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Tilapia Al Ajillo (Garlic Tilapia)


  • 1 1⁄2lbs tilapia fillets
  • 4garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 3tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • lemon, for serving
  • chopped parsley (to garnish)


  • Season tilapia fillets with salt and pepper.
  • Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Put fillets in first, and when they start to turn color a bit (after 1-2 minutes) add garlic slices.
  • Continue cooking about 4 minutes or so, then flip fillets.
  • Fry until cooked through, and fish flakes easily with a fork– this will depend entirely on the thickness of your fillets, so you will need to watch them carefully.
  • The garlic should turn a dark golden brown, but not be burned, if you notice that the garlic is starting to burn, spoon it over the fish, so it is no longer in contact with the pan.
  • Serve with freshly squeezed lemon juice and garnish with chopped parsley.


  • Robs415

    Quick, easy and delicious!

  • yogi

    Delicious, easy, and healthy! I only had one thin tilapia fillet, which I knew would cook through very quickly, so I put one clove of sliced garlic in at the same time as the fish. They both were done perfectly.

  • Daisie

    YUMMY! This was the first time I’ve ever made tilapia and this recipe was so easy and delicious! My kids loved it!!

  • ladypit

    We thought this was so-so. I used half the amount of oil called for and we thought it was much too oily. The taste was ok, but not anything I would make again. Wish we had liked it more!

  • Chef GreanEyes

    YUMMY!! added a little white wine in the cooking process and a few dashes of old bay seasoning. very very good!!

  • PirateBabe

    Yummy!!! Very easy to make and my whole family just loved it.

  • Kiss*My*Tiara

    This was extremely easy and it tasted wonderful. Just the perfect amount of garlic to make it nice and garlicky. I would suggest using a non-stick pan because Talapia is so fragile. I didn’t use non-stick and mine stuck a little to the pan even though I have a nice heavy bottom one. It didn’t matter though because it was awesome! I have yet to be disappointed by one of your recipes! Oh yeah… I served this with garlic mashed potatoes, roasted yellow and green squash and garlic bread. It was a major garlic night for us!

  • Pansori

    This was yummy and easy! A little salt, a little pepper and LOTS of garlic sure goes a long way! 🙂

  • Laladelapaz8

    Thank you for the recipe my family loved it!!

  • Bec

    Very tasty! This has to be the easiet dish to prepare! I just love garlic, so this fit my tastes well. Thanks for sharing!