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Learn how to grill tilapia with this quick recipe. A flavorful garlic-butter mixture coats the grilled tilapia while charred lemons add a boost of acidity and brightness. Serve alongside rice and green beans or use the fish as a filling for tacos.

EatingWell.com, March 2022


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to high (450-500°F). (Alternatively, preheat a grill pan over high heat.) Zest lemon to yield 1 teaspoon. Cut the lemon in half crosswise.

  • Combine butter, garlic and lemon zest in a small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on Medium until the butter is melted, about 90 seconds, stirring halfway through. Sprinkle tilapia with salt and pepper; brush 1 side of each fillet with about 1 teaspoon of the butter mixture.

  • Oil the grill rack by soaking a paper towel in oil and holding it with tongs to rub over the rack. Place the tilapia, buttered-sides down, on the oiled rack. Brush the exposed sides of the fish evenly with the remaining butter mixture. Cook until charred on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip gently and continue grilling until the fish is opaque, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let rest for 5 minutes.

  • Place the lemon halves, cut-side down, on the grill rack; cook until charred, about 2 minutes. Squeeze the charred lemons over the fish, and sprinkle with parsley.

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet
218 calories; protein 34g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 9g; saturated fat 5g; mono fat 3g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 100mg; vitamin a iu 259IU; vitamin b3 niacin 7mg; vitamin b12 3mcg; vitamin c 4mg; vitamin d iu 211IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 44mg; vitamin k 19mg; sodium 381mg; calcium 24mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 48mg; phosphorus 294mg; potassium 534mg; zinc 1mg; niacin equivalents 13mg.