Tilapia With Cilantro Cream

Tilapia With Cilantro Cream Sauce
Diana Rattray
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
481 Calories
32g Fat
3g Carbs
46g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 481
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 32g 41%
Saturated Fat 18g 88%
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 259mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 46g
Vitamin C 4mg 19%
Calcium 73mg 6%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 741mg 16%
*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 lean, delicious tilapia is a snap to prepare and bake. The fish takes just minutes to fix and cook. The fillets are served with a tasty green onion, lime, cilantro cream sauce. Serve the fish the sauce and hot cooked rice or baked or roasted potatoes. Add steamed vegetables for a perfect family meal.

A serving of fish, according to the American Heart Association, is about the size of a checkbook, or about 3.5 ounces cooked. They recommend two servings of fish a week. As an added bonus, tilapia is not only mild and budget-friendly, it's low in mercury.


  • 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted

  • Salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 2 medium scallions, thinly sliced

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 375 F (190 C / Gas 5).

  2. Line a baking pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Brush the tilapia fillets lightly with butter and arrange in the prepared pan. Sprinkle the fillets lightly with salt and pepper.

  4. Bake the fish for about 20 minutes, or until the tilapia is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. 

  5. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat; sauté the garlic and onion for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Simmer for about 3 to 4 minutes to reduce slightly.

  6. Stir in the fresh chopped cilantro, lime juice, and zest, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for about 1 minute longer.

  7. Drizzle some of the sauce over each serving of fish.

    tilapia with cilantro cream sauce on a plate
     Diana Rattray

Serves 4.

Tips and Variations

  • If you aren't a fan of cilantro, substitute chopped fresh parsley in the recipe.