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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

Ingredients 

  • 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

Instructions 

  • 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.

Notes

  • Great with rice or a side salad.

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25 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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. 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.