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.

Yield: 4

Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce Recipe

Total Time 12 minutes
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce makes a delicious, quick-fix meal for lunch or supper. Ready in 12 minutes or less.
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  • olive oil
  • 4 Tilapia filets thawed
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lemons sliced thinly
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary


  1. 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.
Nutrition Facts
Tilapia with Browned Butter and Lemon Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 189mg 8%
Potassium 587mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 7%
Vitamin C 34.7%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 7.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch


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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