Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce

Serves: 4 people
Cooking Time: 25 minutes
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce


  • 4 fresh tilapia fillets
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons plus two teaspoons STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, squeezed through a garlic press
  • 3/4 cup white wine, like Pinot Grigio
  • 1 whole lemon, zested
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon STAR Capers, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • Sliced lemon, for garnish


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  1. Season both sides of the fish with kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Melt two tablespoons of butter and two tablespoons of STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
  3. Work in batches of two and carefully place the tilapia into the hot pan. Cook the tilapia for 4 minutes before flipping and cooking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and repeat with the second batch. Keep the tilapia warm by covering loosely with foil.
  4. Add the minced shallots and garlic to the same pan and cook for two to three minutes or until fragrant and soft. Add in the wine and lemon juice, bring to a boil over medium-high heat until it thickens, about 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the capers, parsley, and lemon zest, then taste and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Place the fish back into the skillet and spoon sauce over top before serving with a few slices of fresh lemon and a drizzle of STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
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