My go-to tilapia recipe is normally spicy baked tilapia, but this might just rival that! The combination of the crispy outside with the sweet honey flavor is absolutely mouth-watering. I highly recommend this for people who are not big fish fans, because it is definitely different and worth trying at least once.
- 4 fresh (or thawed) tilapia filets
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/3 cup flour [I used whole wheat pastry]
- 2 tablespoons olive oil for frying
- additional honey + lime zest mixed for drizzling
60 minutes before cooking, season tilapia filets with salt and pepper then lay in a baking dish or into a large ziplock bag. In a bowl, combine olive oil, honey, lime juice and zest, and crushed garlic and whisk until combined. Pour over tilapia and let marinate for an hour.
Add flour, plus a bit more salt, pepper, and lime zest, to a bowl and set aside.
Heat a cast iron skillet (or a non-stick skillet) over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Dredge each piece of tilapia through the flour until you have a very light coating. Making sure the pan is hot, add tilapia to the oil and cook until flaky and crispy on each side – about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove tilapia from pan and let drain on a paper towel for a few minutes. Serve with an additional drizzle of lime + honey.