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Horizontal image of baked fish fillets and white vegetables in a cast iron skillet.

Baked Tilapia and White Asparagus

  • Author: Fanny Slater
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Dinner is on the table in half an hour with this quick dish where flaky tilapia and sweet white asparagus bake in zesty lemon butter.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 
  • 1 pound white asparagus, tough ends trimmed (or a mix of white and purple)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt, divided
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • Zest of 1 large lemon (about 1 tablespoon), divided
  • 4 6- to 8-ounce tilapia fillets
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (about 3 tablespoons)
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place a large oven-safe pan over medium-high heat and give it time to fully heat up. When it comes to temperature, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter. Allow the butter to melt.
  3. Add the asparagus and season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Saute, tossing occasionally, until the asparagus are lightly charred, about 3-5 minutes. 
  4. Remove the pan from heat, sprinkle the asparagus with half of the lemon zest, and toss to coat. Move the asparagus aside, or around the edges of the pan.
  5. Coat the center of the pan with the remaining oil, and season each side of the tilapia with the remaining salt, pepper, and lemon zest. Arrange the fish in a single layer in the pan and top each piece with 1 tablespoon butter.
  6. Place the pan in the oven and bake until the fish is opaque and you’re able to easily flake the thickest part of the meat with a fork, about 8-12 minutes. Spoon the butter in the pan over the top of each fish fillet to baste it, and then drizzle the lemon juice on top.
  7. Arrange the fish and asparagus on a platter and drizzle the lemon butter over the top. Garnish with the lemon wedges and parsley and serve with roasted potatoes.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Keywords: tilapia, asparagus