Garlic Lime Tilapia


Oh my goodness!  Please go to your kitchens and make this for dinner tonight.  It is soooo delicious.  And it’s easy.  (If I had a nickel for every time I said that a recipe is easy, I would be rich.  Or, at least I’d have an extra 30 cents a week.)

The tilapia is seasoned and cooked in garlic butter with a splash of lime juice.  Divine!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Garlic Lime Tilapia

Serves: 4-5 servings

  • 3 Tbs. butter
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 Tilapia fillets
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet.
  2. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two.
  3. Season the fish with Old Bay Seasoning on both sides of each fillet. Add to the skillet.
  4. Cook for several minutes. Flip and cook the other side for a couple minutes.
  5. Pour the lime juice into the skillet.
  6. Cover and cook the last few minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

Serves 4-5 people, depending on how much they eat.  We had enough for 5 of us, but we all would have eaten more because it was so good.  Next time I’ll double the recipe.

This post is linked to Finding Joy in My Kitchen.

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  1. Easy AND delicious AND cheap? Making it this week. Thanks for the recipe, Tiffany!

    • Anonymous says:

      I just made this for dinner and OMG. I found my new favorite way to make Tilapia. Easy and delicious. Full of flavor!! Two thumbs way up!

  2. I love, love, love Tilapia! Definitley gonna cook this one up this week! THX for the recipe! ;o)

  3. I’m always looking for interesting (and easy!) fish recipes, so I’ll definitely be adding this to the repertoire. Thanks.

  4. Sounds super tasty – will be trying this one later in the week!

  5. I’ll bet this is good! I’m just not a fish person! 🙁

  6. just bought some tilapia and wasn’t sure how I wanted to prepare it…thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Mmm, looks good. I may try that, but with fresh limes.

  8. I have Tilapia in the freezer… this is going on my meal plan for next week!

  9. I do something similar but I line a cookie sheet with foil and back them in the oven. When you are finished you just throw the foil in the trash.

  10. Love Old Bay! What a delicious-sounding recipe.

  11. Made it.

    Loved it.

    Totally a company favorite!

  12. Made it.

    Loved it.

    Totally a company favorite!

  13. To quote my 8 1/2 year old son, “Mom, can have a GIANT plate of this when I get home from wrestling practice?” Yes, yes you can!! Great recipe and super-quick. 🙂 Thank you.

  14. Ok I’m a little behind on this dish but oh my goodness!! I am on a high protein way of eating after a surgery and I was scared of making fish, especially on the stove.

    I have to say this is probably my favorite recipe ever and the fish was perfect. I don’t have Old bay so I used a Cajun spice but the garlic and lime? OMG! I know I keep going but thank you for this recipe. Even my husband who does not like fish raved about it!

  15. MmMmMMmmM! I HAVE to make this asap! Thanks to you and your recipes I’ve just decided I have to go to Costco and buy a big bag of tilapia so I can make all your tilapia recipes! ‘Tony’s Tilapia’ looks great too, but this dish I want NOW. Anything with butter and garlic gets priority. 😀 Thanks a LOT for your recipes… I haven’t closed this website for days! I just keep printing recipes all day everyday! (I don’t turn off my comp). BEST WEBSITE. EVER!!!!!

  16. We love tilapia and all these flavors! I’m sure this has to be as good as it looks. Will be making it soon. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. P.S. – I forgot to mention…I’m just heading to the kitchen now to put the pork chops/apples/onions in the crockpot per your awesome recipe. We’ll be eating good tonight! =)

  18. I just subscribed to your site. Thank you for the menu plan and grocery list.

  19. Lori Reisig says:

    Sounds SO good, want to run to the grocery and get the supplies immediately. I can’t wait to try this one!

  20. Loved it! We enjoyed everything about this main dish! I served it with orzo pasta w/ butter & steamed broccoli. Beautiful!

  21. I have a silly question, but, the tilapia needs to be thawed first, correct? We are venturing into the fish world – truthfully I’ve never eaten it and hoping I will love this!

  22. Just made this dish. I enjoyed it with brown rice and broccoli. I’ll do it again, but letting the Old Bay Seasoning get acquainted with the fish. I also used Olive Oil and decreased the butter. Next time, I’ll go all in with olive oil.


  23. This recipe sounds wonderful! My husband is on a low fat diet and I cook him lots of tilapia, so kind of getting tired of the regular recipes.

    Just a couple questions, instead of butter, would it be ok to use olive oil? And what is Old Bay seasoning? Never heard of it. I’m in Southern Ontario Canada.

    Thanks so much!

  24. Super delicious as is. Picky 3 & 5 year old approved, husband thought it was from Carrabbas, and this sick prego loved it!

  25. I grew up eating fish on the Eastern beaches. This recipe is outstanding. The Old Bay and lime juice give the fish a rich buttery flavor. I have made this with salmon and talapia and think it would work with flounder too.


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