Really Terrific Tilapia

A friend gave this recipe to me a long time ago.  It’s so easy and good that I want to share it with you.  With the few ingredients in this dish, you won’t believe how delicious this could be after reading the recipe.  Trust me, this is delicious and the way you will want to make tilapia from now on!  Actually, it works with any white fish. 

The smoked paprika or regular paprika with the garlic and butter is the perfect blend for this mild tasting fish.  It bakes fast into a delicious entrΓ©e for dinner.  Tilapia is a wonderful “non-fishy” fish and here’s hoping you give this a try!

Ready to bake 

Baked Tilapia


3 tilapia filets
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste


Melt butter.
Place 1 tablespoon of butter in bottom of baking dish.
Add ½ tablespoon garlic, ½ tablespoon paprika to butter.
Combine and spread out over bottom of baking dish.
Lay tilapia over this mixture.
On top of tilapia add remaining butter, garlic and paprika.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes or until done.

This is really quick, easy and delicious!!!



  1. Reallu love tiapia; thank you for sharing this recipe.

  2. Looks really good. And the ease of preparation is a real plus in the heat of summer.

  3. Okay another great recipe - have to make a hard copy and put in my book. THANKS. Sandie

  4. i do believe you that this is a delicious dish...paprika and fish, Mmmm mmmm...

  5. A delicious way to bake fish! Lovely!

  6. It sounds very easy to do and it looks delicious. That is a hard combination to beat.

  7. I keep thinking of picking up tilapia! I tried the last time I went shopping but they didn't have it. Darn. This is such a nice recipe! I need to pick up smoked paprika as well. :)

  8. Tilapia is one of my favorites- this sounds easy and delicious. Thanks!

  9. This looks great, it's on my list for next week's meals!
    I'm new here and excited to be here as well, you have great recipes!

  10. I love this recipe Pam and I loe Tilapia too! Great recipe! x gloria

  11. I eat lots of fish and love tilapia, so I really appreciate a new and easy recipe!...Kisses to Minnie and Moocher, hugs to you, Pam!

  12. simple and easy, my kind of recipe.

  13. Love tilapia. It is so simply to fix.

  14. YUM! I make mine the same way and it really is delicious and easy! We're having chicken for dinner but now I'm in the mood for this!

  15. This is a recipe that I need to pass along to a friend who really enjoys tilapia. Great recipe.

  16. I am going to pass this recipe along to my mom. She love tilapia! Of course I am keeping a copy of this recipe for me too!

  17. Sage, thanks and have a good day!

    StephenC, thanks, it's so easy!

    Chatty Crone, I have a book full of them myself.

    Meldylocks and Her Three Bears, great! Makes me happy!

    busygran, yes, it's good!

    Mary, thanks! Have a good day!

    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente, love tilapia!

    theUngourmet, happy shopping!

    scrambledhenfruit, yes, it is easy for sure.

    Patticake, welcome! I'm very happy to see you and thank you!

    Gloria, great! It's a great mild fish!

    Jacqueline, wonderful! Kisses and hugs back to you all!

    Mimi, it works! Thanks!

    The Fajdich Times, yes and it's good!

    Celeste, way to go! Then you know this is really good!

    Velva, hope she likes it!

    Linda, great! It can't get much easier, that's for sure!

  18. Mmm...this looks fantastic Pam! I knew I shouldn't read your blog when I'm hungry!

  19. I love tilapia. I love that it's cheap. I love that it's delicious. And I love that everybody loves it. This looks great!

  20. Lyndsey, yours and other food blogs keep me hungry all day long! ;)

    Abbey, it's just a lovely thing and I know exactly what you mean!

  21. I love how simple this recipe is!

  22. What a simple and tasty dish! Tilapia is such a mild fish it can take to, and benefits from, a variety of additions. Your paprika, garlic, butter combo sounds great!


  23. tilapia is my favorite.. and that looks wonderfull!!!!

  24. Oh, Pam, I will try this out. I'm currently looking for bake fish recipe, and yours comes in the right time. :)

  25. Sounds perfect! I love quick and easy recipes and tilapia is one of my favorite. Thanks Pam :-)

  26. Smoked paprika is a wonderful spice! It can do amazing things for food. I bet this is tasty!

  27. I should no better than to come over here hungry. lol
    Will have to send this my son I know he would love it
    Did you enter my giveaway...don't remember if I saw your name on there or not. It ends Friday...

  28. I am always looking for a new way to prepare tilapia...we eat a ton of it! This sounds yummy and simple, my favorite kind of recipe!!

  29. Looks delicous and simple too! This is a definite must-try!

  30. Just found out we are able to get frozen tilapia here. Will certainly love to try this beautiful looking dish!

  31. Looks so yummy, I have not heard of tilapia. I would be willing to try it.

  32. Deborah, LOL! It is.

    intuitive eggplant, yes! The tilapia likes help!

    Leslie, thanks!

    Little Inbox, great and I hope you like it!

    Jess @ Bakericious, thanks for stopping by!

    Martha (MM), me too! And this one is good!

    Cinnamon Girl, you're right! The smoked paprika is wonderful, lots of flavor when it's used!

    Grandma Yellow Hair, LOL! I feel that way many times when I look at all the good recipes out there! Great contest!

    Jenn, here's wishing you a good tilapia dinner!

    kitchen flavours, great! Just add lots of spice!

    3 hungry tummies, good! It's definitely a mild fish!

    Jenny, tilapia is readily available at any store here and I hope you can find it at yours!

  33. Hi Pam,
    It looks amazing and the flavour must be so delicious...

  34. Hi Lia! Yes, lots of flavor! Have a good day! Hugs

  35. Mmmm, I love tilapia and this looks great, I'll have to try it out on the family soon! (I love quick and easy meals.)

  36. Looks great! My non fish family will actually eat Tilapia!

  37. hobby bake, I hope you do and like it!

    Dishesdone, this is really good and spicy and should please your tilapia fans.

  38. Tilapia is a great "non-fishy-fish". I love fish baked or broiled with just a few ingredients. So good! I bet this would go great with the green beans. Is that how you served it?

  39. Terrianne, Call me Ree, you are right; it's a great mild fish. Yes, we had green beans and salad with vinegar and oil dressing. Good meal and you have a good day!

  40. This recipe just put some big smiles on my boys...we are BIG Tilapis fans!
    I can't wait to make this. B-T-W I love your blog! Can't wait to explore it some more, have a great week!

  41. ReluctantYankee, thanks so much! This amazed me with how good it is. And the more spices, the better! Enjoy!

  42. I am in love with smoked paprika - what a great flavor it has. Bet it was great on this fish. My daughter cooks tilapia and then makes fish cakes with it - turns out yummy!

  43. I'm hopelessly behind on my commenting since being on vacation but as I was looking back through your posts, this tilapia recipe jumped out at me. I'm always looking for new ways to make fish. It looks delcious!

  44. Pam, Great Tilapia recipe! Simple and looks good too... I'm kind of fussy re: my food dislikes, so I'm always looking for recipes that will make both my wife and I happy. Imagine cooking for me...don't like bell peppers, mushrooms or olives. Not big on large chunks of onion. Like spicy food, heat and garlic!
    Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  45. Karen, me too with the smoked paprika. It has an amazing flavor and I bet those fish cakes are good too!

    Mags, thanks! Hope you give it a try!

    David, that would be a challenge for me to cook without bell peppers, mushrooms and olives. I try to add mushrooms to anything I can, onions too. I'm with you on the spicy heat though! Have a good day!


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