Baked Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

I have to admit I've been falling behind on my commitment to eat fish at least once a week.  I don't love fish, but I know it's good for me so I try to eat it regularly.  But because I don't love it (and there are so many other foods I do love) I don't always eat it as much as I should.  Ah, the catch-22.  Renewing my commitment to eat it regularly, however, I've been (reluctantly) looking for a good fish recipe. 

Then a few weeks ago my sister and her family were in town.  One night my brother-in-law treated us all and cooked dinner for us.  I was less than excited, in spite of the fact that I was having dinner prepared for me, because he said he was cooking fish.  Little did I know his fish would change my life.  Why?  Because the sauce he put on it was so good I would eat it every night if I could.  At long last, a fish recipe I can eat not because it's good for me but because I genuinely love the taste.  I can't eat it every night, unfortunately, because it has plenty of butter in it.  Not enough butter that it would be bad to eat once week  But enough that I shouldn't eat it every night.  Once a week is good, though.  Keeps things interesting.  And keeps me looking forward to fish night in our house.


3 tablespoons butter, softenend
1/8 teaspoon paprika
dash of nutmeg
1 pound fresh caught tilapia (or other white-fleshed fish)
2 tablespoons dry white wine (I used cooking wine)
2 tablespoons capers
1 teaspoon chopped parsley
1 teaspoon chopped chives
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine 1 tablespoon butter, paprika, and nutmeg.  Rub the mixture over fish.  Place the fish in a baking dish. Pour wine into baking dish. 

Cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil and bake until firm and opaque throughout, 20 to 25 minutes.

While fish is cooking saut√© remaining butter in a small saucepan.  Add capers, parsley, chives, lemon juice, salt and pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cook 5 minutes more. 

Pour the sauce over the fish.  And get ready for the deliciousness.

(Recipe from The Joy of Cooking)


  1. I absolutely HATE fish but know I NEED to eat it. Soooo, I might try this recipe! Thanks! And, as much as I don't like fish, it does look delicious in your pictures!

  2. I do, too! Well, I used to hate it. Now I just don't proactively choose it but I can make myself eat it. Let me know if you like this recipe, though, because I really liked it (a nice change from hating fish but eating it because I need to).