Butter Poached Lemon Garlic Tilapia Recipe

Tilapia fillets are poached in a decadent buttery lemon garlic sauce to flaky perfection. This tilapia recipe is fast, clean and so simple to make!

Butter Poached Lemon Garlic Tilapia Recipe
Butter Poached Lemon Garlic Tilapia Recipe


  •  3-4 fresh tilapia fillets
  •  1 lemon
  •  1/3 cup salted butter
  •  2 tbsp minced garlic
  •  1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  •  pepper to taste
  •  Lemon slices for garnish if desired


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 °F.
  2. Grease the pan with your butter, then melt the remaining butter.
  3. Juice and zest the lemon.
  4. Rinse the tilapia fillets under cool water and then pat them dry with paper towels.
  5. Place the tilapia fillets into the buttered baking dish.
  6. Mix the lemon juice, butter, and garlic together, then drizzle over the fish fillets.
  7. Sprinkle the fillets with pepper and parsley.
  8. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes. The fish is done when it turns a solid white and flakes easily when pulled apart with a fork.
  9. Serve.

Recipe Notes

  • I had very large and thick tilapia fillets so mine took 25 minutes to bake. Fish is done when it reaches 145°F.
  • The nutrition includes ALL of the butter sauce which you don’t eat, so values will be less

Nutrition Information

Calories: 272kcal, Carbohydrates: 4g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 18g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 104mg, Sodium: 203mg, Potassium: 438mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 473IU, Vitamin C: 16mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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