Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Sweet Citrus Tilapia Recipe

Nov 5, 2012

Sweet Citrus Tilapia Recipe

Fish has always been a favorite food of mine. I have so many memories of fishing on the lake growing up in Minnesota. Our state is nicknamed "Land of 10,000 Lakes" so where ever you are, there's usually a lake somewhere close by!

When I don't have access to fresh fish, I usually buy tilapia. It's easy to cook and you can prepare it with so many methods and flavors. This recipe turned out fantastic!! I love the slight sweetness from the brown sugar and it pairs well with the citrus flavors. The original recipe called for cayenne, but I skipped that because my daughter isn't very fond of spicy foods. It turned out perfect without it! Enjoy!

Sweet Citrus Tilapia (print recipe)

What you need:
4- 6 ounce tilapia fillets
1/2 cup orange juice
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
2 garlic cloves, minced
salt and pepper, as desired
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Arrange fish in a single layer in a greased glass baking dish. Combine all ingredients except paprika, and pour over fish fillets. Let stand 15 minutes. Sprinkle paprika over fish fillets.

Bake for 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Drizzle sauce over fish when serving.

Recipe source: My Recipes (slightly adapted)

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This recipe was shared at: 
Foodie Friends Friday at A Lil Country Sugar
Weekend Potluck at 4 Little Fergusons
Tasty Thursday at Mandatory Mooch
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Full Plate Thursday at Miz Helen's Country Cottage
Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for My Boys
Recipe Round Up at Gooseberry Patch
Cast Party Wednesday at Lady Behind the Curtain
Work it Wednesday at High Heels and Grills
Wonderful Food Wednesday at At Home Take 2
Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes
Totally Tasty Tuesdays at mandy's recipe Box
Tuesday Talent Show at Chef in Training


  1. Oh my gosh Im sitting at my desk starving, now I read this Im drooling! I totally just pinned this, have to make soon!

    1. Thanks so much for pinning Angie!! This recipe is so delicious!!

  2. Tilapia is probably one of my favorite fish. My husband fishes for them here in Honduras at a missionary's place. Thank you for another good recipe.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

    1. Your welcome Sue! It's definitely one of my favorites too!

  3. That looks incredible, thanks for the recipe!!!

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  5. Stopping by from Miz Helen's Full Plate Thursday. My family loves tilapia, so I can't wait to try this! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I just love the combination of the Citrus and brown sugar, this looks like a great recipe. Hope you have a fantastic weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  7. YUM! I can just about taste this combination and will be trying it the next time we have fish.. I do use tilapia every once in awhile but as we have a fish market close, I usually buy fresh Lake Superior fish. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

  8. Hi Sheena,
    I wonder why I could never succeed making this sweet citrus tilapia
    How did you do it? I'll try again for sure and this time I'll refer to your recipe as my guide :)
    Thanks also for the tempting food photos. It looks like they were made by professional. Have you ever heard about food photography site called ?
    Your pics should be on the Food Porn home page, that's for sure!

  9. Although I eat fish, I wish my family was more open to the idea. I usually have to make 2 different meals when I want fish! I think this sounds wonderful and light! Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week, Sheena! :)

  10. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. What a great quick and healthy weeknight meal

  11. Sheena,
    This looks amazing! I love citrus (especially lime) and your sauce sounds super good. Thanks so much for sharing :)

  12. Thanks a bunch! I saw this recipe on MyRecipes, but I was hoping to find it baked. The best of both worlds!!!


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