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recipe | Grilled Tilapia w/ lemon basil vinaigrette & capers

Trying new things is important, especially when starting to eat healthy and exploring new, healthy foods.


  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp minced fresh basil, divided (2 & 1)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp capers, drained (I used more)
  • 1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 oz each)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • For vinaigrette, in a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, 2 T basil, olive oil, garlic, capers and lemon peel; set aside 2 T for sauce.
  • Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper.  Brush both sides of fillets with remaining vinaigrette.
  • If grilling the fish, coat grill rack with cooking spray [or olive oil] before starting the grill.  [Read my article on cooking spray here.]
  • Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • Brush with reserved vinaigrette and sprinkle with remaining basil.
  • ADD:  Green salad or green veggie (such as spinach) for a side.  You can add a carb as well such as quinoa or brown rice and add similar seasonings or make extra vinaigrette.
  • PREP/TOTAL TIME:  25 minutes  |  YIELD:  4 servings

Nutrition Facts (1 – 6 oz filet)

  • 200 calories  |  8 g fat  (2 g sat fat)  |  83 mg cholesterol  |  398 mg sodium  |  2 g carb  |  trace fiber  |  32 g protein

source:  Taste of Home/ Healthy Cooking Magazine |  April/May 2010  |  submitted by Beth Cooper of Columbus, OH

Layla - YUM! I am adding this to my recipes! I loooove Tilapia and capers.

Cynthia Herndon - That fish looks yummy! My tummy growled when I saw it.. this is good. My tastes are finally changing after 5 years. 🙂

tori - @ Cynthia – how are they changing?
@ Layla – Let me know if you try this and what you think or if you have any fun tweeks!

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