Tilapia in Mustard Cream Sauce

Marvin Beachler


I've had rave reviews for this dish, even from fish haters. I usually serve this over a bed of freshly cooked spinach. The combination is great. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and friends.

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This was a delightful surprise! The wine reduction sauce is full of flavor and a great complement to the mild tilapia. The mustard and Italian dressing give it a zesty and tangy flavor, but the cream balances it out. The sauce is also very rich so a little bit goes a long way. Capers add a touch of savoriness to the dish. Steaming the fish cooks it to flaky perfection. Even though this looks fancy, it's pretty easy to create and guaranteed to impress.

Note: We opted to serve this over a bed of steamed spinach and it was delicious. Also, while the sauce cooked we kept the tilapia in the oven on a Keep Warm setting. If your oven does not have that, just turn the temp to as low as your oven will go. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


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  • 8-10
    medium tilapia fillets
  • 3 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 c
    onion, sliced
  • 3 c
    mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 c
    dry white wine
  • 3/4 c
    zesty Italian dressing (bottled)
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp
    Dijon or beer mustard
  • 1/4 c
    heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp

How to Make Tilapia in Mustard Cream Sauce


  1. Carefully wash tilapia, pat dry with paper towels, set aside.
  2. Place olive oil into large heavy bottomed frying pan. Saute garlic for 30 seconds over medium high heat then add onions, stir frequently. When onions are translucent add mushrooms and saute an additional 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Carefully place tilapia on top of sauteed vegetables. Allow them to steam-cook for 2 minutes. You may need to add a little water to make sure the fish steams.
  4. Carefully turn the fish to steam the other side for 2 minutes.
  5. Place the tilapia in an oven-proof dish, cover and place in the oven, just to keep warm.
  6. Meanwhile, increase the heat under the vegetables, to medium-high. Add wine and allow the liquid to evaporate.
  7. Add Italian dressing and reduce heat to simmer for 5 minutes.
  8. Add mustard, stir until blended.
  9. Add cream.
  10. Stir until blended. Note: Do not boil as the cream will separate.
  11. Return tilapia to pan and heat until fish is hot.
  12. Add capers.

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About Tilapia in Mustard Cream Sauce

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American

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