Prepare time: 10 min
Cook: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min

Tilapia naturally tastes bland. However, this recipe makes sure the fillet has the perfect savory taste, and it is covered with golden crisp crust on the outside. This coating elevates the dish so much, so you will want even more than one. Paired with herbs and veggies, this fish will make a perfect weekend dinner.

How to Make Pan-Fried Tilapia

The key to the delicious taste will be on rich seasoning for the fish. In addition to it, make the coating properly to add taste as well as texture on your dish. To balance the fatty taste, serve it with any vegetable salad, lime wedges, or any other condiment and dressing.


  • 4 pieces of tilapia fillets, about 6 oz
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable or canola oil
  • Black pepper, freshly ground
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 cup of all purpose flour
  • Lime wedges or any vegetable salad on the side, optional


1Take the tilapia fillets and season it with pepper and salt. Set aside for around a half hour. Meanwhile into a large mixing bowl, add together cumin, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and flour. Whisk them all to combine. Set aside.

2Prepare a baking sheet, or a plate in alternative. When it is time, dip the tilapia fillets on by one into the flour mixture. Shake a little bit to remove excess flour and then transfer it to the baking sheet or plate. Set aside.

3Now let’s use a large skillet. Add the oil and set to medium heat. When the oil is hot, add two fillets side by side. Cook each side of the fillets for around four minutes or until it turns golden brown. When the tilapia flakes as you use the fork, you are ready to flip it and cook the other side. Repeat this to the remaining fillets. Serve with lime wedges, cilantro, or any salad you like.

While this fillet is actually cheap, this recipe makes sure you forget the price and think about this dish as a masterpiece. The rich taste makes it an elegant dish, serving you the best on dinner date without a hustle.