Fried tilapia fillets on a green oval serving platter with lemon wedges.
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Pan Fried Tilapia

My kids favorite way of eating tilapia. Crunchy from outside with soft white flesh.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinate for30 mins
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 186.1kcal
Author: Amira Ibrahim


  • 1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets.
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • 2 Tablespoon canola oil.
  • 1/2 - 1 teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 3 Large garlic cloves 1 teaspoons minced garlic.
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (juice of half Large lemon)
  • 3/4 - 1 cup flour
  • Oil for frying


  • In a deep bowl add garlic, oil, lemon juice , cumin and salt. Mix well.
  • Add fish fillets and toss to cover with marinade.
  • Cover and let it set for 30 minutes.
  • In a skillet over medium heat, fill the skillet with almost 1 inch frying oil.
  • Bread the fish both sides with flour and shake excess flour off.
  • Fry fillets in oil 5-8 minutes per side according to your liking.Note1
  • Serve garnished with lemon wedges.



Note1: Here are some other ways to fry/cook the tilapia, the one stated above is our favorite though.
1- Dip tilapia in flour then a beaten egg then bread crumbs and fry, it is still tastes very delicious especially for little kiddos who do not like fish as this way it makes it more like breaded chicken.
2- You can shallow fry the fish if you do not like deep frying. Just heat 2 Tablespoons of oil in a skillet and fry fish for 3-4 minutes each side on medium-low. Watch out as fish can burn easily.
3- Skip the breeding altogether and brush each side with olive oil then broil for 15 minutes turning once in between.
4- Low carb recipe: Dip tilapia in a beaten egg then coat with almond flour generously. Heat two tablespoons of butter and fry on medium on both sides.


Calories: 186.1kcal | Protein: 24.1g | Fat: 6.7g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 412.8mg | Potassium: 17.4mg | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Iron: 1.4mg