Tilapia Recipe with Lemon Butter Sauce

Tilapia and lemon
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  • Total: 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings

Tilapia is a mild, sweet-tasting fish that's appealing to kids. For this tilapia recipe, the tilapia fish is pan-fried, then sauteed in a bright lemon butter sauce.

Serve this pan-fried tilapia with scalloped potatoes or roasted potatoes and spinach salad.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon. kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 (6 ounces) tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat olive oil in a large (14-inch) skillet over medium- to medium-high heat.

  2. Whisk eggs in a shallow dish. Set aside.

  3. Whisk together flour, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Spread out in an even layer on a plate.

  4. Dip each tilapia fillet into the egg, then the flour mixture, shaking off the excess.

  5. Place in the heated olive oil. Pan-fry for 5-6 minutes. Flip, then continue to cook until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

  6. Remove fish to a plate. Add lemon juice and apple juice to the skillet. Stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add butter.

  7. When butter is melted, return fish to the skillet. Cook another 1-2 minutes, spooning sauce over fish to coat.