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Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia is the easiest and tastiest way to get healthy fish onto the dinner plate. Cooking fish at home has never been easier!

A pan of Baked Tilapia topped with lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley

My family loves eating fish at home. When we lived in California with all the fresh fish options, we would eat fish twice a week or more. Moving away from California the options for fish are a lot less plentiful. Odds are that if you are reading this, you have limited options as well. Quality frozen fish is actually a great option. The trick is to use it as soon as you can after thawing. A lot of the fish you buy from the fish counter at the grocery store is previously frozen and thawed there, so you might as well buy it frozen and thaw it yourself for maximum freshness.

This recipe uses Tilapia, which is an incredibly common and less expensive white fish. It’s a great option to eat fish on a budget. You can use any white fish with this recipe though so feel free to experiment with what is available in your area.

A pan of Baked Tilapia topped with lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley

I’ve had a lot of friends and family members who are intimidated by cooking fish at home. No need, it’s incredibly easy! In this recipe I show you how to bake the fish which requires very little hands on effort. I also have a great tutorial for How to Pan Sear Fish that you should check out as well. This works great for more expensive fish filets that require nothing more than salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

How long do I bake tilapia for?

Fish needs to be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. The amount of time it takes to reach this point will depend on your cooking temperature and the thickness of your fish. For a thin tilapia filet, plan on 10-12 minutes in a 400 degree oven.

A pan of Baked Tilapia topped with lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley

Watch the video below for a step by step demonstration as I walk you through the recipe in my own kitchen. I have an entire YouTube Channel where I invite you into my home to cook with me three times a week. There are already hundreds of videos there so feel free to binge watch!

A pan of Baked Tilapia topped with lemon slices and chopped fresh parsley
Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia is the easiest and tastiest way to get healthy fish onto the dinner plate. Cooking fish at home has never been easier!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 cloves garlic crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon sliced (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Lay tilapia filets into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, melted butter, and garlic. Pour over tilapia. Season with salt and pepper. Tuck lemon slices in (optional).
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Serve hot with additional lemon wedges and garnish with parsley.


Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 582mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 345IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1.2mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia
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December 16, 2019 7:17 pm

I added sundried tomatoes and capers. I used garlic olive oil instead if butter.

September 19, 2018 8:14 pm

I love this recipe been using one close to it for years! The only thing different that I do is using lemon pepper for seasoning with ghe garlic, butter, and lemon juice then topping it by taking a sleeve of Ritz crackers mashing them up, then pouring them over top of the fish with two tablespoons of butter. It is absolutely delicious! You can add hour favorite cheese also

geneva s lane
May 29, 2018 6:38 am

5 stars
made this for dinner last nite and twas scrumptious!!!…It is a keeper..I also included capers…

May 15, 2018 12:14 pm

5 stars
i made this for lunch today…yummy!
Will be having this again

April 27, 2018 8:50 pm

4 stars
Simple, healthy, and tasty. Who could ask for more . Would have given this recipe a five . Screen wouldn’t work.

April 19, 2018 1:57 pm

5 stars
Perfect. Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

April 12, 2018 4:40 pm

This is a winner! I switch out the parsley for dill, jusr for a change and Iโ€™m not a big fan of fresh parsley.

Hope Hellstern
April 12, 2018 3:50 pm

5 stars
This was great! I could not have asked for anything that was faster prep /cleaan up! YES EVERYONE MY 3 YR OLD LOVED IT and it wasnt chichen nuggets! Thank u thank u thank u I really wish i had for recipes like this!

Rachel t
April 8, 2018 4:06 pm

5 stars
Delicious!! Made it with one fillet unfortunately can’t get my kids to eat fish but I loved it. Very simple to make for one ?

April 3, 2018 5:42 pm

5 stars
This receipe is a winner! Thank you!

March 29, 2018 1:49 pm

5 stars
This looks super easy!
I’m givung this a try today. Thank you thank you thank youuuuu!!

March 25, 2018 5:59 pm

Do we have to use parsley?

April 9, 2018 6:56 pm
Reply to  Yvette

I grow parsley in a little garden pot; after I tried it on bruschetta the first time – I was STUNNED! I had NO idea there could be a difference from โ€˜freshโ€™ bought at local grocer. ALWAYS My Fresh Parslet Everytime in the Future!

March 23, 2018 4:51 pm

5 stars
This has to be the best seafood i have ever put in my mouth…

March 11, 2018 3:31 pm

Will rate after I make it tonite?

March 11, 2018 3:30 pm

If I wanted to make 8 portions instead of 4 would I double the ingredients for this recipe?

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