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Tamra's Microwave Tilapia Recipe
  • READY IN 14 mins

Tamra's Microwave Tilapia

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"Tarragon infused tilapia, cooked with butter, garlic and apple cider vinegar. Surprisingly fast and easy."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    4 mins

    14 mins


  1. In a microwavable baking dish, arrange tilapia fillets in a single layer. Dot with pieces of butter, and minced garlic. Sprinkle over fresh tarragon. Cover with waxed paper and microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  2. Turn fillets over, recover, and continue to microwave on high for a further 2 minutes. Remove immediately, sprinkle with apple cider vinegar, and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 02, 2007

This is delicious - we didn't add the vinegar (which is what, I suspect, the people who reviewed this poorly, didn't like). This is an easy way to prepare fish - we will make often!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 29, 2005

Was looking for something fast & easy to do with tilapia and this fit the bill. Substituted 1/2 t dried tarragon for the fresh. Fish was a tad overcooked, maybe 3 minutes would have done it? Overall, the recipe worked but we just didn't care for the taste. The cider vinegar seemed to overpower the dish. Maybe this should be left off entirely? It's easy, but this one won't be a do-over at our house.


32 Ratings

Jan 13, 2006


Jul 16, 2007

I liked the way the tilapia didn't have that fishy taste it usually has. I subtracted one minute from the cooking time because you definitely don't want to overcook fish. My daughter didn't like the tilapia but I thought it was delicious (kids can be reluctant to try new dishes, especially ones with 'green stuff' so use this recipe for adults unless you have an adventurous kid). I used the version of the recipe for two people and thought that two tablespoons of cider vinegar was just right, one for each fish. If you're making more than two servings, just pour a tablespoon of vinegar on each fish rather than measuring the total amount. Finally, cook it just before serving; don't let it get cold.

Feb 08, 2010

We loved this! I used 2 thin filets & they were done with just the 2 minutes. I used dried Tarragon (didn't have fresh) and just a few drops of the vinegar. My husband said "this is good, we should make fish tacos with it". I'm going to do that for my lunch today!

Oct 15, 2007

Aurrgh! I meant to take a photo, but we ate it too quickly! I am always shy about microwave recipes (especially fish), but was really late making dinner and had exactly a pound of tilapia to cook, so I was so happy to find this easy recipe. My 4 year old son said no thank you, but my 2 year old ate it up & his portion, too. The flavor was perfect. When I flipped the fish, though, there wasn't any liquid to spread over the 2nd side, so I basically repeated the recipe, with a little less of everything--it was perfect. We did 2 min on one side & 1 1/2 minutes on the other side--perfect. Thanks!

Aug 04, 2010

This is surprisingly good! Like other skeptics, I wasn't sure about microwaving fish, but I only had a few minutes to come up with something for lunch and I had some tilapia fillets in the fridge. I didn't have any apple cider so I put a splash of lemon juice on each fillet before cooking, and fillets were gobbled down by myself and the kids in about the same time it took to cook them! They were especially tasty with fresh tarragon from my garden. My fillets took the full 4 minutes of cooking time, but I did check them after flipping them as it seems that other reviewers took only 3 total minutes. Must depend on the thickness of the fillets. I also put a pinch of kosher salt on each fillet after cooking and that made them just perfect.

Sep 03, 2009

I had no idea you could microwave fish. This is a 5-star recipe for what it is--quick microwave cooking. It came out perfectly. I went light on the apple cider vinegar because of some negative comments in the reviews, and I ended up adding more after I started eating it. The flavor blended very well with the other flavors, and next time I'll put the whole amount on right away. I used dried tarragon, but would love to try it with fresh. I'll make this again and again.


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  • Calories
  • 144 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 50 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 4.4 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 0 g
  • < 1%
  • Protein
  • 23.4 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 94 mg
  • 4%

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

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