A dish of one piece of Egyptian pan seared tilapia with a side of white rice and cilantro and lemon slices as a garnish
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Egyptian Pan-Seared Tilapia (15 minutes)

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This easy Egyptian pan-seared tilapia recipe is my go-to when I am out of time! It is healthy, gluten-free, tender, and delicious.

Tilapia can be cooked in many ways, but I am leveling up my tilapia to taste more like the middle eastern (Egyptian) flavor with NO flour!

What is nice about this recipe is that it comes together in 15 minutes with only a few simple ingredients.

A dish of one piece of Egyptian pan seared  tilapia with a side of white rice and cilantro and lemon slices as a garnish

Is Tilapia Fish Good For You?

Fish, in general, is one of the best sources of protein and nutrients, making it a healthy food option.

  • Tilapia contains high amounts of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin B12, Vitamin D, choline, selenium, and phosphorus. (1)
  • Tilapia, like any other kind of fish, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have fantastic health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, lowering blood pressure, decreasing the risk of cancer, and improving the function of the cells that line your arteries. (2,3)

Egyptian Pan Seared Tilapia Ingredients:

A plate of three pieces of raw tilapia, a small bowl of spices, cilantro and lemon
  • Tilapia fish: Boneless fillets (fresh or frozen).
  • Ground cumin, ground coriander, and sweet paprika: Enhance the flavor.
  • Cayenne pepper or chili flakes (optional): Add a kick of heat.
  • Garlic: Adds a great flavor and fragrance.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed, gives a tangy taste.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Butter: I used light butter; it adds a crispy and golden color to the tilapia.
  • Salt and black pepper: To taste.
  • Garnish: Chopped fresh cilantro and lemon slices.
a plate of two pieces of tilapia rubbed with the spices

How To Make Pan-Seared Tilapia?

  1. Prepare the spices. Mix the salt, black pepper, ground cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), minced garlic, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  2. Season the tilapia. Rub the tilapia with the mixed spices.
  3. Cook. Heat the olive oil and butter over medium-high heat in a skillet. Add two pieces of the tilapia and cook on one side for about 4 minutes; flip it carefully and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Repeat the same process for the other tilapia pieces and oil/butter.
  4. Serve. Serve hot with white or brown rice on the side, tahini sauce, and garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon slices.
A dish of one piece of Egyptian pan seared tilapia with a side of white rice and cilantro and lemon slices as a garnish

Important Tips:

  • Before flipping the tilapia to the other side, look for brown edges.
  • If the tilapia stuck on the skillet, then it is not ready to flip; just leave it for 30 seconds and make sure that the edges are brown, then flip.
  • Greasing the pan with oil/butter is important to avoid the tilapia stuck on the pan.
  • Any white fish can be used as a substitute for the tilapia in  this recipe (Grouper, Red Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Cod, Halibut, and Sea Bass).

How to know when tilapia is done?

It is easy to know when the fish is ready when it turns from its raw appearance into opaque, and by using an instant-read thermometer, an internal temperature should reach 140-145°F.

If you don’t have a thermometer, use a fork to cut the tilapia. If it flakes apart easily, that means it’s ready.

What To Serve With The Egyptian Pan-Seared Tilapia?

You can serve this Egyptian pan-seared tilapia with:

  • sautéed vegetables.
  • Pasta: Regular or Whole wheat pasta.
A dish of one piece of Egyptian pan seared tilapia with a side of white rice and cilantro and lemon slices as a garnish

Storage:

Store the left-over tilapia in an air-tight container for 2-3 days.

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5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Raneem Course: DinnerCuisine: EgyptianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

10

minutes
Calories

126

kcal
Total time

15

minutes

This easy Egyptian pan-seared tilapia recipe is my go-to when I am out of time! It is healthy, gluten-free, delicious, and tender. It comes together in 15 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound 1 Tilapia Fillets (3-4 fillet)

  • 1 Teaspoon 1 Sea Salt

  • 1 Teaspoon 1 Black Pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Ground Cumin

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Ground Coriander

  • 1 Teaspoon 1 Sweet Paprika

  • 1/4 Teaspoon 1/4 Cayenne pepper or Chili flakes (optional)

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Minced Garlic (1-2 cloves)

  • 1 1 Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Tablespoon 1 Butter

  • Garnish Garnish Chopped Cilantro

  • Garnish Garnish Lemon Slices

Directions

  • Mix the salt, black pepper, ground cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne pepper (optional), minced garlic, and lemon juice in a small bowl.
  • Rub the tilapia fillets with the mixed spices on a large plate.
     
  • In a skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over high-medium heat. Add two pieces of the tilapia and cook on one side for about 4 minutes; until brown edges appear, flip it carefully and cook for about 4-5 minutes. Repeat the same process for the other tilapia pieces and oil/butter.
  • Serve hot with white or brown rice on the side, tahini sauce, and garnish with chopped cilantro and lemon slices.

Notes

  • You can use frozen or fresh tilapia; if frozen, thaw them in the fridge for 24 hours (if you are out of time, run cold water on them).
  • If the tilapia is stuck on the pan, then it is not ready to flip; just leave it for 30 seconds and make sure that the edges are brown, then slip.

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