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A creamy, lemony sauce with herbs is typically an indulgence that you don’t have often, but not anymore! My healthy Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia has a luxurious cream sauce with a punch of lemon and herbs. First, I season the fish with salt, pepper, lemon seasoning, and fresh dill before pouring light butter and lemon juice over the top. Then, I bake the fish while I make the sauce. The sauce is simply light cream cheese, lemon juice, and more fresh dill. Serve the sauce on top of the flaky fish. This healthy and flavorful Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia will be your favorite healthy way to eat fish!

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Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia

What are the Health Benefits of this Dish?

To kick-start this recipe into the healthy territory, I use light butter and light cream cheese for the fish and the sauce. This immediately cuts down on the calorie and fat count in the end. Tilapia is already an extremely low calorie and low fat protein. Dill is commonly known as a digestive aid, curing an upset stomach and gas with it’s folic acid content. Lemons of course add a great source of vitamin C to this dish. Just because a dish is healthy doesn’t mean it shouldn’t have lots of flavor!

Lemon and herbs together are one of my favorite combinations. For more lemon-herb recipes, try my One Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Rice!

Easy Lemon Tilapia

Ingredients in Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia

  • tilapia fillets
  • lemon peel seasoning
  • light butter
  • lemon juice
  • fresh dill
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • ⅓-less fat cream cheese
  • lemon zest

How to Make Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia

Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with foil and nonstick cooking spray, or a large oven safe skillet.

Season each fillet with salt and black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the lemon peel seasoning evenly on each fillet, then brush with the melted butter, squeeze of lemon, and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the chopped dill over each fillet.

Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and the flesh flakes easily with a fork.

While the fish is baking, make the sauce: In a small microwave safe bowl, soften the cream cheese 30 seconds at a time, until very soft.

Stir in the lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped dill, and lemon zest into the melted cream cheese.

Evenly divide the sauce between the 4 fillets, and serve hot.

Lemon Tilapia

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Easy Baked Lemon Tilapia

Created by: Brooke Farmer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
4 servings
Tilapia is baked in a flavorful lemon-herb rub before baking and then topped with a light lemon-herb cream sauce that is out of this world!

Ingredients
 

  • 4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
  • 1 tbsp lemon peel seasoning
  • 2 tbsp light butter, melted
  • Juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 ounces 1/3-less fat cream cheese
  • Juice of 2 lemons, (about 4 tablespoons)
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a baking sheet with foil and nonstick cooking spray, or a large oven safe skillet.
  • Season each fillet with salt and black pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the lemon peel seasoning evenly on each fillet, then brush with the melted butter, squeeze of lemon, and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the chopped dill over each fillet.
  • Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until the fish is opaque and the flesh flakes easily with a fork.
  • While the fish is baking, make the sauce: In a small microwave safe bowl, soften the cream cheese 30 seconds at a time, until very soft.
  • Stir in the lemon juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon of chopped dill, and lemon zest into the melted cream cheese.
  • Evenly divide the sauce between the 4 fillets, and serve hot.

Notes

Calories from fat: 106
SmartPoints: 6

Nutrition

Calories: 252kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 153mg | Sugar: 1g

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