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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!

Tilapia with a Lemon Herb Butter Pan Sauce

A quick, easy, and fantastic fish dish with a herb butter sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword butter tilapia, lemon herb tilapia, lemon tilapia
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 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.