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Lemon Garlic Tilapia

Flavorful lemon garlic tilapia seasoned with delicious herbs and pan-fried to perfection. This easy, healthy tilapia recipe takes just 30 minutes to make and perfect served over brown rice.
Course Dinner, Seafood
Keyword lemon garlic tilapia
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Monique Volz of Ambitious Kitchen


  • 4 tilapia filets or loins
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped basil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the fish in a large ziploc bag and add garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, lemon juice, and parsley. Toss fish around to coat and place in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  2. Once ready to cook, heat 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until oil begins to shimmer. Cook fillets two at a time for about 3-4 minutes per side or until opaque and slightly browned.
  3. Squeeze additional lemon juice over fish, sprinkle with salt and pepper and serve over brown rice. Serves 4.