Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Ben left for Taiwan this morning and as his “last dinner in America” I fed him fish.  While we were eating I mentioned how I probably should have made red meat or something, but oh well, he can have red meat when he returns!  It was a good way to prep him for his trip, right??????

We make this recipe quite a bit and I assure you it is EASY, QUICK, and YUMMY…   Here’s the scoop:


  • 2-4 Tilapia Filets
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 4 green onions (optional)
  • 1 whole Lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil or Canola Oil
  • Kosher Salt And Lemon Pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Season both sides of the fish generously with salt and lemon pepper.

Heat olive or canola oil in a medium-sized oven-safe pan (I use our all clad pan) over high heat for a few minutes to let the oil get nice and hot.
Once the oil has heated up for a couple of minutes, drop the fish into place and let it sit there untouched for two minutes.  Sear over high heat for 2 minutes, then transfer the pan into the 375-degree oven WITHOUT FLIPPING THE FISH OVER.  I know this sounds CRAZY, but trust me, it works every time!   Set the oven timer to 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, begin making the lemon butter sauce. Melt the butter over medium heat. Add in the minced green onions and lemon zest. Cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes.

When the onions have become a little softer, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon. Whisk together and cook until you’ve got a nice thick, but not too thick sauce.

Once the fish has been in the oven for 8 minutes, remove it and let it rest for a moment before serving.  ENJOY….

One Response to “Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce”

  1. katie gross June 21, 2012 at 4:59 PM #

    Jon loved this recipe!!! And so did the kids:) He said it was better than what he had at McCormick and Schmitts today! Thanks for sharing!!

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