Eat Smart  |  Posted 10.22.14

Citrus Tilapia

Citrus Tilapia

This light fish entrée gets a flavor boost from a citrus glaze made from fresh lemon juice, orange juice, and fresh ginger. For stronger, more acidic flavor, add lemon zest and additional juice. Make sure to use a high-quality 100 percent juice that is freshly squeezed (not from concentrate).

4 servings.
Prep Time: 15 minutes or less
Total Time: 30 minutes or less


  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb tilapia fillets
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice or high-quality store-bought orange juice
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/2 tsp grated fresh ginger


  • On a plate, combine the flour and a sprinkle or salt and pepper. Lightly dredge the tilapia in the flour.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, add the oil and butter. When the butter has melted, add the fish and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until golden and just cooked through. Remove the fish and set aside.
  • Add the orange juice, 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice, and the ginger to the skillet. Increase the heat and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes, or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Taste and add lemon zest or more lemon juice if necessary. Return the fish to the skillet, coat with sauce, and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through.

Nutritional Information Per Serving: 200 calories, 9g total fat, 7g carbohydrate, 0g dietary fiber, 3g sugars, 23g protein, 55mg sodium

Recipe from "What To Eat During Cancer Treatment" by The American Cancer Society.