Sweet, Lemony and Fabulous Tilapia

For years I wasn’t much of a fish fan. It’s so healthy for you but I would just resist making it. So I went on a mission to create some fish recipes I’d really enjoy. I discovered fish doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless. Especially prepared this way. Incredibly simple and remarkably delicious, it’s slightly sweet and lemony with a hint of spice. This is the perfect dish to make for any fish lover or non-fish lover in your house. Each serving has 284 calories and 7 grams of fatTilapia gets a bad rap for the way it is raised but not if you buy it at places like Whole Foods. See Shopping Tips, below.
Sweet, Lemony and Fabulous Tilapia

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 2 servings (each serving, 5 ounces, and a little glaze)

Food Facts

Tilapia is a variety of mild white fish available year-round whole, fresh or frozen, usually as fillets. Since 2000, tilapia ranks as one of the most popular fish consumed in the United States thanks mainly to its mild taste and reasonable price.
Panko bread crumbs come from Japan. They’re a type of crisp, light, large breadcrumbs. Panko crumbs are typically used to coat foods for frying or sautéing. They’re coarser than most bread crumbs and create a crisper crust.

Healthy Benefits

Tilapia is rich in protein, low in fat, and a source of vitamins and minerals. Tilapia contains some heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids but not as much as other fish, such as salmon.
Just one squeeze of a lemon contains a whopping 45% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin C.  Lemons also contain calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

Shopping Tips

Most supermarkets sell tilapia at the fish counter.  I highly recommend you buy it at Whole Foods or other markets like that. They sell tilapia that is raised safely. For more information, read this article: https://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/tips-and-ideas/archive/get-know-your-tilapia.
In my photo, the pieces I bought were larger than 5 ounces so I cut off the ends and froze them for another use.
Panko bread crumbs are available in most supermarkets in the Asian section. I bought mine at Trader Joe’s.

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SKINNY FACTS: for 1 piece of fish (5 ounces and a little glaze)
284 calories, 7g fat, 1g sat. fat, 69mg chol, 29g prot, 27g carbs, 1g fiber, 250mg sodium, 18g sugar


Sweet, Lemony and Fabulous Tilapia

Sweet, Lemony and Fabulous Tilapia

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Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 284 kcal


  • cup Panko bread crumbs, see shopping tips
  • ¼  teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
  • 2 pieces tilapia (5 oz each)
  • 2 teaspoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Cooking spray


  • In a shallow dish, add bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and blend together. In another small bowl, combine lemon juice, honey, and Tabasco.
  • Place fish on a plate. Dust with a little flour on each side. Dredge both sides of fish in bread crumb mixture.
  • Coat a large non-stick pan with cooking spray.  Add olive oil and heat over medium heat.  Add breaded fish, cover, and sauté until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove fish to a plate.
  • Add lemon-honey glaze to pan. Cook for about 5-10 seconds until syrupy. Pour sauce over fish and serve.


Serving: 5ouncesCalories: 284kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 29gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 250mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gBlue Smart Points: 7Green Smart Points: 8Plus Points: 7
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!


  1. Wow!!!! The glaze was just a nice finish and what a nice kick to it. Honey, Lemon juice and Tabasco, love it!. Nice, very nice. I love that fish because it has a nice fluffy finish with no tough hard fish taste to it. The only recommendation I could add is soak the fish in raw egg after adding flour to it. I followed the recipe as shown but once I was done with the flour I tried to add the Panko bread crumbs none of it was sticking to it, I actually knew that was going to happen. So I dipped the Tilapia in 1 egg than added the Panko. All I can say is Thanks for reminding of Tilapia, it has been a while and now I will never forget that fish again.

  2. What a fantastic review. Thank you and thanks for all your wonderful tips!
    All the best,

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