Pan-Seared Tilapia With Chile Lime Butter

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

Nice, fresh-tasting dish that comes together in a snap. Make it even quicker by preparing the chile lime butter ahead of time. It can be made 1 day ahead, covered and chilled. Just make sure to bring to room temperature before using. I like this served atop jasmine rice. -adapted from Gourmet

Ingredients Nutrition

  • For chile lime butter

  • 14 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh serrano chili, including seeds
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • For fish

  • 6 (5 ounce) skinless tilapia fillets
  • 12 teaspoon salt, to taste (I prefer kosher)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  1. Make chile lime butter:.
  2. Stir together butter, shallot, zest, lime juice, chile and salt in a bowl.
  3. Prepare fish:.
  4. Pat fish dry and sprinkle with salt.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until just smoking.
  6. Saute 3 pieces of fish, using a spatula to turn once, until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a plate and saute remaining fish in same manner.
  8. Serve each piece of fish with a dollop of chile lime butter.


Most Helpful

This recipe gave me all sorts of ideas. Due to grocery store and time restraints, I had to substitute garlic for shallots in the butter but it still turned out delicious. I also added a littl eminced garlic to the pan when searing. I took one reviewers suggestion and rubbed the fish with cumin, paprika and chili powder. Paired with a pinot grigio, it was absolutely amazing. Next time I want to add an avacado and tomato salad on top.

lasewell November 02, 2010

I made this tonight and it was pretty good. I added extra lemon juice, plus a dash of cumin and cayenne to give it a little bit more flavor. Comes together very quick. My fish didn't really sear, I think next time I need to really dry it off.

Andrea G. April 22, 2010

A simple option with a complex taste. The butter's flavour is really nice, especially if you cheat and add cilantro to it. Lovely quick and simple.

gourmetronik May 28, 2007

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