Close-up of baked Tilapia Scampi fillets garnished with lemon slices and parsley

Delicious Tilapia Scampi Recipe | Easy and Affordable

Welcome to the ultimate guide on making the best Tilapia Scampi. If you love shrimp scampi but are looking for a more budget-friendly alternative, this recipe is perfect for you. With its rich garlic butter sauce and zesty lemon flavor, Tilapia Scampi is sure to become a favorite in your household.

The Best Tilapia Scampi Recipes

This Tilapia Scampi recipe is a delicious twist on the classic shrimp scampi. It’s easy to prepare and packed with flavors that will delight your taste buds. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion, this dish will impress your family and friends without breaking the bank.

Notes on Ingredients

The key ingredients for this Tilapia Scampi recipe are simple yet impactful. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Butter: Adds a rich and creamy base to the sauce.
  • Lemon Juice: Provides a fresh and tangy contrast to the butter.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with its aromatic and savory goodness.
  • Tilapia Fillets: A budget-friendly fish that absorbs the flavors beautifully.
  • Dried Parsley: Adds a touch of color and mild herbaceous note to the dish.

How to Make Tilapia Scampi

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine ¾ cup butter, 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice, and 8 halved cloves of garlic. Heat in the microwave in 10-second increments until the butter is melted and the garlic is softened, stirring between each session (about 1 minute total).
  3. Arrange the rinsed and patted dry tilapia fillets in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pour the butter mixture over the fillets, ensuring they are all evenly covered. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of dried parsley over the tilapia.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven, turning the fillets every 10 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 40 minutes total.

How to Serve Tilapia Scampi

Tilapia Scampi is best served hot, straight out of the oven. Pair it with a side of steamed vegetables, a fresh salad, or a serving of pasta to soak up the delicious garlic butter sauce. Garnish with extra parsley and lemon slices for an elegant presentation.

How to Store Tilapia Scampi

Store any leftover Tilapia Scampi in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. To reheat, place the fillets and sauce in a baking dish, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until heated through. Avoid using the microwave as it can dry out the fish.

Nutrition information

NutrientAmount per Serving% Daily Value*
Calories454 kcal23%
Total Fat37.07 g53%
Carbs2.33 g1%
Sugars0.16 g0%
Protein29.43 g59%
Sodium44.67 mg2%
Fiber0.23 g1%
Saturated Fat22.21 g111%
Trans Fat0 g
Monounsaturated Fat9.61 g
Polyunsaturated Fat1.26 g
Cholesterol147.67 mg49%
Calcium40.4 mg5%
Magnesium3.94 mg1%
Potassium1098.88 mg31%
Iron0.19 mg1%
Zinc0.13 mg1%
Phosphorus20.81 mg3%
Vitamin A309.72 mcg39%
Vitamin C3.09 mg4%
Thiamin B10.01 mg1%
Riboflavin B20.03 mg2%
Niacin B30.1 mg1%
Vitamin B60.08 mg6%
Folic Acid B92.47 mcg1%
Vitamin B120.07 mcg3%
Vitamin D0 mcg0%
Vitamin E0.99 mg8%
Vitamin K8.07 mcg11%
Nutrition Information for Tilapia Scampi

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

FAQs About Tilapia Scampi

Can I use fresh garlic instead of dried parsley?

Absolutely! Fresh garlic can enhance the flavor even more. Use minced fresh garlic in the butter mixture for a more robust garlic taste.

Can I substitute another fish for tilapia?

Yes, you can use any mild white fish like cod or haddock. Adjust the cooking time accordingly based on the thickness of the fillets.

Is this recipe suitable for a low-carb diet?

Yes, Tilapia Scampi is low in carbohydrates and can be enjoyed as part of a low-carb or keto-friendly meal plan.

A plate of Tilapia Scampi garnished with parsley and lemon slices

The Best Tilapia Scampi Recipes

Discover the delicious Tilapia Scampi Recipe, a budget-friendly alternative to shrimp scampi. Learn how to make this easy and flavorful dish with simple ingredients.
Temps de préparation 10 minutes
Temps de cuisson 45 minutes
Temps total 55 minutes
Type de plat Dinner Plate
Cuisine Italian
Portions 4 servings
Calories 483 kcal


  • ¾ cup butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic halved
  • 4 6 ounce tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley


  • Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C); prepare a baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Combine the butter, lemon juice, and garlic in a microwave-safe bowl; heat in microwave in 10-second increments until the butter is completely melted and the garlic has softened, stirring between each session, about 1 minute total.
  • Arrange the tilapia in the bottom of the prepared baking dish; pour the butter mixture over the fillets assuring they are all evenly covered. Sprinkle the parsley over the tilapia.
  • Bake in the preheated oven, turning the fillets every 10 minutes, until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 40 minutes total.
Keyword Baked Fish, Butter Sauce, Seafood
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Enjoy making and savoring this delightful Tilapia Scampi!

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