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Grilled Tilapia Piccata

We aren’t big fish eaters, but a friend made this for us, and we couldn’t believe how wonderful it was! Now we eat it regularly. I love making it for guests because it’s simple, looks lovely and tastes restaurant-worthy. —Beth Cooper, Columbus, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a small bowl, whisk lemon zest, lemon juice, oil and garlic until blended; stir in capers and 2 tablespoons basil. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture for drizzling cooked fish. Brush remaining mixture onto both sides of tilapia; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Grill tilapia on a lightly oiled rack, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 3-4 minutes on each side. Drizzle with reserved lemon mixture; sprinkle with remaining basil.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 206 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 398mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • kvelthaus
    Jul 1, 2020

    I will try this but WITHOUT using FARMED fish. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to it.

  • xxcskier
    Jun 8, 2020

    This was a delicious recipe to make while on the open road in the motorhome. Simple to make with bright flavor.

  • itsmesusan
    Sep 20, 2017

    Delicious & sooooo quick & easy to prepare! Every family member loved this - I am making it again, for the 1st night of the Jewish New Year tonight (for company) tonight! I broiled it. I used extra lemon & capers... Plenty of flavor!

  • Summersh
    Aug 27, 2017

    It was ok.

  • Clara
    Jul 17, 2017

    I found this recipe very bland. If I make it again, I would add more spices. Minced jalapeno among others probably would help a lot. Sorry.

  • Cook_aholic
    Sep 1, 2016

    Nice light fish dish. I did cook it in a frying pan because tilapia tends to fall apart on the grill.

  • mumsay
    Jul 27, 2016

    I made this recipe as is, and we thought it was okay, but not great. I'd eat it again, but it's not a favorite.

  • justmbeth
    May 31, 2016

    Nice, light preparation. Made as is.

  • hkpepin
    Apr 5, 2016

    Excellent and easy! I used dried basil rather than fresh and skipped the lemon peel since I didn't have any. I also didn't use the grill (wrong season) and cooked the fish in a skillet instead. Great flavor! I served it with asparagus and my kids ate the fish but I can't say that they loved it. I would absolutely make this again. Good flavor and easy to get on the table quickly.

  • LoveMi
    Jun 16, 2015

    Love this recipe! didn't add the capers because I am just not a fan. Had some left over sauce and put it on the fresh broccoli that I put on the grill, it was amazing!