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tasty sauteed tilapia

(5 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Bea L.
Emerald Isle, NC

A couple of years ago my husband and I were in Sam's Club, and a vendor was cooking tilapia for the customers to sample. That was the best tilapia I had ever had, so he told me how he cooked them, and I've been doing it this way ever since.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Tilapia is a mild-flavored fish, so the seasonings in this recipe add the right amount of flavor. Once pan-fried, the tilapia is tender and flaky. It's a simple way to prepare fish for an easy weeknight meal.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(5 ratings)
yield 4 serving(s)
prep time 5 Min
cook time 12 Min
method Saute

Ingredients For tasty sauteed tilapia

  • 4
    tilapia fillets
  • 1 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp
    black pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 c
    olive oil (I use extra virgin)

How To Make tasty sauteed tilapia

  • Olive oil and butter in a pan.
    Cover bottom of skillet with oil. I like using extra virgin olive oil aka/EVOO with this dish but any oil should work. I just feel it's a little healthier. Sometimes I add a pat of butter to the oil as well. This gives it a nice flavor. Heat it up before putting in the fish.
  • Washed tilapia on a cutting board.
    Wash fillets and pat dry with a paper towel. This will help the seasonings to stick to the fillets better.
  • Seasoning the tilapia.
    Sprinkle on the seasonings on both sides.
  • Pan-frying the tilapia.
    Place fillets into the hot oil on low to medium heat. Cook for approximately 5 to 6 minutes. (This depends on the size and thickness of the fillets). Flip each fillet and cook for approximately 5 additional minutes. Flip once more and cook for approximately one minute or less and plate them up.
  • Drizzling pan sauce over the tilapia.
    I like spooning the extra-seasoned EVOO sauce over my fillets. This is so yummy to dip your bread in. You can certainly use your favorite seasonings instead of the ones I use.