20 Easy Tilapia Recipes

Tilapia is known as one of the leanest types of fish you can eat and it's so easy to make it taste delicious. Whether you're packing it with citrus in foil or breading it with nuts for a low-carb dinner, it's an easy option for any weeknight.

Parmesan-Crusted Tilapia

“A very yummy recipe, and was easy to make. I typically don’t cook tilapia but will make this recipe again as my family really loved it!”


Survivor-Inspired Tropical Tilapia

A tropical meal with creamy coconut couscous risotto, seared tilapia and fresh dill!

Seared Lemon Pepper Tilapia With Creamy Pumpkin Seed Vinaigrette

A lemon pepper-breaded tilapia filet with a tangy pumpkin seed vinaigrette, topped with pomegranate seeds for bursts of sweet flavor!

Cajun-Spiced Tilapia

“This was really good! I like spicy so I added a bit more cayenne, but the spices in general were spot on!”


Tilapia Al Ajillo

“Delicious, easy and healthy! I only had one thin tilapia fillet, which I knew would cook through quickly so I put one clove of sliced garlic in at the same time as the fish. They were both done perfectly!”


Pan-Fried & Seasoned Tilapia

“Easy, fast and so tasty! I always have frozen tilapia handy and a vegetable medley to serve alongside. The whole meal is on the table within 45 minutes. I soaked the tilapia in a dish of low-fat milk for a few minutes to allow it to fully defrost before coating it with spices.”

-Rita K.

Mildly Lemony Tilapia

"Fast and easy with a very mild flavor. It hit the spot!"


Foil-Pack Tilapia With Lemon, Rosemary & Tomato

"A tasty, healthy main dish with easy cleanup. What's not to love? Lemon and rosemary go so well with this delicate fish. While the fish was baking, I made a rice pilaf and steamed asparagus on the stove top. A delightful meal!"


Bronzed Tilapia

“Everyone, including my four kids, loved this! It was super easy to make.”


Tuscan Tilapia

A creamy tomato-basil sauce drizzled over seared tilapia, on a bed of flavorful rice!

Zesty Grilled Tilapia

"This has nice flavors. What a great way to have fish. The orange flavor is present, with a bit of heat in the background. It's very easy to prepare. I used the oven and broiled mine instead of grilling!”

-Recipe Reader

Creamy Crab-Topped Tilapia

“A really great recipe! The sauce is rich but balances perfectly with the wild rice.”

-Karlene M.

Grilled Tilapia

“This was judged wonderfully by my family. The fish had just the right seasonings and the garlic aioli pushed it over the top. I served it with parsley-buttered baby Yukon golds, and by listening to all the noises coming from everyone at the table, it will definitely be a repeat!”

-Michelle S.

Baked Parmesan Tilapia

“My daughter and I loved this! She’s 10 years old, so I recommend to people with kids. It was very inexpensive!”

-Curtis C.

Tortilla-Crusted Tilapia

“I made this tonight along with jalapeño corn slaw and southwest spaghetti squash. It was a delightful dinner. This fish recipe is added to my regular rotation!”

-Joycee Troyer

Pesto-Crusted Tilapia

“This has become my go-to tilapia recipe! It’s easy enough to make even when I come home tired from work. Super delicious!”

-Chef Raf

Cajun-Rubbed Tilapia

A cajun spice rub with the perfect amount of sweetness, massaged into fresh tilapia fish and seared to perfection.

Seared Tilapia With Fried Jalapeno & Lemon

Tilapia fillets rubbed with cajun seasoning, seared to crispy perfection and topped with bright lemon zest and crunchy fried jalapeños!

Tilapia Fish Tacos

“The best tacos ever! It has sautéed jalapeños, onions, bell peppers and garlic. Simple and amazing!”


Pecan-Crusted Tilapia

“Excellent recipe! I didn't have any buttermilk so I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to a 1/2 cup of half and half. My husband loved it and he usually avoids tilapia.”