Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce Recipe


I made this for lunch yesterday and I think I heard angels singing. Tender, flaky pan-seared Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce topped with a few sprigs of rosemary by far beats my normal throw-together lunch – or supper many nights. In about 12 minutes, from start-to-finish, I had one of the most delicious lunches I have had in a very long time.

Bright and flavorful from the lemon and rosemary and rich from the browned butter, this tilapia is a dish that you can’t help but love.

But 12 minutes or less? Seriously – who wouldn’t simply adore that?

Knowing that this would be a quick-cook meal, I tossed a few spears of asparagus into the skillet with my tilapia as it seared. They finished at the same time, although the asparagus still had a bit of a bite to it – just the way I like it. I spooned the same sauce on top of the asparagus.

It is heavenly. Heavenly.



Here’s my recipe for pan-seared Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce. If you like a mild fish, then this is for you.

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Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce Recipe

Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce makes a delicious, quick-fix meal for lunch or supper. Ready in 12 minutes or less.
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time12 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • olive oil
  • 4 Tilapia filets thawed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lemons sliced thinly
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  • Drizzle olive oil into a skillet over medium-high heat. Add tilapia filets, butter, and lemon slices. Turn fish filets carefully after 4-5 minutes of cooking. Place lemon slices on top of tilapia filets and sprinkle with rosemary sprigs. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes. Remove fish from skillet and spoon browned butter and lemon sauce on top.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 115mg | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 587mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 7% | Vitamin C: 34.7% | Calcium: 3.4% | Iron: 7.1%


Here a few other light fish recipes that I think you might enjoy.

Grilled Halibut with Peach Pepper Salsa from Cooking Light

Herb Stuffed Salmon from Leite’s Culinaria

Harry & David’s Charred Pineapple Salmon from Reluctant Entertainer

14 comments on “Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce Recipe”

  1. Oh, yum! That looks delicious, Robyn! I can see why you’d hear angels singin’!

  2. That looks delicious! I usually like to toss in capers to my lemony fish 🙂

  3. Oh, that looks so good. Love tilapia, but I bet this would work with any fish. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing this one!!!!!!!!

  4. I love how quick most seafood is to cook. This is lovely!

  5. You made this for LUNCH?!?!? You just rocked my world. A glorious, yummy, healthy lunch in about the same amount of time it take me to add chocolate chips to my Greek yogurt?!? I think my life has changed.

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  7. Saw the recipe & had to make it right away. Didn’t have lemon, but I had lime & used that instead. Wow, we have a new favorite. Thanks.

  8. Tried this tonight, it was delicious, thanks for the recipe!

  9. Made this for dinner tonight, I served it on a bed of brown rice and it was so quick and easy and AMAZINGLY full of flavor! Thanks for sharing! Definetly a keeper.

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  11. Just made this for dinner, so quick and easy! It was a delicious and light dinner!

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  13. I have not cooked fresh fish before but this sounds so simple. Pinned it.

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