Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia is an easy weeknight meal made with lemon juice, garlic, mayo, salt and breadcrumbs. 

If you adore fish and have already tried my recipes for Honey Soy Salmon, Honey Chili Salmon Bake, and Thai BBQ Salmon  then you are ready for a new fish to work with. You should try Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia. It’s quick and easy to make, delicious, and you can make it ahead of time to reheat when you need a quick lunch or dinner.

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia on plate with asparagus

BAKED LEMON GARLIC TILAPIA

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia fillets are an easy recipe for a delicious weeknight dinner with a relatively short cook time. Like most fish recipes, you’ll want to make sure that your baked tilapia is completely cooked through before eating it to keep yourself from getting sick from it. I suggest that you use fresh tilapia fillets instead of frozen fish for this easy recipe, since they won’t have as pleasant a flavor as the fresh fish will.

White fish like tilapia is great for when you’re eating healthy, since they’re low in fat, high in protein and low in mercury. Tilapia is also very hearty and filling, but isn’t greasy and it takes on the flavor of what you cook it in. In this case lemon, garlic and crunchy breadcrumbs. White fish tends to have a short cooking time, a lot of flavor and is generally good for you.

Serve up your fish with a delicious side dish of veggies, like Cauliflower Rice, Chinese Green Beans or Parmesan Roasted Vegetables.

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia Collage

HOW TO MAKE BAKED LEMON GARLIC TILAPIA

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place fish in an 11×7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine lemon juice, garlic, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Spread over fish.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs; drizzle with butter.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia Collage before and after baking

 

VARIATIONS ON BAKED LEMON GARLIC TILAPIA

  • Cheese: Try sprinkling a handful of parmesan cheese onto the tilapia fillets once they’re out of the oven but still warm. The residual heat will melt the parmesan, making a layer of crispy, melted cheese. Make sure to only add a little bit in order to keep the cholesterol of your dinner low.
  • Spices: Sprinkle dashes of paprika or cumin onto the top of the fish for a Cajun inspired taste. You can also add some fresh lemon slices to the side of the fish when you serve it. You would be surprised at how much flavor lemon wedges bring out of fish. This is an easy way to change up the flavor of the meal without having to break out an entirely new recipe.

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia on plate with asparagus

HOW LONG IS BAKED LEMON GARLIC TILAPIA GOOD?

  • Serve: Do not leave your cooked fish out for longer than about 2 hours or you risk getting pretty sick from it. If it’s a hot day, you should put them in the fridge much sooner.
  • Store: Make sure that you let your leftover Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia cool down to room temperature before you put them in plastic wrap or an airtight container and store them in the fridge. Properly stored, your leftover should last up to 3 days before you should throw them out.
  • Freeze: Put your fish in an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 4 months before the fish will lose its flavor and become unsafe.

WHEN IS FISH SAFE TO EAT?

Fish is safe to eat when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (62.7 degrees C), according to the USDA’s official website.

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia on a plate with asparagus and lemon

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Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia 

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia is an easy weeknight meal made with lemon juice, garlic, mayo, salt and breadcrumbs.
Yield 6 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder
Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Ingredients
 

  • 6 tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and coat a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Place fish in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Combine lemon juice, garlic, mayonnaise, salt and pepper in a small bowl.
  • Spread over fish.
  • Sprinkle with breadcrumbs; drizzle with butter.
  • Bake at 425 degrees F for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
  • Sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition

Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 568mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 57mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a trained professional chef who has cooked for private clients for over a dozen years. Experienced in handling dietary restrictions, allergies and picky kid eaters, she's well versed in coming up with healthy, yet flavorful recipes.

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