Baked tilapia fillets with capers and lemon slices on a white platter.

Baked Tilapia Recipe

Contributor: Jill Silverman Hough

Enjoy this Baked Tilapia with rice, potatoes, or a hunk of crusty bread to sop up all the delicious juices.

  • Author: Jill Hough
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 (5-6 oz.) tilapia fillets, 1/2– to 3/4-in. thick
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 lemons, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp. drained capers


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange the fish on a large rimmed baking sheet and sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
  3. Juice and zest one of the lemons. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and zest, butter, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Drizzle the mixture on top of the fish. Sprinkle on the capers.
  4. Thinly slice the remaining lemon. Arrange it on and around the fish and bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  5. Serve with the pan juices drizzled on top.

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