Freezer Meal Recipes: Skillet Honey Lime Tilapia

This is a great way to serve tilapia fish fillets: healthy, flavorful, and quick.

honey lime tilapia fish recipe

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.

honey lime tilapia in the making

It would be great served with fresh lime wedges and rice (coconut rice, cauliflower “rice”) with steamed veggies or salad.

To keep this TERRAfit-friendly, use whole grain flour.

Honey Lime Tilapia

Rating: 51

Yield: 4 servings

Honey Lime Tilapia


    Fish and Marinade:
  • 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
  • Dredging and Cooking:
  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Serve immediately with lime wedges.
  4. Preparing For the Freezer:
  5. 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.
  6. Prepare after Freezing:
  7. 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.

skillet honey lime tilapia freezer meal

Recipe from One Lovely Life & Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

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  • Patricia Riesett

    This was DELICIOUS!! I also added 1/4 teaspoon of Old Bay Seasoning to the flour mixture. This marinade would probably work with any type of white fish. I’m going to try it with chicken (will probably grill the chicken instead of breading it and frying it, though)

  • Dale

    This is best and easiest way to fix Tilapia.

  • Alyssa

    Hi there! I buy frozen, individually packed tilapia filets. I would love to use your freezing recipe so I can have these on hand to make it easier. Should I thaw the filets first before pouring in the marinade and then re-freeze, or just leave the filets frozen to begin with? Thank you so much!

  • Amanda

    I tried this tonight and it was amazing! The fish was moist and not to mention the flavor and texture was amazing! Another go-to recipe for recipe book! Thanks for posting!

  • Sam

    Can this be adopted to grill the fish?

    • Melanie

      I haven’t tried grilling tilapia before, but I think it should work well! Let me know how it goes if you try it!


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