Balsamic Browned Butter over Tilapia Fillets

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins

This recipe comes from the queen of tasty, fast and simple-to-prepare meals - Rachael Ray. We could eat this every day (if it weren't for the butter!)

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Salt and pepper the fish and dredge in the flour. Shake off any extra flour.
  2. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Pan fry the fish for 4 minutes per side.
  4. Remove fish and set aside, but keep it warm.
  5. Brown the butter slowly over medium heat.
  6. Add balsamic vinegar.
  7. Simmer until volume reduces by half. It should be somewhat like a syrup, but not that thick.
  8. Pour over tilapia fillets and serve immediately.
  9. Healthier Ideas: Try baking the tilapia for less fat. (Not sure what to suggest about the butter! LOL!).


Most Helpful

My family loved this recipe. We eat tilapia like others eat chicken and I needed an easy and quick recipe to whip up for a busy weeknight. No need to change a thing. The fish was crispy and flavorful with just the salt and pepper seasoning, and the balsamic butter blend was velvety and rich tasting and had such a wonderful aroma. It was a perfect sauce over the fish. I served it with cooked red-skinned potatoes and a sauteed vegetable blend. I made sure the potatoes or the vegetables were lightly seasoned so as not to overpower the wonderful entree. I plan to add this recipe to my regular monthly menu. Thank you for sharing Tia!

Dorichan January 22, 2009

This was excellent! Tia took out the extra effort it usually takes for a Rachael Ray recipe. Love many of Rachael's recipes but her ingredient list normally includes everything she uses to make the main course along with a side or two so it was nice to find this recipe drilled down to only the tilapia dish ingredients. Only change I made was, in addition to salting and peppering the tilapia lightly, I also added a little more salt and pepper to the flour along with a little garlic powder. Just the way it's always been done in my family and it worked well with this. Thanks Tia!

Little_Sister November 13, 2008

I am NOT a Rachel fan but I really love this recipe so I have to give credit where credit is due! The browned butter and vinegar make a terrific sauce, so easy, and tastes absolutely amazing.

kjshay October 25, 2008

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