How to Bake Tilapia

Three Parts:Defrost TilapiaPrepare IngredientsBake Tilapia Fillets

Tilapia is a mild, white fish that is harvested in freshwater environments. The term "tilapia" is used to describe over 100 species of fish. Baking tilapia with seasonings can create both a healthy and quick meal. Learn how to bake tilapia.

Part 1
Defrost Tilapia

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    Buy 4 tilapia fillets. Most tilapia will be stored frozen to maintain freshness.
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    Place the tilapia fillets in a sealed bag in the refrigerator overnight. This is the recommended way to maintain sanitary conditions without losing taste.
    • Defrost tilapia fillets more quickly by placing the plastic container in a bowl and running cool water over them. Allow them to sit in the cool water for 20 minutes before cooking.

Part 2
Prepare Ingredients

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    Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius).
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    Place a glass or cast iron baking dish on your counter.
    • Spray the cast iron or glass dish with cooking spray if you plan to use very little butter. This will result in a healthier tilapia recipe.
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    Remove your fish fillets from the refrigerator. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
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    Place the fish fillets inside the baking dish.
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    Mix your ingredients. You can alter the seasonings according to your preferences.
    • Mix 2 tbsp. (30ml) of melted butter with 1/4 tsp. (0.8g) of Old Bay Seasoning and 1/2 tsp. (1.6g) of garlic salt. Pour the mixture over the fillets. Sprinkle lemon juice on the top of them.
    • Mix 2 to 3 tbsp. (30 to 44ml) of melted butter with 2 tbsp. (30ml) of capers, 1.5 tsp. (3g) of garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. (1.6g) of oregano, 1/8 tsp. (0.4g) of paprika and 1/8 tsp. (0.4g) of salt. Add 3 tbsp. (44ml) of lemon juice. Pour the mixture over the fillets in the baking dish.
    • Mix 2 tbsp. (30ml) of olive oil with grated lemon or lime zest and 2 tbsp. (30ml) of citrus juice. Sprinkle the fillets with salt and pepper. Pour the mixture over the fillets.

Part 3
Bake Tilapia Fillets

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    Place the uncovered dish in the preheated oven.
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    Bake for between 7 and 12 minutes, depending upon your elevation and how evenly your oven cooks.
    • You can also cover your dish and cook for approximately 25 minutes.
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    Remove from the oven. Allow the tilapia to rest for 2 minutes. Serve with rice, vegetables or other accompaniments.
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  • You can try several seasoning mixes and marinades on tilapia. This fish is extremely adaptable and can be used with Italian, French, Spanish and other cuisines.

Things You'll Need

  • Tilapia fillets
  • Butter/olive oil/cooking spray
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oven
  • Baking dish
  • Capers
  • Paprika
  • Paper towels
  • Old Bay seasoning
  • Oregano
  • Lemon/lime zest
  • Garlic powder

Article Info

Categories: Fish and Seafood