Prepare time: 5 min
Cook: 15 min
Ready in: 20 min

This is a delicate as well as delicious dish for a nice dinner. The fish will be soft and tender while it tastes creamy, buttery, as well as savory at the same time. You don’t even need to chew it. As soon as you eat it, its creamy seasoning will melt on your tongue, leaving you with desire for another bite.

How to Make Garlicky Lemon Baked Tilapia

As indicated on its name, it needs enough garlic to get the smokey taste. Seasoning the fish at the very first place is essential as tilapia can taste a little bit bland. However this recipe tells you how to season and cover this blandness with creamy and rich sauce. While the steps are actually simple and easy, this should make a sophisticated dish.


  • 4 fillets of tilapia
  • 1 lemon, slice
  • ½ lemon, use only the juice and zest
  • ¼ teaspoon of red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of butter, melt it
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Kosher salt


1Season the tilapia fillets with pepper and salt both sides, and leave it to absorb for around a half hour. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Take a baking sheet and grease all surface, and transfer the fillets into the baking sheet. Set aside.

2Use a small mixing bowl, and add together lemon zest, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, garlic and butter and mix them well. Then, pour the mixture over the tilapia fillets. Take the lemon slices, and put the around the fillets as well as on top of them.

3Bake the fish until its meat gets tender and soft. You can use a fork to test this. If your fork can get in easily, your tilapia is ready. It should take around ten to 12 minutes. When it is ready, take it out, and serve while it is still warm.

You can always serve this aside to your favorite salad, or asparagus with the same sauce on it. While it is cheap, you actually make a sophisticated looking dish. If you plan to serve this for a little dinner party, this will please anyone. The lemon keeps the taste in balance, delivering creamy rich taste with a touch of freshness in it in every bite.