Baked Tilapia With Garlic Butter

Baked tilapia
The Spruce
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 3 to 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
264 Calories
7g Fat
11g Carbs
38g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 to 4
Amount per serving
Calories 264
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 428mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 38g
Calcium 84mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This tilapia recipe is an excellent choice for a low carb diet. For that matter, it's a healthy choice no matter what diet you follow. The simple garlic and herb mixture flavors the fish perfectly, and the dish takes just minutes to prepare and bake.

To keep the meal low in carbohydrates, serve the tilapia with mashed cauliflower and this simple broccoli with garlic. Or serve the fish fillets with a rice dish or roasted potatoes and steamed green beans.

This tilapia recipe allows about 4 ounces of cooked fish per person. Double the recipe for larger portions or more dinner guests. A 6-ounce tilapia fillet will yield about 4 to 5 ounces of cooked fish.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • Dash freshly ground black pepper
  • Dash salt
  • Pinch dried dill weed (or parsley)
  • Dash paprika
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Baked Tilapia With Garlic Butter Ingredients
    The Spruce
  2. In a saucepan, combine the butter, minced garlic, pepper, salt, dill weed, and paprika. Heat over low heat until butter is melted and begins to simmer.

    Melting butter and spices in a pot
    The Spruce
  3. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  4. Brush a little of the butter mixture in the bottom of a shallow baking dish (line baking dish with foil, if desired) then place tilapia fillets on the buttered area.

    Brushing a baking dish with butter.
     The Spruce
  5. Brush top of each tilapia fillet with the seasoned butter mixture.

    Tilapia in a baking dish
    The Spruce
  6. Bake at 350 F for 12 to 15 minutes, until it flakes and separates easily with a fork.

    Baked Tilapia With Garlic Butter
     The Spruce
  7. Enjoy!


  • Cook fish to a temperature of 145 F or until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily with a fork. If you aren't serving the fish immediately, keep it warm in a 200 F oven or warming drawer.
  • To lessen the problem of fish flaking and falling apart, cook it in small individual au gratin baking dishes you can serve at the table.