We’ve found something sweet to add to your fish list. Introducing the “bee-utiful” Honey Lime Tilapia. The buzz is all here when it comes to this combination of fresh lime and sweet honey that flies around these flaky, tender tilapia filets. It’s captivating to watch the unique spices work in unison to get the wow-factor that creates a pollination of flavors you would never expect! Once everyone tries Honey Lime Tilapia, they’ll be quick to deem you the queen (or king) of the hive! The yummy deliciousness of this golden flavor surprise on your table will definitely take the sting out of making dinner. It really is true; a little honey makes everything sweeter!

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  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, plus more, to taste, divided
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 tablespoons honey, plus more, to taste, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest, plus more, to taste, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour


Step 1 –In a 9×13-inch baking dish, season both sides of the tilapia filets with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and 1/2 teaspoon of the pepper.

Step 2 –In a medium bowl, whisk 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the honey, the lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the lime zest, and the garlic together.

Step 3 –Pour the honey mixture over the tilapia filets, cover the dish, and marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step 4 –In a shallow dish, add the flour and the extra salt, the extra black pepper, and the extra lime zest and mix to combine.

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Step 5 –In a cast-iron skillet or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, add the remaining olive oil.

Step 6 –Dredge both sides of the tilapia filets in the flour mixture until lightly coated.

Step 7 –Add the tilapia filets to the oil and cook until both sides are flaky and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.

Step 8 –Transfer the tilapia filets to a paper-towel-lined plate and let them drain.

Step 9 –Serve the filets topped with the extra honey and the extra lime zest.