Lime and Basil Tilapia Recipe

Tilapia fillets Mike Kemp / Getty Images
Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
251 Calories
14g Fat
6g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 251
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 64mg 21%
Sodium 839mg 36%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 24g
Calcium 56mg 4%
*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.)

The combination of lime and basil really adds flavor to the tilapia. This dish can either be eaten along with grilled vegetables or sliced and served in tacos or over rice.


  • 4 tilapia fillets (about 1 pound)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Zest of 2 limes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, minced
  • 2 teaspoons bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Black pepper to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, lime zest, fresh basil, bourbon, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Place tilapia fillets in a resealable plastic bag and pour marinade over top. Make sure all surfaces are coated well with the marinade. Seal bag and refrigerator for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

  3. Remove fish from bag and pour marinade into a saucepan. Bring marinade to a boil, immediately reduce heat and let simmer on low for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and keep warm.

  4. Grill tilapia fillets for 3 to 5 minutes per side over high heat. When fish reaches an internal temperature of 145 F. and appears opaque in color, remove from grill and serve with a few spoonfuls of marinade drizzled over top.

  5. If using the fish for tacos. Skip the last step and brush the tilapia with the cooked marinade as it cooks.  Remove from heat once done and flake into bite-sized pieces.