Brown Butter Seared Tilapia

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Brown Butter Seared Tilapia |

This is the first recipe I actually made from my ‘Recipes to Try’ pin board! In the past I’ve pinned recipes because they look or sound good, but then time goes by and I forget to review the pins, and then I end up never trying my hand at them. But, I’m making a conscious effort with things I pin on the FTF pin board: If I wouldn’t make it, I won’t pin it.

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That brings me to this recipe: I’ve been wanting to try to incorporate more fish into my diet, and while my usual go-to is salmon, I’m also trying to branch out to other kinds. When I saw this Brown Butter Seared Halibut with Orzo and Mushroom Broth, I knew I wanted to try it. I made many modifications, so the halibut recipe became more of an inspiration.

To make this an easy weeknight recipe, I bought ready-made mushroom broth, which I simmered with fresh shiitake and button mushrooms, to intensify the flavor. Because I couldn’t find halibut (I went to 3 stores, too!), I used frozen tilapia instead. And finally, because I couldn’t find fresh crimini mushrooms, I used shiitake in their place. Despite (in spite?) all the modifications, this was a delicious weeknight meal. The brown butter searing gave the fish a nice, rich flavor, which was complimented by the rich mushroom flavor. As a side, I made a carrot and lentil salad, which featured dried apricots.

Brown Butter Seared Tilapia |

Brown Butter Seared Tilapia |

Brown Butter Seared Tilapia |

Brown Butter Seared Tilapia |

Brown Butter Seared Tilapia


Brown butter seared tilapia is a quick and savory weeknight recipe that pairs well with fresh mushrooms and your favorite vegetables.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: Serves 4


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 16 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Place butter in the pan and let it melt and brown for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Salt and pepper the tilapia and sear 2 fillets for 3-4 minutes per side, depending on thickness.
  4. Remove the fillets from the pan and cover to keep warm.
  5. Repeat with the remaining 2 fillets.
  6. Add the sliced mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Sauté for 5-10 minutes to soften and brown.
  7. Salt and Pepper to taste, then add the sherry. Continue to cook the mushrooms for another minute or 2 until the sherry has been absorbed.
  8. Top the fish with mushrooms and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

  1. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl
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    Thanks for posting this on Saturday Night Fever Link Party! I have got to try this recipe, looks mouth watering!

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