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Quick Zesty Herb Tilapia

This quick zesty herb tilapia recipe is simple, flavorful, really quick, and a perfect way to enjoy a seafood dinner. Flakey cooked tilapia is topped with lemon herb butter and served on a bed of quinoa flavored with the same butter. It’s a main and side that take 15 minutes start to finish, giving you more time to unwind and enjoy!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword tilapia, tilapia fish, Tilapia Fish recipes, tilapia recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 110 kcal
Author Mahy


  • 4 pieces tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 tsp . salt
  • 1/4 tsp . pepper
  • 1 Tbsp .extra virgin olive oil
  • Lemon Herb Butter Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp . fresh parsley , minced
  • 1 Tbsp .fresh basil , minced
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Take the fillets and season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Over medium high heat, place a skillet with the olive oil for a minute until hot.
  3. Place the tilapia fillets in the skillet and sear them for 3 minutes, flip them and cook them for 2 minutes.
  4. Cover the skillet and lower the heat to medium low. Let the fish cook through completely for about 2 minutes extra.
  5. Remove the fish from the skillet and serve topped with a teaspoon of the lemon herb butter.
  6. Alternatively, you can bake the fish for 10 minutes in the middle rack of a 450 degreed F oven for 10-14 minutes.
  7. Lemon Herb Butter Directions:
  8. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
Nutrition Facts
Quick Zesty Herb Tilapia
Amount Per Serving
Calories 110 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 148mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 381IU8%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.