Tilapia With Dill and Sour Cream

Tilapia with sour cream dill sauce

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 3 to 4 Servings

This baked tilapia is quick and easy to prepare, and the mild and delicious fillets bake in about 15 minutes. The sour cream sauce flavors the mild tilapia fillets perfectly. It's best with fresh dill and parsley, but you can substitute a teaspoon or two of dried dill in a pinch.

Roasted potatoes are a nice side dish to serve with the tilapia, or serve the fish with rice and a side vegetable or salad.

Allow about 4 to 6 ounces of tilapia per serving.


  • 6 to 8 fillets tilapia (about 4 ounces each)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons onion (red, finely chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dill (fresh, finely chopped)
  • 2 teaspoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice​ ​(fresh)

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.

  2. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish or a baking dish large enough to hold the tilapia in a single layer.

  3. Arrange the tilapia fillets in the baking dish; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  4. In a bowl, combine the sour cream, mayonnaise, onion, dill, parsley, and lemon juice; spread the mixture evenly over the fish fillets.

  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.


  • To minimize a fishy odor, soak fillets in buttermilk for about 15 minutes, or soak it in a mixture of milk and lemon juice - about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice per cup of milk. Rubbing the fish with a little lemon juice or lime juice might also help.
  • If you won't be serving the fish immediately, keep it warm in a preheated 200 F oven.