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Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce

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Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce is an easy fish recipe with fresh tomatoes, garlic, shallots and capers that’s ready in under 20 minutes.

Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce
Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce

I try to eat fish twice a week as a healthy source of protein, and this healthy Broiled Fish recipe with Tomato Caper Sauce is so flavorful and easy to make. It’s a simple dish with only a few ingredients, so it’s important to use high-quality ones to achieve maximum flavor. Think extra virgin olive oil, fresh pepper, ripe, in-season tomatoes, and a good dry wine. These subtle differences can make a meal go from good to great. More fish recipes you may like, try this Blackened Fish, Skillet Cajun-Spiced Fish with Tomatoes, and Cod Fish Tacos.

Tomato Caper Sauce

How to Broil Fish

Broil fish in two simple steps!

  • Set the broiler to low and place the fish about six inches from the flame. If you don’t have a low-broiler setting, set the fish farther away and keep an eye on it.
  • Broil the fish until it’s cooked through. The amount of time will depend on the thickness of the fish, but it should be ready in about 6 to 8 minutes.

Tomato Caper Sauce

This tomato caper sauce for fish cooks in less than 15 minutes and is so flavorful.

  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet.
  2. Sauté garlic and shallots for four to five minutes on medium-low heat.
  3. Add the chopped tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Pour in the wine and cook for about five minutes until it reduces.
  5. Add the capers and cook for one minute.

What to Serve with Broiled Fish

This fish with tomato caper sauce would be delicious over whole wheat pasta, rice, spiralized zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice.

For an extra vegetable, you could also put some asparagus on the tray with the fish and cook them at the same time. Some other veggie side dish options are Green Beans, Garlic Broccolini, or Roasted Asparagus.


  • Fish: Thawed frozen fish will work if you don’t have fresh. Any white fish fillet can be used such as tilapia, grouper, cod or flounder.
  • Tomatoes: If tomatoes are out of season, use canned diced tomatoes. You can also use cherry or grape tomatoes for the sauce.
  • Wine: If you don’t like cooking with alcohol, sub chicken or vegetable broth for it.
  • Shallot: Swap the shallot for red onion.
  • Olives: Add kalamata olives to the sauce.

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Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce

4.85 from 20 votes
Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce is an easy fish recipe with fresh tomatoes, garlic, shallots and capers that’s ready in under 20 minutes.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Broiled Tilapia with Tomato Caper Sauce
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Yield: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece fish with sauce


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 fish fillets, such as tilapia, flounder, grouper, etc 6 oz each
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 1/4 cup white wine, I use Pinot Grigio
  • kosher salt and fresh black pepper


  • Preheat broiler to low with the rack positioned 6 inches from the flame.
  • Place fish on a sheet pan and brush with 1 tbsp olive and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the remaining olive oil. Add garlic and shallots and sauté on medium-low about 4-5 minutes. Add tomatoes and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Add wine and sauté until wine reduces, about 5 minutes. Add capers and sauté an additional minute.
  • Meanwhile, broil until fish is cooked through, about 6 to 8 minutes, depending on the thickness.
  • Place fish on a platter and top with tomato caper sauce.

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Serving: 1 piece fish with sauce, Calories: 257 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Protein: 37.5 g, Fat: 10.5 g, Fiber: 0.2 g, Sugar: 1 g


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73 comments on “Broiled Fish with Tomato Caper Sauce”

  1. My husband and I are not fans of Tilapia. Can I substitute Cod? The sauce recipe sounds amazing!

  2. Now that Lent is near I will be adding this to my weekly Friday rotation….I am always stuck when it comes to what to make on Friday's so we just end up with Pizza which I dont want anymore…..Going to Costco to buy the frozen portioned Tilapia and Salmon this week…can't go wrong with them they taste great.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    That is my goal! Trying to teach the world that eating healthy doesn't mean sacrificing taste.

  4. This is probably the 15th recipe of yours that I've made over the past month, and, like all the others, it was easy, interesting, flavourful, and tasty. My coworkers have seen all the great things I've brought for lunch, and all asked for your website, which I happily shared! Thanks again, and again, Gina. I'm on WW, and your site makes staying on plan so much more enjoyable.

  5. we loved this. first time we actually liked tilapia. going to try it with mahi now. I think it will become my new go-to recipe for fish….

  6. I usually ruin fish when I make it (except salmon). this sounds like a can't lose recipe – going to the market now! thx….

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    Chicken broth would work, though the flavor won't be the same. Will still be tasty though.

  8. My husband is Muslim and doesn't drink alcohol. I know the alcohol burns off when it's cooked, but I cannot talk him into that 😉 Anyway, we both enjoy your recipes so much. Is there ever a good substitute for wine?

  9. It turned out fabulous!! Thanks Gina! My husband was very impressed. I didn't have any issue with the broiler.

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    Gina @ Skinnytaste

    I think it will be fine, just don't put it too close to the flame, and keep and eye on it.

  11. I am going to make it tonight. My oven does not have a low broil option; it is either on or off; will it still cook ok? Any tips?

  12. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! I didn't have any Tilapia, so I made it with Tuna steaks. Yummy!

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    This Makes My Day

    I never used cappers with fish before, but now I will try it for sure because they are my two favorites in the kitchen to work with. Thanks Gina and thanks also for your latest comment!
    Buen fin de semana/good weekend.

  14. I fixed this last night for dinner only since the market was out of tilapia, used mahi-mahi. It was a hit with my husband and I thought it tasted pretty good, too! We had steamed carrots, squash and peppers as an accompaniment for a nice light meal!

  15. I love capers on tilapia. I usually make a lemon garlic tilapia on brown rice with a salad. This wold make a nice change for this tasty fish. thanks.

  16. You don’t specify an amount for the capers, yet you say in the instructions “Add capers”. Can you explain?