Quick Easy: Pan-seared Tilapia


This pan-seared tilapia  is  a quick and easy dish.  It is delicious, and savory dish.   Serve fish with soy sauce, lime, hot sauce, steamed rice, vegetables, and soups (Carrots with chicken sausage soup).


  • 1 1/2 lb  tilapia filets
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon of  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic power
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper


  1. Rinse tilapia fillets in cold water and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, mix well salt, and all spices.  Sprinkle the spice rub evenly over both sides of the tilapia fillets.
  2. Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick pan. Cook the fillets for 2-3 minutes on each side until reddish-brown on the outside and flaky on the inside. Do not overcook fish.
  3. Serve immediately. Note that, I like crunchy tilapia, so the fish does not look moist in the picture.
  4. Making butter sauce (optional), adapt from Sandra Lee’s recipe
    Turn down the heat to the pan the tilapia was cooked to low and add 2 tablespoons of the butter. When the butter is melted, add 2 cloves of chopped garlic, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley  and saute for 2 minutes. Place the fillets on serving plates, top with the sauce and serve.


  1. Recipes from Sandra Lee – pan-fried-tilapia – Food Network

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