Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia — Damn Delicious

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Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

30 min. ONE sheet pan. Done and done. With the butteriest, flakiest fish ever! With roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes.

I think it’s safe to say my birthday week has come to a halt.

After an entire sheet cake and 4971 mini donuts, I don’t think I can celebrate another day.

So I’ll be here, stuffing my face with this.

I’ll be stuffing my face with that lemon butter sauce.

No need for fish or veggies.

I don’t care that it’s on the same sheet pan.

Just that butter sauce for me.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

30 min. ONE sheet pan. Done and done. With the butteriest, flakiest fish ever! With roasted asparagus and cherry tomatoes.


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 pound asparagus, trimmed
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
  • 1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, garlic, lemon juice and Italian seasoning; reserve 2 tablespoons and set aside.
  3. Place asparagus in a single layer onto one side of the prepared baking sheet. Stir in 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Place tomatoes in a single layer in the middle of the prepared baking sheet. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Place tilapia in a single layer onto the opposite side of the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with butter mixture.
  6. Place into oven and bake until fish flakes easily with a fork and the tomatoes begin to burst and have softened, about 11-13 minutes.
  7. Serve with reserved butter mixture, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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This looks delicious. BUT I am afraid to buy fish/shrimp

read all the time how they are raised and not to eat them

I am afraid to buy it! PS: love your recipes and comments!!

I agree…tilapia is a very, very toxic fish…don’t understand why it is on the market?

What is it that makes tilapia toxic? I don’t think it is on the mercury list?

This looks yummy. Do you think the sauce would work using ghee or olive oil instead of butter?

Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

thanks for the recipe! I was wondering what other veggie could work besides tomatoes?

I’m not a fan of tilapia. Can you recommend another fish that will work as well?

You should research farmed fish…..
please advocate wild sustainable seafood

Her website is for teaching recipes, its your job to decide what ingredients and where you buy them

Do you think this sauce would taste just as good with zucchini instead of asparagus?

This looks like a perfect weeknight dinner! Thanks for sharing =)

Tilapia is the most contaminated fish you can eat.

Then by all means, don’t eat it.

Looks great, is very appetizing

This looks delicious and healthy, plus, reminds me of Mediterranean sea…. 🙂

BOOM! I made this tonight and it was fantastic. Asparagus isn’t good at the store right now so I switched to zucchini with the tomatoes and added baby bellas. The only true difference to the recipe…I added capers and a dusting of paprika. Thanks for the recipe. I usually pan sear, but this was so much easier and looked beautiful on the plate.

How did you slice zucchini?

That is a lot more than one pound of asparagus

I’ve been wanting another recipe for fish and this sounds like something everyone will love!

Oh my. My husband and I just got done eating this dish and it was amazing! The only thing I noticed was that I had to roast it about 10 minutes more than the recipe, but it could very well be the oven I use (waiting to build and renting an apartment with different oven). I didn’t have Tilapia, so I use Swai which was just yummy! Thank you for yet another fantastic, easy recipe!

We don’t like fish. Any suggestions for how I could adjust to use boneless chicken breasts?

Yes, you may need to adjust cooking time as needed.

Just asked about chicken adaptation, but have now found your one pan baked chicken with asparagus. Will take chicken directions from it and meld with the sauce here. Hopefully that will work. Thanks. Only recently discovered your website and am thoroughly enjoying all the 5 things I’ve made so far. Now, I just come directly to your website and find what I want without searching the world wide web any further! Thanks.

Hi! We LOVE your recipes (that one pot pasta- OMG). I was wondering if there was something else we could substitute for the lemon juice in this recipe? My husband is not a fan of lemons, but I really want to cook more fish. We are at an impasse…

You can try to omit.

Thank you for this recipe – I made it tonight and my entire family loved it and I loved how easy it was! Great recipe!

Do you know the nutritional information?

Nutritional information is provided only for select and new recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, I recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”) to obtain such information. Hope that helps!

I saw a video of how they raise Tilapia. I would not eat it. I made recipe with Cod. It was good. I do not buy farm raised any fish.

I tried this last night and it was amazing! The fish literally melted in my mouth, and I wasn’t sure how I would like the tomatoes but they were fantastic too. This is definitely going into regular rotation, thanks for sharing!

I think some of these remarks about Tilapia need further investigation. “Tilapia, in short, is an environmentally friendly, lean, low-calorie source of protein. We need all of those we can get.” (Washington Post)
Depending on the country where it is farmed could be an important factor.
Read up folks and don’t automatically discount this low calorie protein. I’m trying this recipe tonight! Sounds delish!!

Totally loved this tonight! Used shrimp instead of tilapia because that’s what I had. Very yummy!

I just made this tonight for dinner and it was great, I loved it! I followed the recipe to the T and I was not disappointed. I will definitely be making this again. Thank you Chungah!

I made this tonight. It was really good. I did sprinkle some blackening seasoning on the fish. Thanks for the recipe. I was getting tired of fish tacos lol

I made this tonight. Was soooo easy. I doubled the recipe and the kids finished it off. I only got a few bites. Was simple and delicious. Tilapia worked great. Thank you!

YES! It was perfect! And super simple. Beats the heck out of overcooked pork chops or greasy hamburgers. It was great as is, and I can’t wait to tweak it to suit the seasons. THANK YOU!

Delicious meal– thanks for the recipe 🙂 And for those interested in the “bottom line” on tilapia, you may be interested in this article 🙂

I’m going to try this with cod. Looks delicious!

Delicious and flavorful fish and asparagus- didn’t make the tomatoes. The fish was cooked perfectly for us at 15 minutes. Didn’t have lemon and tasted great even without it. Thanks for the recipe.

We tried this last with catfish. My husband doesn’t like tilapia. It was delicious and I will be making this again. I only used 1 clove of garlic and it was perfect.

Amazing! Thanks for sharing Mary.

Fast, easy and, SURPRISE!, damn delicious!H

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