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If you’re looking for a fast, elegant, and easy fish recipe, look no further! Tilapia with a lemon herb butter pan sauce is the perfect fuss-free weeknight recipe because it takes less than 20 minutes!

close-up of tilapia with lemon herb butter sauce and a fork

Neither my husband nor I are huge fish fans, but we both really enjoyed this lemon herb tilapia recipe. The sauce is so tasty that I may have licked the plate.

Fresh oregano, parsley, and dill pack a lot of flavor. Butter makes everything better, and it gives this sauce its irresistible quality.

tilapia fish with a lemon butter herb sauce on a plate with a fork

Many people like tilapia because of its mild taste. Those who aren’t into really fishy tasting fish will like it.

I like it because it’s a firm fish, which means it’s much easier to handle and doesn’t fall apart while you’re cooking it.

close-up of tilapia fish with a lemon herb butter sauce and a fork

I hope you’ll give this lemon tilapia recipe a try!

Questions? Ask in the comments below.

If you're looking for a fast, elegant, and easy fish recipe, look no further! Tilapia with a lemon herb butter pan sauce is the perfect fuss-free weeknight recipe because it takes less than 20 minutes!
5 from 1 vote

Tilapia with a Lemon Herb Butter Pan Sauce

A quick, easy, and fantastic fish dish with a herb butter sauce.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Total: 17 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Flour for dredging (1/4 cup or more if needed)
  • 5 ounces chicken broth or water
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano chopped
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Chop herbs.
  • Add salt and pepper to both sides of each tilapia fillet.
  • Add flour to a plate.
  • Heat olive oil and butter in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  • When the skillet is hot, dredge each tilapia fillet in flour and add to the skillet. Cook for three minutes on each side.
  • Add chicken broth, lemon juice, and herbs to the skillet. Cook for five minutes until the sauce reduces and thickens.
  • Serve immediately.


  • Great with rice or a side salad.

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  1. Mellisa says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! I made a couple adjustments – used coconut flour because i had it on hand and used dried herbs but it was soooo good. My family loved it too. I have always baked fish and for some reason I was nervous to pan fry them but this was super easy! ill definitely make it again.

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m so glad it was a hit and that the pan frying worked out šŸ™‚

  2. Sammy says:

    What do u think the weight of those two tilapia fillets are? I have the little frozen fillets and I’m trying to decide how many I should un thaw!

    1. Natasha says:

      Oh geez… this recipe is from 3 years ago, and I don’t cook fish all that often, so I’m just guessing here… but maybe 6-7 ounces? Haha sorry I am not super helpful with this! Let me know if you like the recipe. šŸ™‚

  3. Sourav says:

    I try to avoid fish by all means, but it’s a different story for this one. It looks delicious.
    And nice photography too. The props used are so simple, yet so effective. Loved the sprinkled spices around the dish.

    1. Natasha says:

      Thanks so much, Sourav!