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Lemon Rosemary Tilapia

Quick and easy recipe for tilapia covered with a lemon rosemary rub and a side salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing is a perfect weeknight meal.

We almost always have some tilapia in the freezer for those days that we aren’t sure what to make for dinner. There are a few staple recipes that we use for the fish, but every now and then decide to branch out and make something new. That’s how this Lemon Rosemary Tilapia recipe came about.

A few months ago, I did a slow cooker meal prep party with my neighbor who sells Pampered Chef. With this party, I also got a few of the seasonings and one of our favorites is the Lemon Rosemary rub. I like it on more than just meat. It’s also great for sprinkling on veggies as well.

**The Lemon Rosemary is not available anymore, but it was replaced with their Rosemary Herb seasoning mix. If you don’t have a Pampered Chef consultant, you can reach out to my wonderful friend and neighbor Lynee through email here and she would be able to help you with this and any other amazing items you may want. We have also made adjustments to the recipe to accommodate for not having more of the Lemon Rosemary rub.

But our favorite way to use the lemon rosemary is on fish. There’s something about lemon that just goes so well with seafood! And, as I’ve mentioned before, tilapia is one of the only types of fish I will eat.

We often have tilapia in the freezer because it is great for nights that we need a quick dinner or those nights that we forget to take something out. And this was one of those nights when we forgot to take something out, so tilapia it is. The only problem: we were also out of the ingredients for most of our meals. So, we experiment.

Actually, this was Justin’s experimentation, and it was a delicious one. He found this recipe for a lemon vinaigrette and made that to go on a salad with the fish. That was what inspired the lemon on the tilapia, and he just kept going from there.

Step by Step

Start by thawing the tilapia. Then heat some olive oil in a medium frying pan. Once the oil is warm, add the fish to the pan and season with lemon juice and rosemary.

Meanwhile, if you are eating the fish with a salad and the lemon vinaigrette dressing, whisk together all of the ingredients to make the dressing and prepare your salad.

When the fish is almost done, after flipping at least once, add a bit of lemon zest to the fish and top with sliced lemon.

Serve the fish warm with a salad on the side. I also added a bit of the lemon vinaigrette on my tilapia and it was delicious!


Originally Published On: May 17, 2019

Top-down view of Lemon Rosemary Tilapia on a marbled plate with salad beside it on a grey marbled surface with a towel and glass of water

Lemon Rosemary Tilapia

Quick and easy recipe for tilapia covered with a lemon rosemary rub and a side salad with lemon vinaigrette dressing is a perfect weeknight meal.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fish, lemon, rosemary, seafood
Servings: 2 servings
4.86 from 7 votes


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tilapia filets
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 lemon (sliced)
  • lettuce (for side salad)
Lemon Vinaigrette
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • pepper (to taste)


  • In a medium pan, heat olive oil over medium heat until warm
  • Add fish to pan and season with lemon juice and rosemary
  • Meanwhile, whisk all ingredients for the lemon vinaigrette together 
  • When the fish is almost done, sprinkle with lemon zest and cover with sliced lemon
  • Serve the fish warm with a side salad drizzled with lemon vinaigrette or use the vinaigrette on the fish


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Nutrition Facts
Lemon Rosemary Tilapia
Amount Per Serving
Calories 506 Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 587mg17%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 37.4mg45%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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38 thoughts on “Lemon Rosemary Tilapia”

  1. theclutterboxblog

    Lemon anything is one of my most favorite things to eat. But I have never put lemon and rosemary together! Definitely gonna try this!

  2. Yum! I almost always order fish when I go out to restaurants, but have never actually purchased tilapia to make at home. Likely because I feel like tilapia is a fish that can be a little bland if you don’t know how to properly season it. This looks delicious so I can’t wait to try it out!! You’re right, lemon is definitely the best pairing for fish!

  3. This Lemon Rosemary Tilapia looks new for me I can’t wait to try this recipe. Tilapia is one of my favorite fish recipe yummy!

  4. Oooooo I’m always looking for new seafood recipes to try!!!!! I’ve never attempted to make tilapia. Might just give your recipe a try

  5. Rosemary is one of my favourite herbs to season fish! and that lemon-rosemary seasoning sounds so good. I will give it a try soon!

  6. Anything with a dash of lemon on it gets my attention. It always adds a level of freshness and taste to a dish.

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