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Tilapia with Chile Lime Butter

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I have been enjoying a lot of flavorful & healthy meals lately, this being perhaps my favorite of them all.  This fish is just bursting with flavor and while I enjoy fish normally, I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed it to this degree, except for with my favorite salmon.  But I like this fish even more than the salmon!

I don’t think it’s just my pregnancy hormones tricking me into thinking this is one of the most wonderful things I’ve ever eaten.  I got the recipe from Suzie, who proclaimed it a restaurant-worthy meal (I so agree!).  Her husband is super picky and usually will only eat things like pizza and burgers, but even he ate this and enjoyed it.  I knew it must be good if he was willing to even taste it, let alone eat a whole serving. My hubs couldn’t stop at one piece, he had to have two. :)

The chile-lime butter is the key here – it’s your secret weapon to make tilapia, which isn’t that exciting by itself, seem like the most incredible edible thing ever.  It has so much flavor that you don’t need much to make your filet absolutely craveable, so it only adds 50 (healthy!) calories to your meal.  Light, fresh, totally amazing.  Do it.


Tilapia with Chile-Lime Butter

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For the butter:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/2 tablespoon finely chopped shallot (I used green onion)
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh Thai or Serrano chile, including seeds (this adds almost no heat – use more if you like it hot!)
1/4 teaspoon salt
Cilantro for garnish

For the fish:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 tilapia fillets

Stir together butter, shallot, zest, lime juice, chile and salt in a bowl.  Pat dry the fillets and sprinkle with salt.  Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over moderately high heat until just smoking, then saute the fillets, turning over once with a spatula until golden brown and just cooked through (4-5 minutes).  Transfer to a plate.

Serve each warm fillet with a dollop of chili lime butter spread over the top.  Garnish with cilantro.

Recipe Source: Two Dogs in the Kitchen


About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

18 responses »

  1. Looks and sounds wonderful! I’m always looking for ‘extra yummy’ fish recipes. Pinning this one. Since we lived in Alaska for 8 years, hubby is VERY particular about the salmon he eats. I will check out that recipe of yours too. Thanks for another healthy recipe!!


  2. Yum Yum! What a good meal and a bonus that hubby liked it too.


  3. I had to laugh for a second V because I made an egg white omelet with spinach for breakfast and when I first saw the picture in my reader, I thought you had made an egg white omelet too!

    I wish Iiked fish!


  4. Glad you and Dennis liked the fish V! It’s still one of our favorites here too. I agree it’s the chili lime butter that puts it over the top! I had forgot what we ate with ours until I seen my blog and it was your italian green beans :)


  5. Chile lime butter? exotic much?
    Suits this dish so well :D



  6. Sounds like the perfect dinner to me Veronica, light, lean and full of flavor. I’m always looking for new fish recipes, so thanks for a yummy one!


  7. You and Suzie are the best…love that you’re eating healthier for you and baby. This does sound amazing! I wonder if I could get the boys to grill some tilapia up this weekend on top of the smorgasbord of meat…


    • Good luck with that! I’m sure they’ll do it if you get it ready for them and hand it over. My BIL was grilling burgers for my nephew’s birthday party and his mom asked if he’d grill someone’s veggie burger. The look on his face was priceless. Men and their meat!


  8. Thanks! Will have to try this the next trip to the grocers. I love fish!


  9. Marysue/ SueLily

    Mmmm, this looks wonderful, Veronica! Tilapia is the fish of choice in our house, and I’m always looking for new, creative ways to prepare it! And I just LOVE lime, so thank you sweetly for this yummy recipe!


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