Tilapia with Quick Olive Topping Recipe

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I was craving olives yesterday something terrible. I’m sure there has to be an article somewhere on the internet that would say I’m missing a vital nutrient or mineral or salt or exercise or water or something like that, but I think I was just missing olives. The green ones stuffed with pimentos.

Have you ever tried to open a jar of those fellas?

I think they have the strongest robot in all the land screwing those tops on their jars. I banged and banged, ran the jar under hot water, twisted and turned, made terrible faces, and even stuck my tongue out in an all out effort to get into those babies. Luckily, just as I was about to take it outside to just knock the top of with brute force, my darling husband arrived home from work to rescue me from my olive situation – after he’d laughed for about 10 minutes straight.

Then, we decided that I really do need to work on my arm strength after my 10 year old son said he could have easily opened the jar for me but was just having way too much fun watching me.


After an olive or two, I decided I should just toss them into supper. That way I’d surely answer my craving and it would make a great topping for our fish.


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Here’s how I did it.

Tilapia with Quick Olive Topping Recipe

Tilapia with Quick Olive Topping is ready in minutes and perfect for a quick and easy weeknight supper.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Servings: 4
Calories: 0
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 cup olives chopped


  • Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Drizzle in olive oil and add tilapia to the skillet. Cook until opaque throughout and then turn once, about 3-5 minutes. Cook for another few minutes and remove to a serving dish.
  • In the same skillet, add onions and garlic. Saute until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add in chopped olives and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the skillet and spoon on top of the tilapia or serve separately.

If you like olives, you’ll love it.


10 comments on “Tilapia with Quick Olive Topping Recipe”

  1. Oh goodness. What a mouth-watering recipe. I love the flavorful topping to add to the tilapia. Now, I’m craving some olives too.

  2. I simply adore this olive topping. What a great addition to fish, too. Great weeknight meal!

  3. This looks so tasty. I eat olives straight from the jar all the time so this is right up my alley.

  4. We love olives and tilapia, so this is perfect!!!! But, gotta add some black olives to this! Thanks for a quick, easy, and delicious recipe!

  5. Robyn, YUM! That looks and sounds amazing. Sometimes I just can’t get enough olives!

  6. So light and luscious. Love the olive topping Robyn.

  7. This looks soooo good! I love green olives too!

  8. Sometimes you just can’t get a good grip, so I use rubber bands. Put one on the lid and one on the jar; it works just about every time.

  9. I love tilapia, it’s so simple and can be paired with so many flavors.

  10. Tilapia is my favorite fish. I have been trying to eat fish a least a couple times of week. Fish is so healthy and I have so many low calorie recipes that are delicious.

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