Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia

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Not usually a fish fan? Don’t let that stop you from trying this tasty, yet subtle dish.  Without the characteristically “fishy” taste that accompanies most types of seafoods, tilapia is flaky, white, and perfect for both fish lovers and non-fish eaters, alike. This mild fish is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice, and it is versatile enough to create dozens of tilapia recipes. We like this Simply Sauteed Lemon Tilapia recipe because it is easy and quick to make, and it tastes amazing, too! Try pairing this dish with our Quinoa Salad for a delightfully light meal.

You might also like our Halibut with Brown Rice, Tomatoes, and Fresh Thyme.

Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia

This tilapia recipe is light and citrusy, the perfect balance for a quiet evening meal.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Universal
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Keto, Paleo, Quick and Easy
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 249kcal
Author: SkinnyMs.


  • 4 to 6 tilapia fillets wild caught preferred
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup parsley or cilantro, chopped


  • Add oil to a medium skillet or sauté pan, and cook fillets over medium heat for 4 minutes per side, or until the fish is no longer translucent and flakes easily with a fork.
  • Add salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice to each fillet. Sprinkle fillets with chopped parsley or cilantro and serve.


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 249kcal | Protein: 45g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 459mg
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3

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5 Comments on "Simply Sautéed Lemon Tilapia"

  1. Elle  May 9, 2014

    Made this tonight, everyone loved it! 🙂 Thank you

  2. Chrissy  April 9, 2017

    What other fish can I substitute the tilapia with? Thank you ,?

    • Gale Compton  April 9, 2017

      Chrissy, Cod, halibut, and flounder are all good choices. 🙂

  3. Deborah  February 12, 2019

    Only tilapia. No veggies? No rice?

    • Nichole Furlong  February 12, 2019

      Hi Deborah, this recipe is only for the tilapia and is not an entire meal – just the entree! We have several rice recipes and vegetable recipes so you can create the perfect healthy meal.


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