Orange Tilapia Recipe -
Orange Tilapia Recipe
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Orange Tilapia

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"Tilapia baked in orange juice with a garlic basil topping."

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Original recipe makes 4 fillets Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    3 hrs 30 mins


  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups orange juice into a resealable plastic bag. Add tilapia fillets, coat with the juice, squeeze bag to remove excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator 3 hours to overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  3. Whisk butter, panko bread crumbs, 3 tablespoons orange juice, garlic, and basil together in a bowl.
  4. Remove tilapia from the orange juice and shake to remove excess liquid; arrange fillets in a 13x9-inch baking dish. Discard marinade.
  5. Pour 1/2 cup orange juice over the tilapia fillets. Spread butter mixture over the top of the filets to cover each completely.
  6. Bake in preheated oven until the liquid is bubbling and the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 15 minutes.
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Aug 25, 2014

Tilapia is such a mild fish that unless you top it with something that’s a bit bold, it can end up bland, and unfortunately, I think that’s what happened here. I marinated the fish for 4 hours, poured additional OJ over the fish before the topping went on and it went into the oven, and I found there was no orange flavor at all...real disappointment. If I were to make this again, I wouldn’t mix the chopped basil into the topping, rather, sprinkle it on after the fish came out of the oven which I think will ramp up the flavor a bit. Also, I baked for 15 minutes, the topping hadn’t browned at all, so I put it under the broiler briefly to get some color and give it some eye appeal. Of course, I then ended up overcooking the fish. If I were to make this again, I’d probably cook the fish for about 12 minutes, allowing for some time under broiler to brown the topping, and then not overcooking the fish. It wasn’t bad, it simply didn’t have much flavor, and it wasn’t really good, either.. SuperN, sorry, wish I’d been able to give your recipe a better review.

Nov 23, 2014

Let the fish marinate in the orange juice about 4 hours, with a few sprinkles of pepper and other seasonings, then reduced the marinade in a pan on the stovetop and used that concentrated OJ for the topping and baking the fish. Used regular bread crumbs and a reduced amount of dried basil for the topping. 15 minutes in the oven was just about right. Delicious and great flavor!


4 Ratings

Nov 09, 2014

It was pretty good did what the recipe said except for dried basil instead but it did take me more than 15 minutes for baking and I think next time I will try broil first a little like the first guy said. Otherwise this was good and had sweet taste from orange juice.

Sep 04, 2014

I read the one existing review for this recipe and thought... Hmmmm maybe I shouldn't make it. But then I figured ah, what the heck!!! So I used the review to help me in my modifications... I basically followed the recipe exactly EXCEPT I replaced the fresh garlic with half a packet of onion soup mix since I noticed that there really wasn't any other seasoning included in the recipe. And I used dried basil instead of fresh. We actually really liked this recipe ... It is fresh tasting with a hint of sweetness from the juice. A definite do-over for us!!


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  • Calories
  • 379 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 28.7 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 87 mg
  • 29%
  • Fat
  • 19.7 g
  • 30%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 26.3 g
  • 53%
  • Sodium
  • 273 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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