Tilapia with White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce

Tilapia with White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce

Ready in 30 minutes

Tilapia is such a bland fish, it really needs to go with a sauce. This one plays nice with all the flavors.

"This was delicious. I don't think you really need that much flour though, wasted too much. I didn't have any brandy, so I put about a large pinch of brown sugar. I also used shallots instead, which was delicious because the shallots absorbed the lemon juice. I didn't go by measurement for lemon juice, I just added as needed while cooking. Don't be afraid to taste everything as you make it. :)"

- shortcakehugs

Top-ranked recipe named "Tilapia with White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce"

4.4 avg, 56 review(s) 88% would make again


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1/2 cup Flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 tbl lemon juice
2 tbl Butter
4 fillets Tilapia; fresh
Kosher salt and pepper; to taste
White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce; (recipe follows)
1 tablespoon Olive oil
5 drops lemon juice; added to olive oil
1 small yellow onion; cut diagonally to form rings
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons brandy
2 tablespoons butter
5 leaves fresh basil; cut crosswise with scissors to make thin strips
4 tablespoons lemon juice

Original recipe makes 4 Servings



Prep Work:

Place flour in a plate and set aside.

Rince and pat fish fillets with a paper towel, season both sides of fillet with salt and pepper and let stand until fillets are glistening with moisture, about 5 minutes.

Make the White Wine Sauce -- do it now while the fish is resting. (Following are the directions for the sauce)

Coat the Fish: Coat both sides of fillet with flour and shake off excess and place them on a separate plate or paper towel, preferably in one single layer.

Sauté the Fish: Heat 2 Tablespoons of the Olive Oil, 2 Tbl lemon juice, and 2 Tbl Butter over high heat in a large non-stick skillet until oil is shimmering, but not smoking. Place the fillets in a single layer and immediately reduce heat to medium-high.

** Depending on the size of your skillet and the amount of fish your making, you'll have to add more butter and lemon juice and saute the fillets in batches.

Without moving the fish, sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on each side and until the edges of fillet are opaque and bottoms are lightly browned. Use the "fish spatula" to gently flip fillets.

At the last minute of cooking, pour the sauce over the fish to warm it up. Serve immediately.

White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce

1 tablespoon Olive Oil with some lemon juice (5 drops) added.

1 Small Yellow Onion, cut diagonally, to form rings.

1/2 cup white wine

2 Tbl brandy (plain)

2 tablespoons butter

5 or 6 leaves fresh Basil, cut crosswise with scissors to make thin strips.

4 Tbl lemon juice

In a sauce pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the Olive Oil over medium heat.

Sauté onions until softened and beginning to color, about 1 1/2 minutes

Add wine and brandy, increase heat to high and bring to boil, boil until reduced to 1/4 cup -- about 3-5 minutes. Remove sauce pan from burner and pour into another container, such as a bowl or a 4 cup measuring cup.

Whisk in butter and Basil – and the lemon juice.

Set aside and keep warm until the fish is done.


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My wife doesn't really like fish. She never has. But this is one of her favorite dishes now. She just said she would give it 6 stars.
caseybehrendt 4 days 4 hours ago
The sauce was great, but my fish came out a little mushy. Probably more to do with the quality of the filets and little to do with recipe, though.
dakotarussell 2 weeks ago
The fish is great. Sauce a bit too much.
FarNorthBlondi 3 weeks ago
This recipe turned out great! After reading the comments I made some adjustments as well. I added Old Bay when seasoning the tilapia, used a little less lemon overall, added half & half to the sauce, sauteed mushrooms on the side and mixed them in with everything. Then I served it all over a bed of fettucine. This recipe had a lot more flavor than I expected which was great!
natster228 1 month ago
Great recipe and my family loved it. I added green peppers and heavy whipping cream to the sauce.
wes874 2 months ago
This was excellente!! I originally made it for my husband and I but my children (2, 6, & 7) LOVED it as well! I liked the lemony flavor and didn't have brandy, it still turned out great
jacquelinecook1884 3 months ago
Substituted shrimp and added mushrooms. It was great! Will make again. Thanks!
Blairea 5 months ago
Delicious! I'm not a fan of fish but this one is wonderful!
kathyegignac 6 months ago
srivera09 7 months ago
Looks and smells good! Can't wait to try it!
andreskris 10 months ago
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