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To cook this easy oven-baked tilapia, you will need –
Fish Fillets – This recipe is prepared with Tilapia fillets. But if you don’t get access to the same, feel free to use any other white fish.
Marination – For the marinade, you will need lemon juice, unsalted butter, garlic, hot paprika (or use Kashmiri red chilli powder), salt, and black pepper. Use fresh garlic, as it adds the most flavour and complements the butter really well. You can adjust the amount of lemon juice and paprika as per your taste.
Use freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best taste. You can even substitute butter with extra virgin olive oil if you want a healthy alternative.
Parsley – Finally garnish it with some fresh parsley. You can even use fresh cilantro leaves instead.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Wash 4-5 medium-sized tilapia fillets with water and pat them dry using a paper towel. Line the tilapia fillets on a 9×13 inch baking tray.
Note – if using frozen fillets, thaw them before using.
Tilapia fillets arranged on a baking tray.
Stir together 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, ½ teaspoon hot paprika (or Kashmiri red chilli powder), ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper in a small mixing bowl.
Marinade ingredients mixed in a bowl.
Pour the marinade over the Tilapia fillets. Arrange 3-4 slices of lemon over the fish.
Marinade poured over the fillets.
Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until the fish is flaky and fork-tender. Garnish with pepper flakes, lemon slices, and chopped parsley or cilantro, and serve hot.