Pan Fried Lemon Tilapia

Pan Fried Lemon Tilapia-so easy and so delicious, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!!

Just so you have an idea about my cooking ability when I first got married, the first book my hubby bought me early in our relationship was called “How to Boil Water“, and let me tell you-it was a real page turner!

Really, I didn’t know the first think about cooking back then. I wanted to make him dinner one night so I went to my mom for help. She gave me this simple fool-proof recipe that is delicious and easy.

So give this recipe a go on a night when you don’t have much time to cook.  It will be worth it.

Pan Fried Lemon Tilapia
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Fish
Serves: 2

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • Juice of half a lemon (about 1 and ½ tablespoons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon capers, or some kalamata olives
  • ¼ cup roasted almonds, or pecans, or cashews, get the idea.

  1. Combine the oil, lemon juice, garlic, and oregano in a Ziploc bag. Also add capers or olives, if using. Add fish and marinate for half an hour.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium/high heat. Add a little olive oil.
  3. Add the marinade and the fish to the skillet.
  4. Pan fry the tilapia fillets for about 1-2 minutes on each side.
  5. Serve with roasted almonds on the top.

This quick and easy Pan Fried Lemon Tilapia is a hit in our house!



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