While it can be challenging to eat healthy on busy weeknights, it’s not impossible. When you sauté some healthy fish with a few vegetables, you can enjoy this Easy Tilapia with Olives and Peppers in about 15 minutes. The combination of fresh veggies with salty olives and tart lime juice is so flavorful! I like to keep frozen tilapia fillets on hand because they’re so quick to defrost and cook. This recipe takes just 10 minutes of cooking time on the stove, but tilapia also bakes up very quickly in the oven. I like to serve it with a side salad or over brown rice.
Tilapia with Olives and Peppers: Ready in about 15 minutes!
If you haven’t cooked fish before, tilapia is a great way to start. It only takes 4-5 minutes per side when you’re cooking on the stovetop, and you want to look for the fish to turn opaque all the way through. I also use a digital thermometer to check that the inside reaches 140 degrees. There is no skin or scales to deal with like other fish, and the flavor is so mild that it pairs well with so many toppings, like these olives and peppers.
One of my favorite things about a simple recipe like this is that it’s easy to scale–only cooking for two? Just make half. Have a big family? It’s easy to double and it doesn’t take any longer.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil (divided)
- 4 tilapia fillets, thawed
- salt and pepper
- 2 red bell peppers, sliced
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- ½ cup olives, pitted
- ½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
- Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Season each fish fillet with salt and pepper, then cook until opaque, approximately 4-5 minutes per side.
- In a separate skillet, heat the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil.
- Saute the peppers and onions, stirring often, until tender, approximately 8-10 minutes.
- Add the olives, ¼ tsp each salt and pepper, parsley, and lime juice to the vegetables, and stir to combine.
- Serve the vegetables over the tilapia.
This Easy Tilapia with Olives and Peppers recipe is pretty enough to serve to company, but easy enough to make on a busy weeknight. And, if you’re feeding a family, tilapia is one of the best types of fish to start your kids on because it doesn’t taste “fishy.” Try serving it a few different ways by varying the herbs and toppings to find your family’s preferences. I’ve shared my kids’ favorites at 7 Easy Tilapia Recipes (that the kids will like), so be sure to check those out too!
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