Lemon Butter Tilapia is infused with a hint of tart lemony cilantro and sweet creamy butter to create a delicious dinner for your family.
Tilapia is a mild flavor fish that holds it’s shape which is perfect for pan cooking. Tilapia is probably the oldest farm raised fish in the world. Stories from biblical scholars suggest it was the fish used by Jesus to feed the crowds at the Sea of Galilee John 6:1-14) and Peter probably found that coin in the mouth of a tilapia (Matthew 17:27). Today, over 80 nations produce farm-raised tilapia including the United States. Being able to farm raise this fish in freshwater year round also makes it an economical fish to add to your grocery budget.
Lemon Butter Tilapia could make a quick family night dinner if you slice the lemons and mix the lemon butter sauce for this recipe ahead of time. Then all you will have to do is saute the fish in a pan and add the lemon butter sauce and lemons. You could have the main dish ready in 10 minutes.
- ¼ cup butter, softened
- 1½ tablespoons chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon freshly minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- ¼ inch lemon slices cut into circles
- 4 (5 ounces) skinless tilapia fillets
- Mix butter with cilantro, garlic, Dijon mustard, and lemon juice. Stir until blended then set aside
- Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season fillets with salt and pepper
- When oil is hot, add fish fillets top side down. Cook until fish is almost cooked through and the underside is deep golden brown. About 3-4 minutes
- Flip fillets using a large spatula so they do not break apart
- With a small spatula, spread butter mixture over each fillet.
- Add lemon circles to the pan and allow to cook with fish for 2 to 3 minutes more.
- Serve immediately with lemon circles as a garnish