Pan Fried Tilapia with Lime

August 14, 2012

Here’s a quick and easy way to prepare any mild, flaky fish.  This time it’s tilapia because it’s easy to pick up decent, fresh and reasonably-priced tilapia at the local supermarket.  Mahi-mahi or grouper would be great too, when there’s time for a trip to the fish market.

Also,  any citrus would work here.  I had a bag of limes on hand but lemon or orange would be good.  Or mix it up and use a combination.

  •  Tilapia Filets, 4
  • Limes, 4 or 5
  • Flour, 1/2 cup
  • Salt
  • Cayenne
  • Butter, 4  to 6 tablespoons

Juice all but one lime.  In a shallow bowl, combine the flour with a little salt and cayenne.

Heat 2 to 4 tablespoons of butter (enough to cover the bottom of the skillet) in a large non-stick skillet over medium to medium-high heat.  While it’s melting lightly coat the fish in the flour mixture.

Once the butter is bubbly and just beginning to brown, add the fish in a single layer.

Let it cool until the edges are white and the underside is beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.  The time will vary depending on the thickness of the filets.

Carefully turn the fish and continue cooking for another 3 minutes or so, until it’s done.  Slide it out of the pan onto a serving platter and set it aside.

Add the lime juice and a couple of tablespoons of butter to the pan and let it cook until it’s reduced a bit.  Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if you like.

Pour the sauce over the fish and garnish with the remaining lime.

Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angel August 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I like to cut the bloodline out… It makes the fish taste better if removed…. Just saying! Works for me!


2 karenbove August 14, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for the reminder. I so seldom get to cook fish that I tend to forget.


3 Angel August 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Yum!!! One of Our Favorites!


4 Cyndi Gonzalez August 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I picked up all the ingredients to make this….wish me luck!


5 karenbove August 16, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Good luck! I think you’ll like it.


6 TeddiBear April 5, 2014 at 6:31 pm

My husband found this recipe (not sure how since he gets a lot of stuff off facebook), but I wanted to compliment you on how delicious it is! This is one of our go tos for tilapia and I would say we probably do it once every 3-4 months or so. :) Thanks for creating such a wonderful, flavorful fish dish!


7 karenbove April 6, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Thanks! It’s a favorite here too because it’s tasty and easy. It’s on my menu this week.


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