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Pan Seared Tilapia on a serving tray with lime wedges
Pan Seared Tilapia
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Pan Seared Tilapia is a great way to cook tilapia fillets to taste really good! Trust me, you will want to double this recipe. I tested the recipe using 1 pound of fillets but my family of 2 adults and 3 kids finished 2 pounds at one go! The fish is out-of-this-world good!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Pan Seared Tilapia
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 158 kcal
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets 4 fillets
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  1. Place fillets on a large plate then rub the salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, dried basil and olive oil all over them.

  2. In a skillet (preferably cast iron) heat 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat for about 3 minutes. Turn down the heat to medium then add two fillets to the pan. Let them cook on one side for about 4 minutes then flip to the other side and let them cook for another 3-4 minutes.

    Repeat the process with the remaining fillets and oil.

  3. Serve warm with some lime wedges on the side for squeezing over the fish as needed. I love to serve this fish with my Mango Avocado Salsa on the side! You could also break it up and use in tacos or serve with any side dish you like. Enjoy, friends!

Recipe Notes

Use completely defrosted fillets for this recipe. I defrosted my fish in the fridge for 24 hours but you can all place the fish fillets in a Ziploc bag then place in a bowl of water to quickly defrost. Defrosting the fish completely ensures that the fillets cook evenly.