Dinner Last Night: Roasted Tilapia with Potatoes, Lemons and Olives

I've told you before how much I love tilapia--it's light, versatile, and most of all, affordable. This oven-roasted version makes an easy, delicious weeknight meal. I got the recipe from the October issue of Real Simple magazine. The magazine's title does not lie, indeed this was simple to make. The flavors are excellent, and the oven does most of the work. What could be better than that?

Roasted Tilapia with Potatoes, Lemons and Olives

1 pound baby potatoes, halved (I used yukon golds)
1 lemon, sliced
8 (or so) sprigs fresh thyme (you don't have to take the leaves off, they'll fall off as they roast)
olive oil
salt and pepper
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
4 skinless tilapia fillets
1/2 tsp. paprika

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss the potatoes, lemon and thyme in a couple tablespoons of olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast (giving them a shake once or twice) for 20 minutes. (If your potato pieces are on the larger size, I'd keep them in the oven an extra five minutes before adding the fish.) 

Add the olives to the potatoes, and give them another shake. Rest the fish on top of the potato mixture, and drizzle it with a little more olive oil. Season it with a little salt, pepper, and paprika as well. Return it to the oven, and let it roast for 12-15 minutes. The potatoes will be golden brown and the tilapia will be opaque. Enjoy!


  1. I commend you on making fish, let me elaborate, I loathe cooking meat in my kitchen: I'm scared to death of doing it wrong and killing off the apartment via salmonella. Secondly I don't eat things from the sea which is a 15 year habit I'm trying to break (last weekend I ate shrimp for the first time since I was six).

    That being said, this Tilapia looks delicious and if I wasn't a pansy I would totally give it a whirl! I might just need a glass of wine (or six) before to get through the anxiety of actually eating something from the sea.

  2. Yummy yummy yummy...this looks great! I also have a fear of cooking fish but I have been wanting to try and I love oven roasting in the fall so this might be the perfect intro to fish recipe.

  3. this looks so delicious. I love fish!!
    Do you have any good recipes for cupcakes?

  4. Oh Shea, I am sitting here with my daughter right now and our mouths are watering. This is a must. Yummers! Did you pair it with a particular drink?

  5. Good thing I already ate...really looks yummy!

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  6. Mmm tilapia is one of my favorites!


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