When I went to the grocery store recently I was so happy to find fresh tilapia on sale that week so I knew I just had to buy it and try something new in the kitchen. Believe me it's not often that I see a good sale on fresh fish around my area so I definitely jumped at the chance. I wanted to make something of course simple but definitely more on the romantic side, a dinner for two as some may say. I happened to have dill in the fridge that day and had my idea at hand! I am a firm believer that when people cook with fresh fish they should really let the fish shine on the plate, and not cover it up with thick sauces. I think I did that with this.

Serves 2


  • 2 fresh tilapia fillets
  • kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup of dry white wine or fish stock
  • 1/4 cup of fresh dill, chopped

Season the fresh tilapia fillets with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter in a medium non-stick skillet, on medium high heat, and place the fish gently into the pan. Sear the fish on both sides. It should take no more than 3 minutes per side, flip when the fish is nice and brown on the edges.

When you flip the fish to cook on the other side, sprinkle lemon zest over top and squeeze the juice all over the fish fillets. Once you start to see the fish brown on the edges, pour the white wine or fish stock over and let the alcohol cook off for a minute. Quickly add in the fresh dill, swirl the pan around to incorporate the herb. Take the pan off the heat and serve immediately.

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