Tilapia with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

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Lemon cream sauce for fish

Tilapia Glazed in Lemon Cream Sauce

I recently decided to keep fish on-hand and cook it regularly for my family, so I was happy to find this recipe on Pinterest. Thanks to Get Off Your Butt and Bake for sharing this one because it is a keeper, husband-approved!

One of the things I love so much about this recipe and other recipes that use fish is how healthy it is! Fish is high in nutrients, good for your brain, and can even help improve your sleep quality (and much more)!


Tilapia is one of the least expensive fish you can buy, and I think it is delicious. I have seen frozen tilapia fillets for as low as $2.98/lb and I think Costco sells them for around $5.99/lb. Fresh tilapia can also be found for cheap, especially if you have a Hispanic market to shop.

By the way, if you want to save more money consistently as you shop (without using coupons), check out some of our grocery savings tips.

Lemon Cream Sauce

I’ve never made a lemon cream sauce for fish before and boy have I been missing out. It really is the star of this recipe; it’s creamy and the flavor goes so well with the tilapia.

Tip: Before you juice a lemon, zest it. Add a little bit of water to the zest and freeze it in an ice cube tray or small container for a later time.

Serving Tips

There are a ton of different side dish possibilities to go with this tilapia. A nice green salad is a healthy choice, but you could also try some simple grilled zucchini with lemon salt to stick with the lemon theme here. Don’t forget some dinner rolls as well!

Put all that together and your stomach is going to be extremely happy with you. Enjoy!

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Lemon cream sauce for tilapia

Tilapia with Lemon Cream Sauce Recipe

This tilapia with lemon cream sauce will melt in your mouth.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4


  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1 c Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tilapia or other white fish fillets
  • 4 Tbsp oil for frying Peanut, grapeseed, canola, safflower, sunflower, or other oil with a high smoke point

Lemon Cream Sauce


  • Mix flour and seasoning together on a plate or shallow dish.
  • In bowl, beat egg with a fork or whisk.
  • Place the bread crumbs on second plate or dish.
  • Coat fish with flour mixture, dip into egg, then coat well with breadcrumbs. 
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet.
  • Add fish fillets, and cook about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Lemon Cream Sauce

  • On low heat, melt butter in saucepan.
  • Quickly stir in the flour.
  • Stir until bubbly and creamy. 
  • Whisk in the milk slowly, and continue whisking so that no lumps are visible.
  • Stir in the onion powder and sugar. 
  • On medium heat, continue stirring until sauce has thickened.
  • Remove from heat and squeeze in the fresh lemon juice. Stir well.

Recipe Notes

Fish should flake easily with a fork. Be careful not to overcook.


Calories: 523kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 30g | Sodium: 328mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g
Ingredients: Egg, Lemon
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, Sauces, Spreads, and Dressings, Spring, Summer
Categories: Seafood, Stove Top

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