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Fried tilapia

Pan Fried Tilapia

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


This pan fried tilapia recipe is an easy favorite! Lightly dredge the fish in seasonings, then fry it up to perfection in minutes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds tilapia (4 fillets)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or cornmeal, for gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, for pan frying
  • Finely chopped Italian parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  1. In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and kosher salt. Pat the tilapia dry and sprinkle all sides with the seasoning. Place the flour on a plate, then dredge the fillets in flour until it coats all sides.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the tilapia and cook for 3 minutes, until the bottom is browned. Flip the fish and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the fish is browned (adjust based on the thickness of the fillets). Tilapia is cooked when the internal temperature is 140°F when measured with a food thermometer.
  3. Remove from the heat and sprinkle with the parsley. Serve with lemon wedges for spritzing. 
  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian