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a casserole dish of baked tilapia fillets, garnished with lemon wedges. A fish flipper is lifting up a fillet.
5 from 6 votes

Baked Tilapia

This super simple recipe for baked tilapia will be your go-to fish dinner recipe for busy nights. It's perfectly seasoned and ready in just 15 minutes!
Author Diana
Servings 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons (56g) unsalted butter melted
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 4 tilapia fillets or loins thawed completely
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • extra lemon slices for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C
  • In a bowl, combine melted butter, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Set aside.
  • Add your tilapia to a baking pan season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika on both sides.
  • Pour the butter mixture over the fish, and use a pastry brush to distribute the butter mixture over the top of each piece.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the tilapia is 145°F/62°C. Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes if you wish to get some color on the fish.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and fresh lemon slices.


  •  The fish must be in a single layer in your baking dish so that it cooks evenly. If you need to make more pieces of tilapia, use a larger pan or just use two of them. 
  • You can add your favorite spices to this dish. Tilapia is very versatile and will work well with a variety of different flavors. Try Italian Seasoning or Cajun seasoning in place of paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • To store: Keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Reheat gently in the microwave or a skillet. 


Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 673mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg