Sautéed Tilapia



25 min

Prep Time

40 min



  • 1 lb farm-raised tilapia
  • salt
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon


  1. Season fillets with salt. Let rest for 20 minutes in the refrigerator.
  2. While fillets are resting, cut the lemon. Take 3/4 of the lemon, cut into wedges, and set aside. Take the remaining 1/4 and cut into small slivers.
  3. Preheat sauté pan on medium-high heat. Melt butter in the pan until color changes to brown.
  4. Add lemon slivers and fillets to the pan.
  5. Cook until fillets are cooked about 90%, about 4–6 minutes, depending on fillet thickness.
  6. Flip fillets and immediately remove the pan from the burner. The heat in the pan will finish cooking fillets in a couple of minutes.
  7. You will know fillets are done when the flesh is opaque and flakes with a small amount of pressure from a fork.
  8. Remove from pan and serve with sides and a lemon wedge.

Cooking Demonstration