August 21, 2013

Recipe Redo: Lemon Caper Tilapia

This recipe was originally posted in December of 2011. From time to time, I am going to go back and redo some of the recipes that I made back when I didn't really know what I was doing. I still am not the best photographer, but I can at least make it look like something you might want to put in your mouth.

Originally, I thickened this recipe with cornstarch, but I remade it using butter, and the results were a lot better. So while this has more fat than the original posted recipe, I think it is worth it.

This dish is so light and flavorful and is definitely one of my favorites. It is satisfying enough to keep you full for a while, but does not weigh you down. I like to serve it with rice and spinach and spoon some of the lemon juice over both of them.

Lemon Caper Tilapia
Adapted from Cooking Light

Makes 2 servings, serving size 1 piece of fish and sauce

3/4 cup fat free, low sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons capers, drained (feel free to adjust)
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter
2 tilapia fillets (about 8 oz)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons butter

1. Combine chicken broth, lemon juice and capers; set aside.

2.  Melt olive oil and butter in a large skillet; while that is heating, sprinkle tilapia with salt and pepper. In a small dish, sprinkle flour and dredge tilapia through, shaking off excess.

3. When olive oil and butter is very hot, place tilapia in the skillet and cook about 3 minutes on each side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

4. Remove tilapia and add broth mixture to the pan, scraping up the browned bits. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until reduced down to about 1/2 cup, about 3-4 minutes. Whisk in remaining two teaspoons of butter and cook until thickened slightly. Remove from heat. To serve, drizzle lemon sauce over tilapia.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 270
Fat: 10
Carbohydrates: 12
Fiber: 1
Protein: 31
Sodium: 814
Points+: 4


  1. I go back and retake photos all the time :) This recipe looks great, my two boys are obsessed with any type of fish right now. If they had their way we would eat seafood three times a day!

  2. I'd like to re-do some of my old recipes too... especially ones I really liked but the pictures probably didn't do it justice. Never seem to get around to it though! : ) I love the idea of using fish instead of the typical chicken in this dish. It really looks delicious.

  3. Light and delicious. My kind of recipe.

  4. This is such a tasty way to prepare tilapia! I love a good buttery, lemony fish. Lovely recipe!

  5. This recipe looks great- I love chicken piccata so I know I would love this tilapia version too!

  6. This looks wonderful... I make a similar dish but for some reason I don't like capers.... I wish I did - they look great on this dish!


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