Mexican Garlic Broiled Tilapia


  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia fillets (or other white fish)
  • 6 large cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T good olive oil
  • 3 T lime juice
  • 2 T water
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
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Mexican Garlic Broiled Tilapia

Time: 5 minutes prep, 7 minutes cook
Servings: 4-6


  1. In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add the butter, olive oil, lime juice, water and garlic, stirring gently as needed until the butter melts.
  2. Meanwhile, spray cooking spray in a shallow, nonstick, baking or roasting pan, and arrange the fillets in a single layer, sprinkling Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper on both sides.
  3. Pour the butter mixture over the fish, and sprinkle the cumin seeds on top. Broil about 5-6 inches from the heat until the fish flakes easily (about 5-7 minutes), spooning the sauce over the fish once (optional). Remove and serve immediately to plates, topping with the chopped fresh cilantro.
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I love the lime-garlic flavored fish that I get when I'm down in Mexico, especially in Puerto Vallarta. Normally it is grilled down there, but I think the recipe on the broiler does an even better job. The fish stays very moist, but still gets a little crispy on top from the broiler. The lemon-garlic-butter flavor is to die for. My kids all said this is hands down the best Tilapia they've had...and they've tried it a lot of different ways. I think you'll probably agree with them. To top it off, this is an amazingly easy recipe. So give it a try! I served it with mexican rice (recipe linked below), refried beans, and fresh tortillas.


  • Nancy Miyasaki
    January 21, 2013
    This was mouthwatering and has me looking forward to our trip to Cancun this spring!
    I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
    • TNcricket
      October 30, 2013
      Great flavor. Will try again and make into fish tacos. Thanks!
      I've cooked/tasted this recipe!
      • Denise Sherin
        August 17, 2014
        Just bought some Tilapia and was looking for something different to try...this is it. can't wait. I like the idea of turning them into fish tacos in the other review too... we'll see.


        • ShaleeDP
          January 29, 2013
          This fish recipe is a sure for my kid. She loves fish and I will definitely give this a try.