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How to Cook Perfect Pan Sauteed Tilapia

pansauteedtilapia.jpgPerfect Pan Sauteed Tilapia is a superb meal for Valentine’s Day.

Looking for a gorgeous, easy-to-make-for-your-sweetheart dish for V-Day? This is one of my favorites and is made many-a-Fish-Friday as well!

Tilapia is my favorite fish to eat! The Seminole Indians bred them in the Florida Everglades region. Meaty and tasty like seafood should be!

Perfect Pan Sauteed Tilapia:

Keep things simple can make all the difference in the world with some ingredients. I love fish sauteed or fried – unadulterated – the best.  This is just that kind of time.

Type: Entrée Recipe

Serve with: rice, baked potato, salad or your favorite vegetable
Prep Time: 3 min
Cook Time: ~ 10 min


  • tilapiatilapia filets – 1 filet/person
  • 1/2 tbsp olive oil – more if your frying pan isn’t non-stick
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup flour – for dredging
  • 1 tbsp capers
  • freshly cracked black pepper – to taste
  • lemon wedges – for serving


  1. Need a frying pan? shop.cookingwithkimberly.comRinse tilapia under cold water and pat dry.
  2. On medium high, heat olive oil and butter in a large frying pan.
  3. When butter is fragrant, arrange lightly dredged tilapia in pan and sprinkle with freshly cracked black pepper, and allow to cook for ~ 7 min or until golden brown on bottom.
    • Tip: Lightly shake pan back and forth to ensure fish doesn’t stick after about 3 min of cooking. Don’t move fish around more than you have to…It will break apart.
  4. Using a large spatula, flip fish over, sprinkle freshly cracked black pepper, and cook until golden brown – ~ 4 – 5 min.
  5. About 3 min before fish is finished, add capers, without juice, and shake in pan with fish.
  6. Serve with rice and enjoy thoroughly!

This is an absolutely beautiful way to enjoy this fish.

Tilapia is a very meaty and satisfying fish, and perfect simply pan sauteed.

[tags]fish, tilapia, freshwater fish, healthy recipe, Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s Day recipe, American food[/tags]

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Author: Kimberly Turner

Kimberly Turner is the web-chef behind CookingWithKimberly.com. Food writer, food consultant and general lover of the delicious treats on our planet, Kimberly brings you hearty content, delicious offerings, fun antics, and some down-home cooked love with her mom making cameos. Internet entrepreneur and marketer, International model, and Editor-in-Chief of a number of online publications. Be a Champion in Your Kitchen & Eat Deliciously!

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  1. I just made me a couple pieces of Tilapia following this recipe and they were perfect!

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    • I’m so very glad you enjoyed this recipe, Candace! It’s one of my very favorites!

      Tilapia, however, is my favorite fish out there.

      Kimberly 🙂

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