This is a great way to serve tilapia fish fillets: healthy, flavorful, and quick.
It is nice to just open the freezer and see a bag of the fish fillets and marinade all ready to go. It makes an already easy dish even easier! You’ll just need time for it to thaw and then the flour, salt, pepper, and oil to dredge and cook.
- 4 tilapia fillets (4-5 oz each)
- zest of 1 lime, plus 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup all-purpose or whole wheat flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
- lime wedges for serving
- Fish and Marinade: In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice and zest, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic. Place the tilapia in a gallon-size resealable bag and pour the marinade on top of the fish. Press the air out of the bag, seal it, and refrigerate for at least an hour, up to 4 hours.Flip the bag over once or twice during the marinading time.
- Dredging and Cooking: In a shallow dish, whisk together flour, salt and pepper. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat until rippling and hot. Dredge each tilapia fillet in the flour, coating both sides lightly. Cook the fillets for 3-5 minutes per side without moving the fish while it cooks. Adjust the cooking time as needed, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Cook in batches, if necessary, so the skillet isn't overcrowded.
- Serve immediately with lime wedges.
- Whisk together the marinade ingredients as described above. Place the tilapia in a gallon-size resealable bag and pour the marinade on top of the fish. Press the air out of the bag, seal it. Freeze.
- Remove bag from freezer the night before or morning of and place it in the refrigerator. Let the fish marinate while it thaws. Flip the bag over once or twice during the marinading time. Then dredge and cook as directed above.
If the tilapia fillets are already frozen and you plan to store this as a freezer meal, do not thaw the fillets before preparing for the freezer. Just keep them frozen and add them to a bag with the marinade.