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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. I made this last week and it was delish! I used white wine instead of the chicken broth and dried not fresh herbs. I may make more sauce next time. It was easy and we loved it. I try to eat fish, but needed some good recipes and this was it! thanks!

  2. Love this Tilapia recipe! Sounds so easy and tasty. And the combination of butter, lemon juice and herbs is the best! Sharing!

  3. Tilapia is one of my favorite types of fish because of how versatile it is! herb butter sounds like the perfect accompaniment to the fish and your pictures of it are beautiful – will definitely try this recipe out šŸ™‚

  4. Looks great! I love the combination of herbs in the recipe – it must make the sauce so delicious!

  5. I’m not a huge white fish fan either, but this tilapia looks incredibly delicious with all that lemon and herby sauce. Gorgeous photos too.