Sauteed Ono (or Tilapia) with Balsamic Butter Sauce


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Sauteed Ono (or Tilapia) with Balsamic Butter Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

This is the finale to the Balsamic Butter Sauce meal. Why call it a meal based on that? Well, because I covered every single thing on my plate with this lovely Balsamic Butter Sauce right before serving the meal. Yes, it really was that good.

The original recipe called for tilapia. However, we are huge fans of ono lately, so I used that instead. It was very good. I think in this instance though, the tilapia might have been even better.

My husband insists that it was perfect as is, but I’m still thinking that tilapia would have been better. A more delicate fish might have been even more perfect with that amazing sauce. And this meal was most definitely all about the sauce!

Sauteed Ono (or Tilapia) with Balsamic Butter Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Sauteed Ono (or Tilapia) with Balsamic Butter Sauce

Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Bon Appetit via
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  • 1 tablespoon light flavor olive oil
  • 2 ono or tilapia fillets I used ono, but I honestly think tilapia would have been better with this meal
  • kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper


  • Heat oil in large skillet over high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Saute fish until golden, 4 minutes on each side for ono and 2 minutes on each side for tilapia.
  • Drizzle with warm balsamic butter sauce right before serving.
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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. Laura Jeanne says

    wow look and that drizzle! Such a healthy well-rounded meal, I love it. Tilapia is one of my favorites too because it's so easy to work with and flavor up.
    Laura @ A Healthy Jalapeño

  2. Juliana says

    Oh Mary, love the idea of this dish…so simple and yet so tasty, great combination…butter and balsamic.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week and thanks for sharing such a yummie recipe 🙂

  3. Gram Mary says

    I have never heard of or seen Ono in the grocery store or the fish market in NH. I will have to ask specifically next time I am at the fish market if they ever have it. What type of fish is it and what is the taste similar too? I will definitely be making a batch or two of balsamic butter sauce to drizzle over the tilapia I just bought, the asparagus, the brussels sprouts, the bagels…… lol Thank you for the wonderful recipes! You make me look SO GOOD in the kitchen!! =)