Lemon and Garlic Broiled Tilapia


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A plate of food with broccoli, with Garlic and Lemon

This was the best fish I have ever made. The marinade was absolutely perfect for it. I can imagine using this marinade again and again with all kinds of different meats.

Broiling is my favorite way to prepare fish. It takes just minutes and (as long as I watch it closely!) it almost always turns out well. I tried something new this time and left the oven door open while it was broiling.

I read somewhere that it would result in a more grilled taste and it worked. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

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Lemon and Garlic Broiled Tilapia

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Mel's Kitchen Cafe
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  • Juice of 1 lemon approximately 3 tablespoons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic about 2 medium cloves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 pound Tilapia this was approximately (3) 6 oz fillets


  • Combine all marinade ingredients. Place fish in a ziploc bag and pour marinade over it. Seal bag and place in fridge overnight. When ready to cook the fish, turn the oven on to broil (high setting, if you have that option) and place the fish on a foil lined baking sheet. Broil for 5-7 minutes depending on the size and thickness of your fish. Enjoy!
  • If you are new to cooking fish, this is a great list of tips for determining when it is done.


Tilapia is finished cooking when it flakes apart with a fork and is opaque or white all the way through. Remember that it will keep cooking once you remove it from the oven, so be sure to remove it a minute or two early.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Sabrina says

    Fish is so great in the summer! I love your marinade and how its so quick!!! This would be perfect with some steamed veggies and rice!

  2. Joe says

    I’m making this tonight and will let you know how it turns out, I’m not a big Tilapia fan but this recipe sounds to good not to try it. Thank you and I will keep you posted on how it turns out.