Honey Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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Honey Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia

Trying to eat healthy can be a struggle and expensive.  We try to eat mostly lean meats and fish, like tilapia, when we’re at home, saving other more expensive options for a special occasion or when we visit the in-laws (It seems like they are always busy cooking up steaks, roasts and hams).  

I really love tilapia as a fish option for us.  It’s a delicious white fish that doesn’t have a fishy taste.  I actually recommend it to people who say they don’t like fish because it’s flavour is so mild and it goes well with so many sauces. 

Honey Lemon Garlic TilapiaIt’s also easy on the wallet.  I usually can find a 8 pack of frozen tilapia fillets for around $9, which is an excellent price.  It’s also high in protein and low in calories.  So for those of us who are watching our weight or trying to lose a few pounds, it’s a great option coming in at around 110 calories a fillet.

Tilapia was one of the first “meats” our little Alexie tried.  While her first bites were very plain, she loved it.  She has always had a good appetite but once she got a taste of fish, it opened up a whole new world to her.  That first night, she ate almost my entire fillet, sending me back for seconds.   

Honey Lemon Garlic TilapiaThere are several ways to cook tilapia, but this one is a favourite around here.  It’s simple, fresh and delicious.  It also works great with other fish including salmon and sole.  And while I’m not usually one to make a sauce on the stovetop, this is definitely worth it.  Sautéing the garlic takes a little of the bite out and helps it blend better with other flavours.  Try it and I’m sure tilapia will become one of your favourite fish.



  • 4 cloves of garlic, choppedHoney Lemon Garlic Tilapia
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4-6 tilapia fillets, fresh or thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. In a small saucepan, melt butter.
  3. Add garlic and sautée for about a minute
  4. Add lemon juice, honey, parsley and stir.  Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes and then remove from heat
  5. Place fillets in a glass baking dish and pour the lemon sauce over them.  Cover with foil and bake for 15-18 minutes
  6. Remove foil, and use a spoon to baste the fillets, pouring the extra juice over them
  7. Return to oven and broil for 1-2 minutes until the tops start to brown.
  8. Remove and serve.

Honey Lemon Garlic Tilapia

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  • Reply
    June 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    2 teaspoons of butter? is that right, or did you mean tablespoons?

    • Reply
      June 24, 2017 at 3:15 pm

      No, 2 teaspoons. Just enough to sautee the garlic. The lemon juice will make the bulk of the sauce.

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