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Broiled Tilapia with Garlic

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This broiled fish recipe will work great with any white fish. It’s super quick and easy to make – perfect for a busy weeknight!

Broiled Tilapia with Garlic
Broiled Tilapia with Garlic

Broiling fish is so easy. Plus, if you line the baking sheet with foil, cleanup will be a breeze too! This meal is a great dinner idea when you need a simple fish recipe that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy. If you want a fish with more spice, try this Blackened Fish recipe, and don’t miss my most popular fish dish, Fish Florentine.

Broiled Tilapia with Garlic

Let me start by saying I don’t usually buy tilapia because I prefer to buy wild fish. But when I occasionally buy it, I am reminded of how good it is and not fishy tasting.

This broiled tilapia recipe is one of my oldest recipes I shared back in 2008, and I reshot it because it needed updating. Tilapia is a lean fish high in protein, low in calories, and full of vitamins and minerals, like selenium. I know many of you eat tilapia, but if you don’t, feel free to swap it for pollack, flounder, sole, or any white fish fillet you like.

How to Broil Tilapia

There are many easy ways to cook fish, but broiling is honestly the easiest, and it cooks so fast, which is always a dinner win! To broil tilapia, place it on a sheet pan or broiler rack lined with foil if you wish, and broil it on low six to eight inches from the heating element. There’s no need to flip the fish as it will cook through.

What To Serve With Tilapia

This healthy broiled tilapia is the perfect main for so many sides. Below are some side dish suggestions.


  • Fish: Substitute tilapia with another white fish, like cod, flounder, pollack, or sole.
  • Herbs: I used fresh parsley and dried oregano, but feel free to sub any combination of dried and fresh herbs.
  • Cooking Method: If you don’t have a broiler, you can bake the fish in the oven or cook it on the stove.


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Broiled Tilapia with Garlic

4.75 from 4 votes
This broiled fish recipe will work great with any white fish. It's super quick and easy to make, perfect for a busy weeknight!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Broiled Tilapia with Garlic
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 filet


  • 6 tilapia fillets, 6 oz each
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large lemon, cut into wedges


  • Wash fish and pat dry. Line broiler pan with foil. Adjust the top rack 6 to 8 inches from the heating element.
  • Place fish on the foil and season with salt, pepper, oregano, and parsley.
  • Drizzle with olive oil and top with crushed garlic.
  • Set broiler to low and place fish on the rack.
  • Cook until fish is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork, about 6 to 8 minutes depending on the thickness (be careful not to burn garlic). No need to turn the fish.
  • Serve with freshly squeezed lemon juice.

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Serving: 1 filet, Calories: 190 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.5 g, Protein: 34.5 g, Fat: 5 g, Saturated Fat: 1.5 g, Cholesterol: 85 mg, Sodium: 89.5 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0.5 g