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Such an easy and delicious fish dish! This Baked Tilapia recipe serves up flaky, tender and super flavorful fish. Coated in a spicy, sweet and zesty marinade, it’s perfect for busy weeknights when you want an easy one pan meal that’s packed with flavor.

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This Baked Tilapia recipe really is a foolproof fish dish! Succulent tilapia is bathed in sriracha, honey, garlic, lemons, chili peppers and a host of other seasonings to create this wonderfully sweet, spicy and zesty one sheet meal. Serve with veggies and rice for an easy weeknight delight!

If you’re after other delicious seafood recipes, why not also try my Caribbean Jerk Fish Bowl, Citrus Salmon Skewers, Healthy Shrimp Stuffed Avocado, or Healthy Oven Baked Cod!

Why you’ll love this Spicy Lemon Baked Tilapia recipe

  • A flavor packed fish marinade. The tilapia takes on all the spices and ingredients from the marinade for a wonderful sweet/savory/spicy combination.
  • An easy fish recipe. This recipe really is foolproof! Simple to prep and it all comes together on one sheet.
  • A healthy meal. Loaded with flavor but low in calories, serve it with some greens and rice for a well balanced weeknight meal.

Ingredients you’ll need

  • Tilapia Fillets
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • Seasoning: Salt, pepper, cumin, paprika.
  • Sriracha
  • Honey
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Chili Peppers
  • Lemon Wedges

How to make this Baked Tilapia recipe

  • Prep the fish – Pat the tilapia dry and arrange on a baking tray.
tilapia on foil
  • Make the marinade – Mix the remaining ingredients in a bowl and pour on the fish.
tilapia with marinade
  • Bake – Garnish the tray with lemon and chili than bake for 12-15 mins.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro, serve and enjoy!

Recipe tips and notes

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • Line the baking tray with foil, to help cook more evenly and for easy cleanup!
  • Make sure to pat the tilapia dry before placing in the baking tray.
  • You can marinade ahead if time permits and up to 1 day ahead.
  • Do not overcook the fillets. otherwise they may turn out a little chewy.
  • Chili pepper are optional, de-seed and take out the ribs for a milder taste.
  • You can swap out tilapia for other white fish if you desire.
  • For a more tangy taste, swap the lemons for limes.
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FAQ’s

Serving suggestions for this Baked Tilapia recipe

You can serve this baked tilapia with white rice or another grain like quinoa, couscous, etc. Grain really soak up with flavor of the spicy sauce too! You can also serve the Baked Tilapia some steamed or sauteed vegetables.

This flaky, flavorful lemon tilapia also works great as taco filling!

Can you reheat Baked Tilapia?

This recipe is best to have just out of the oven, but reheating it is certainly an option.

Just put the fish on a microwave safe dish in the microwave for a minute or place them on a tray in the oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees F for reheating the fish.

Is tilapia healthy?

Tilapia is an inexpensive and mild-flavored fish, perfect to take on flavorsome marinades It’s the fourth most commonly consumed type of seafood in the United States.

Tilapia is an impressive source of protein. Per 100 grams, it packs 26 grams of protein and only 128 calories.

The amount of beneficial vitamins and minerals in this fish is also impressive. Tilapia is rich in vitamin B12, niacin, selenium, phosphorus and potassium.

fork going into baked tilapia

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Spicy Lemon Garlic Baked Tilapia

This Baked Tilapia recipe serves up flaky, tender and super flavorful fish. Coated in a spicy, sweet and zesty marinade – delicious!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients 

  • 6 pieces tilapia fillet
  • 2 large lemons, juiced
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 1/2 tsp salt, taste before adding
  • 3 tbsps. olive oil
  • 2 tbsps. honey sriracha seasoning, used McCormick
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 4-6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2-3 tbsps. fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1-2 whole chili peppers, optional, for garnishing
  • lemon wedges, optional, for garnishing

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Pat the tilapia fillets dry with a paper towel.
  • Line a baking tray with aluminum foil and arrange the fillets.
  • In a bowl, mix the remainder of the ingredients together to make the marinade.
  • Pour the marinade over on the tilapia. You can now arrange some of the lemon and chili peppers for garnishing on the tray around the tilapias or do it after baking.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, depending on your oven.
  • Remove and garnish with more fresh cilantro if needed before serving.

Notes

  • Use a preheated oven.
  • Line the baking tray with foil, to help cook more evenly and for easy cleanup!
  • Make sure to pat the tilapia dry before placing in the baking tray.
  • You can marinade ahead if time permits and up to 1 day ahead.
  • Do not overcook the fillets. otherwise they may turn out a little chewy.
  • Chili pepper are optional, de-seed and take out the ribs for a milder taste.
  • You can swap out tilapia for other white fish if you desire.
  • For a more tangy taste, swap the lemons for limes.

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 199mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 471IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg
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