Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

After all the heavy holiday feasts, I have been craving healthier foods lately. I really love using fresh dill, lemon juice, and garlic on my fish because it makes the fish full of flavor without all the fat. I used tilapia in this recipe but you could also use halibut. My husband and I really enjoyed this light and healthy meal. The fish was very tender and flakey. Both of our kids didn’t care for it much, I think they would prefer a crispy coating.

Tilapia with Lemon and Dill:


  • 3 fillets of tilapia, or other white fish
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

How to Make Tilapia with Lemon and Dill

Combine the above ingredients in a large zip lock bag making sure to mix them thoroughly. Marinate for 2-4 hours. Only add the zest for marinating…don’t add lemon juice until you are cooking the meal because the acid in the lemon will start to cook the fish.

Other Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2-3 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • Additional fresh dill for garnish

Tilapia with Lemon and DillPreheat the oven to 450 degrees. Spray a glass baking dish with cooking spray.

Add the lemon juice to the fish in the bag. Combine ingredients well then pour into baking dish; season the fish well with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper then add bits of butter to the top of the fillets.

Cover with a lid or tinfoil and cook for 10-12 minutes per 1-inch thickness. Garnish with chopped fresh dill, lemon zest & lemon slices. Enjoy.

Tilapia with Lemon and Dill


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  1. I have made this recipe several times for my husband. Since it is just the two of us I bought one of those tubes of dill which lasts longer and allows me to make this recipe several times a month! Also, I serve it over a bed of arugula which soaks up the juices! yum!

  2. Made this tonight for my two toddler boys and husband and we all Loved it! 🙂 Delish! I did take the foil off and let it cook for a few more minutes. Thank you for the recipe! Will be keeping it in my back pocket!