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📋Garlicky Chili Lemon Baked Tilapia Recipe

Dinner made real easy and fast with this garlicky chili lemon baked tilapia recipes. The spice run is sensational and full of flavors. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 399kcal


  • 6 tilapia fillets about 1.5 ounce each
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 8 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4-5 lemon slices
  • 2 tablespoon chicken stock (optional)

For Garnish

  • Chopped Cilantro


  • It only takes 3 simple and easy steps if you were wondering how to bake tilapia.
  • Mix smoked paprika, chili powder, cumin powder, ground pepper, salt, lemon juice, lemon zest (not shown in video), garlic in melted butter.
  • Pour it over tilapia fish lined up on baking tray(greased with butter or oil).
  • Bake the fish at 400F for about 10 minutes. Time will vary based on your fish fillet size.
  • Once done, garnish baked tilapia with finely chopped cilantro and serve immediately with rice or quinoa or couscous. 
  • Best serve hot.



A secret tip to preventing the spices from burning in the oven is add 2 tablespoon of chicken stock on one corner of the tray in between cooking time. This is optional step but you'll see how moist and chicken tilapia turns out of oven. You can pour the chicken stock in the before popping the fish into the oven at the beginning, but it might dilute the spice rub mix making the fish loose some of it's spices into the liquid. 
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 991mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1095IU | Vitamin C: 61.2mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 3mg