The title of this recipe is misleading because there is very little butter per serving, however, a little goes a long way with tilapia.  And my kids gobble up fish cooked this way.  I’ve even quit telling them it’s chicken….


By the way, if you’re doing the whole “clean eating” thing, just leave out the butter.  However, even with the butter, this is a healthy meal, especially when paired with broccoli and a salad. A little rice gives you a few carbs, too.  Balance is the key!


Lemon Butter Tilapia


4-5 tilapia filets (I use frozen)

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper to taste

juice of one lemon

1 tablespoon butter

parsley and green onions, for garnish


In a nonstick pan, heat oil on high until hot.  Pat the fish dry with paper towels, and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper (tilapia has no flavor and needs seasoning).  Cook on one side about 3 minutes, or until brown.  Flip the fish and brown on the other side, about 3 minutes.  Remove fish from pan, and melt butter in same pan over low heat until melted.  Add lemon juice and return fish to pan.  Coat fish with lemon butter, sprinkle in parsley and green onions, and serve with brown rice.