takes center stage in this recipe, allowing the delicate taste of the fish to shine through. Pan-frying the tilapia with a zesty lemon and herb seasoning creates a burst of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. This dish is perfect for those seeking a quick and nutritious meal that doesn’t compromise on taste. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or simply looking to add more variety to your dinner rotation, our Pan-Fried Tilapia is a must-try!

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Pan-Fried Tilapia

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4 servings

Difficulty: Easy

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

kcal: Approximately 200 calories per serving

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  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or almond flour for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Fresh parsley for garnish
  • Lemon wedges for serving


Step 1: Preparing the Tilapia

  1. Pat dry the tilapia fillets with paper towels to ensure they are free of excess moisture.
  2. In a shallow dish, mix together the all-purpose flour (or almond flour), paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Dredge each tilapia fillet in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess.

Step 2: Pan-Frying the Tilapia

  1. In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and unsalted butter over medium-high heat.
  2. Once the oil and butter are hot and sizzling, add the tilapia fillets to the skillet.
  3. Pan-fry the tilapia for about 3-4 minutes on each side or until the fish is cooked through and has a golden-brown crust.

Step 3: Adding the Zesty Lemon Flavor

  1. While the tilapia is cooking, add the lemon slices to the skillet around the fillets.
  2. Let the lemon slices cook for about 1 minute on each side to release their zesty juices and infuse the dish with a delightful lemony aroma.

Step 4: Nutrition Facts

(Note: The following nutritional information is approximate and may vary based on specific ingredients used and serving sizes.)

  • Calories: 200 kcal per serving
  • Total Fat: 10g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 70mg
  • Sodium: 350mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 20g

Step 5: Serving and Enjoying

  1. Remove the pan-fried tilapia from the skillet and arrange the lemon slices on top of the fillets for an extra burst of flavor.
  2. Garnish the tilapia with fresh parsley for a pop of color and added freshness.
  3. Serve the Pan-Fried Tilapia hot with lemon wedges on the side for those who enjoy an extra zing of lemony goodness.

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Note: Our Pan-Fried Tilapia is the epitome of a quick and delightful weeknight dinner that doesn’t skimp on flavor. The delicate tilapia fillets are enhanced by a flavorful blend of herbs and spices, while the zesty lemon slices add a refreshing twist to each bite. The crispy golden-brown crust and tender fish inside create a satisfying and nutritious dish that the whole family will love. Feel free to pair this delightful tilapia with a side of steamed vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete and well-balanced meal. Whether you’re an avid seafood lover or new to cooking fish, this Pan-Fried Tilapia is an excellent addition to your culinary repertoire. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of this seafood delight, and let the flavors transport you to a world of culinary delight! 🐟🍋🍴😋


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