This baked tilapia recipe is quick, easy, juicy and flavorful! It takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. This healthy low carb dish is loaded with flavor. The fish comes out flaky and delicious!

Baked tilapia recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • This baked tilapia recipe takes only 15 minutes.
  • It is fresh and flavorful.
  • The garlic butter lemon sauce is delicious!
  • Great as an easy weeknight dinner.
  • Another favorite is this Baked Haddock Recipe.
  • This recipe feels fancy and gourmet enough for holidays and special occasions.
  • Other than the fish, this recipe is made with pantry staples.
  • This recipe is Whole30 friendly, Paleo, gluten free, nut free, sugar free, low carb and Keto.
  • Check out this Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass for another great dinner.

Ingredients & Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for baked tilapia. Scroll down to the recipe card for full ingredients list and instructions.

For best flavor, use fresh tilapia fillets. If you only have frozen, thaw completely before making this recipe.

Dried thyme adds a great flavor. Feel free to omit if desired.

A little paprika adds some heat and spice. For a more mild flavor, omit paprika or use a pinch.

Both sea salt and black pepper add a classic flavor.

Minced garlic pairs perfectly with the butter and lemon. If needed, use garlic powder.

Melted butter is the perfect accompaniment to fish. For Whole30, use melted ghee.

Lemon juice adds the obvious lemon flavor!

For garnish, add sliced lemons if desired. Totally optional.

Tilapia and other ingredients.

All About Tilapia

Tilapia is a type of fish mainly found in freshwater. They inhabit ponds, lakes, and rivers for the most part.

Tilapia is a commonly consumed fish. It is known for its mild flavor. In addition, it does not taste very fishy.

This fish is low in carbs and high in protein. Only 4 ounces of tilapia contains over 25 grams of protein. Tilapia contains high levels of niacin, which is a B vitamin found in meat, fish and eggs. Moreover, tilapia contains vitamin B12, selenium, potassium, and phosphorus.

Like other fish, tilapia contains healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Additionally, it is relatively inexpensive.

As with many seafood recipes, tilapia pairs well with lemon, butter and garlic.

Taste & Texture

This baked tilapia recipe is light, fresh and flavorful. The fish flavor is very mild. Lemon, garlic and butter are the main flavors.

The texture is flaky. In addition, this fish melts in your mouth.

How to Make

Step 1

First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Season both sides of tilapia fillets with thyme, paprika, sea salt and pepper.

Fresh fish on plate.

Step 3

Then, place fish in a casserole or baking dish. Pour over the minced garlic, butter and lemon juice.

Fish and butter in casserole dish.

Step 4

Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until fish is flaky.

Baked tilapia in pan.

Step 5

Finally, remove baked tilapia from oven. If desired, garnish with sliced lemon.

Expert Tips & Tricks

For best results, use fresh tilapia.

If using frozen, thaw before making this recipe.

Feel free to adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.

Test to make sure fish is done baking. Insert a fork into the thickest part of the fish. Twist the fork. If it easily twists and the fish is flaky, remove from oven.

Do not skimp on the butter or seasonings.

Lemon garlic butter tilapia on plate.

How to Serve & Store

Serve tilapia hot and fresh! It pairs well with cauliflower rice, regular rice, Whole30 Mashed Potatoes or Whole30 French Fries.

Top with sliced lemons and more melted butter if desired.

Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.

To reheat this baked tilapia recipe, bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 4 to 5 minutes or until warmed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I bake tilapia covered or uncovered?

Bake tilapia uncovered. There is no need to cover it.

What temperature should I bake tilapia at?

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 11 minutes.

How long do you cook tilapia in the oven?

Tilapia bakes in the oven for only 10 to 11 minutes.

Do you have to flip tilapia while baking?

No, there is no need to flip tilapia while baking.

How do you know when it is done?

Insert fork into the fish. Twist the fork. If it twists easily and fish begins to flake, it is done.

Keto baked fish.

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Baked tilapia recipe.

Get the Recipe: Baked Tilapia Recipe

This baked tilapia recipe is so quick, easy, healthy and flavorful! It takes only 15 minutes from start to finish. This low carb fish is flaky, juicy and delicious!
5 from 3 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • pinch sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • sliced lemon, for garnish

Instructions 

  • First, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Season both sides of tilapia fillets with thyme, paprika, sea salt and pepper.
  • Then, place fish in a casserole or baking dish. Pour over minced garlic, butter and lemon juice.
  • Bake for 10 to 11 minutes or until fish is flaky. To test doneness, insert fork into the middle of the fish. Slowly turn the fork. If the fish easily flakes, it is done.
  • Finally, remove from oven. Garnish with sliced lemon if desired.

Notes

  • For best results, use fresh tilapia.  If you only have frozen, allow it to thaw before making this recipe.
  • Feel free to adjust seasonings to suit your taste.
  • Bake until fish is flaky.  To test if fish is done, insert a fork into the middle of the fish.  Slowly turn fork.  If it easily turns and fish flakes, it is done baking.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Calories: 273kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 35g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.5g, Cholesterol: 115mg, Sodium: 179mg, Potassium: 553mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 0.3g, Vitamin A: 416IU, Vitamin C: 7mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg

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