Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce originally came from a recipe I found when we were shopping at Publix when we lived in Florida. It’s funny, I never knew that it would be possible to miss a grocery store until we moved to Texas. They haven’t even heard of Publix stores here!

Anyway, when we would go grocery shopping, they always had a turn-style holder with a bunch of free recipe cards that you could take, and we always looked through them. I am not a big fan of fish, but Justin enjoys it. I compromise by getting tilapia, it’s a very mild fish, and I can eat that.

We decided to get the ingredients for this recipe while we were at the store and try it. Whenever we are looking for a nice, light meal, this always delivers. The lemon butter sauce is not heavy since it isn’t a cream, and has just enough flavor, but isn’t overpowering.

The original recipe said to make it with some angel hair pasta, and we often do. Sometimes we have just the fish, but others we have some kind of pasta with it as our side. This also goes great with some steamed vegetables, especially if you double the sauce and have enough to pour over the pasta and veggies. Or, a side that goes with almost any seafood recipe is cheddar biscuits.

Step by Step

Preheat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the seasoned salt and 3 tsp of flour in a large zip-top bag or mixing bowl with a lid. Shake to mix.

Add the tilapia fillets to the flour mixture and shake again to coat the fish.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Place 1 tbsp of butter in the pan, then add the fish.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then add another 1 tbsp of butter.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Flip the tilapia and cook another 3-5 minutes, or until the fish is golden and flaky.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Remove the fish from the pan and cover to keep it warm.

Pour the white wine, 1 tbsp of butter, 1 tsp of flour, and lemon juice into the pan.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Heat and stir for 1-2 minutes or until it has thickened. Stir in the parsley.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Serve the fish warm with the butter sauce drizzled on top.

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

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Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: butter, fish, lemon, tilapia
Servings: 4
5 from 3 votes


  • 1 tsp seasoned salt
  • 4 tsp flour
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp parsley


  • Preheat large saute pan on medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes
  • Place seasoned salt and 3 tsp flour in large ziplock bag and shake to mix
  • Add fish and shake to coat
  • Place 1 tbsp butter in pan, then add fish
  • Cook 3 minutes then add 1 tbsp butter
  • Flip fillets and cook 3 more minutes or until fish is golden and flakes easily
  • Remove fish from pan and cover to keep warm
  • Add wine, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tsp flour, and lemon juice to pan
  • Heat and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened
  • Stir in parsley and serve butter sauce over fish


Src: http://www.publix.com/aprons-recipes/tilapia-with-lemon-butter-sauce-and-angel-hair-fresca
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18 thoughts on “Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce”

  1. Oh, I loooooove those spinning recipe-card thingies! I have gotten some REALLY good recipes from those, but they don’t have them where I live now, either. This, though, sounds like a super recipe that my daughter who claims she dislikes fish would actually like!

  2. It does look amazing. And I can see that a good pasta with a white wine sauce might be good. But I’m with you and would probably go the steamed veggies route. Healthy and delicious.

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