Tilapia With Balsamic Butter Sauce

Total Time
Prep 1 min
Cook 10 mins

From Bon Appetit Best of the Year - quick, easy & delicious!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Simmer vinegar and garlic in a small heavy saucepan over medium heat until reduced to a thick syrup, about 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over high heat and season fish with salt & pepper; saute until golden, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Cut butter into 1/2 inch cubes and whisk into saucepan one piece at a time.
  4. Serve fish drizzled with sauce.
Most Helpful

This sauce was fabulous, and it couldn't possibly be easier to prepare. I just baked my tilapia and poured this rich, brown sauce over the top...perfect. I don't use a very expensive balsamic vinegar (I wish I could afford it! :) ) but this was even good with a mid-priced vinegar. Thanks so much for posting this! PS I used unsalted butter as suggested, and I would strongly recommend that future cooks do the same...the sauce somehow has a salty taste without that extra salt added.

Aunt Cookie February 22, 2007

We really liked the sauce. It IS good. We just thought that Tilapia is too mild a fish to stand up to this strong of a sauce. Balsamic vinegar on it's own is strong enough, but as a reduction, it packs quite a whallop. I used 25 year old aged Balsamic vinegar, so maybe the problem was mine...the longer the age, the stronger the vinegar. But, I did make it again last night as a sauce for a pork roast. Outstanding !

Echo0502 July 31, 2009

I don't think it needs to be reduced. I only used like a T butter. We liked it, but prefer lemony tilapia.

Anabanna March 31, 2014