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An Irresistible Grilled Tilapia Recipe

To begin with I’ve always been a huge fan of sweet water fish and experimenting with varieties can get really amazing sometimes. This Grilled Tilapia recipe is quite an easy one with a lot of flavors and can be prepared by anyone. With flakiness in its flesh, I believe this preparation can be one of the best starters when it comes to fish barbecue.

grilled tilapia fillet served with salad

Little info about grilled tilapia: A sweet water delight

I have used Tilapia as it is a healthy fish with many dietary benefits. It’s rich in protein and low in fat thus edible for people with protein deficiency or diabetes or even people on a strict diet.

Tilapia is a plant-eating river water fish that is native to Africa but now farmed and also distributed in more than 120 countries. It is one of the most consumed fishes and hot favorite in the eastern part of India.

Whole raw tilapia fish with herbs perfect for grilled recipe

But one of the most shocking things I came across is that many blogs have termed it as unhealthy and not fit for consumption which is not true.

I recommend fresh, but frozen works too

When it comes to grilling sweet water fish I always prefer and recommend the fresh one from the lot. But if you can’t get it fresh from your vendor then frozen is not a bad option at all. In one pound tilapia, you can get up to a maximum of six fillets. Ask your vendor to cut fillet sizes as per your need.

raw fillet with spices ready for grilled tilapia marinade

The simple & subtle grilled tilapia marinade

It’s time to pat the dry fillets, use a tissue or a thick paper as it’s a better option. Then add extra virgin olive oil, minced fresh parsley, 1-2 cloves chopped garlic, dried basil, lemon juice, salt & fresh ground pepper in a bowl. Whisk it well to form the marinade.

Rub this mixture on both sides of the fillets. Use a brush for a better spread.

Quick Tip: Apply this immediately on the fillets or the marinade will firm up.

You can use sealable plastic bag to keep the marinade as I’ve used in the recipe video. If you don’t have one just follow the steps above.

After that refrigerate the marinade for at least an hour.

raw tilapia fillet id one with marinade and kept in a tray

Time for some fish grilling

Prepare the grill – This preparation uses a preheated grill at medium-high. Please make sure to do that before putting in the fish or you can also use a grill pan.

Quick Tip: As the fish is thin, don’t keep the lid closed for too long. Try open grilling if possible

Oiling is essential, so oil the grill well. The grilled tilapia recipe is what you need to make those weekends fabulous.

grilled tilapia fillet on medium-high heat

Now put the fillets on the grill or grilling pan and start the process. Grill for 4-5 minutes on each side.

At last, we have ecstasy in front of us. Serve hot and fresh with an awesome mango salsa salad which is the perfect companion for this recipe.

grilled tilapia fillet served with salad
grilled tilapia fillet served with salad

Grilled Lemon Garlic Tilapia

A combination of great flavors, this grilled lemon butter tilapia is flaky and tender. Just follow the steps below with photo instructions for a great meal as this sweet water fish is incredible in taste.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Fish
Keyword Grilled tilapia, grilled tilapia fille, grilled tilapia marinade, grilled tilapia recipes
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 6 People
Author Joyjeet Sarkar


  • 1 lb Tilapia fillets - 6 medium fillets
  • 1/3 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1-2 clove of mined fresh garlic
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp squeezed fresh lemon juice
  • salt and ground pepper


  • Pat dry fillets using tissue paper.
  • In a small bowl, add 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 tbsp minced parsley, 1 tbsp dried basil, 1-2 cloves minced garlic, 2 tbsp lemon juice, salt & fresh ground pepper. Whisk the to form the marinade.
  • Brush both sides of the fillets with the butter mixture. Do this quickly before the marinade firms up. Place them in a large tray.
  • You can also use a sealable bag to put the marinade inside. It is airtight and holds the marinade well over the fillets. If you don't have one continue with the first step.
  • Preheat the grill to 400 degrees F and oil the grates well.
  • Place the fillets gently over it. Grill for about 4 minutes per side with an open lid (best method) or cover the lid just for a little while.
  • Serve hot and fresh.


Key Tips:
  1. Any grill pan, griddle, or even a grill basket will work as long as you can flip the fish.
  2. Preheat a griddle or grill pan with the grill on medium-high. A grill basket does not need to be preheated.
  3. If frozen, the tilapia needs to be completely thawed. Just moving the frozen tilapia from the freezer to the refrigerator overnight will do.
  4. This is one of the few recipes that I grill with the lid open.
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You can do the adjustment in the number of servings in the recipe as per your cooking, so do the math carefully for the ingredients. Although instructions will remain as it is.

Nutrition Facts

Grilled Lemon Butter Tilapia
Amount Per serving (1 filet)
Calories 85               Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g                                            5%
  Saturated Fat 1g                     5%
Cholesterol 41mg                     14%
Sodium 51mg                              2%
Potassium 228mg                      7%
Carbohydrates 1g                      0%
  Sugar 1g                                   1%
Protein 15g                              30%
Vitamin A 42IU                          1%
Calcium 8mg                              1%
Iron 1mg                                     6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition is generally for one serving. The number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of the normal serving size for this recipe.
All nutritional information is estimated and may vary from your actual results. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average user.

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