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pan fried tilapia on plate with green beans and mashed potatoes

Pan Fried Tilapia Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 252kcal
Ready to serve in just 20 minutes, this pan fried tilapia is perfect for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Simply seasoned it's a great go to after a busy day.
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  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of paprika powder
  • ½ teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 6 Tilapia fish fillets boneless and skinless
  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil


  • Mix the salt, paprika and black pepper together then rub it into the Tilapia fillets.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter and the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Once it’s hot, add 2-3 fillets to the pan and fry on each side for 2-3 minutes, or until each side turns a light golden color.
  • Remove the fillets from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the remaining butter to the pan and cook the remaining fillets.
  • Serve immediately with whatever sides you like and freshly chopped parsley.


These fillets can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • Take care not to overcook the tilapia. It is quick to cook and only requires a couple of minutes on each side. The fish should flake easily with a fork once it is cooked through.


Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 526mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 398IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg