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Baked Tilapia in Foil Recipes (four ways)!

Four simple ways to make Baked Tilapia in Foil. Toss ’em on the grill or in the oven – and no dishes to clean!

Foil Baked Tilapia Recipes

I have always loved making Baked Tilapia in Foil – heck, anything baked in foil! – for its simplicity, quick cooking time, and minimal ingredients that turn into a healthy, delicious meal.

My favorite way to prepare it is to rub on some freshly minced garlic, top with pats of butter and lemon slices then add some asparagus and cherry tomatoes. So much flavor, plenty of healthy fish and vegetables, no cleanup and takes just ten minutes to cook!

Foil Baked Tilapia Recipes

Favorite flavors differ for the other members of my family, however, so I’ve included those for you, too. They include a simple topping of basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto or a butter and lemon-pepper combination. All are delicious and such a simple way to make a different Baked Tilapia in Foil flavor for every member of your family!

The recipe for Garlic Baked Tilapia in Foil with Asparagus and Tomatoes can be found at the bottom of this post. The others are even simpler so you really don’t need a recipe.


Just top with either basil pesto, sun-dried tomato pesto or a mixture of melted butter and lemon-pepper seasoning. The amounts are up to you – use as little or as much as you like.

You can even top it with fresh lemon slices for an extra oomph of flavor. They all bake at 400F for about 10 minutes. So simple!

Baking Tilapia at 400F Recipes

{ TIP: Use your favorite seasoning mix in place of the lemon-pepper. It’s the same suggestion I give for how to bake chicken wings so they’re crispy & amazing – you can have a different flavor for every member of your family with minimal effort! }

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe for Baked Tilapia in Foil!

Try these seafood recipes next!

Foil Baked Tilapia Recipes

Garlic Baked Tilapia in Foil with Asparagus and Tomatoes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

You can also top your tilapia filets with any type of pesto or a tablespoon of your favorite seasoning mixed with two tablespoons melted butter. Make a different flavor for everyone at once!


  • 4 tilapia filets
  • kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 pats of butter, about 1/2 cup
  • 8 lemon slices
  • 1 pound thin asparagus stalks, cut into thirds
  • 12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 400F (or preheat grill to medium).
  2. Place each tilapia filet on a piece of tinfoil large enough to fold and enclose tightly.
  3. Season each filet with salt and pepper.
  4. Divide remaining ingredients by four. Top tilapia filets with garlic, then butter and lemon slices. Add asparagus and tomatoes to packets, then seal packets tightly (see video for demonstration).
  5. Place packets on grill or on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake 10 minutes or until tilapia is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve in foil packets or remove and place on serving plates. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 474Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 158mgSodium: 373mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 4gProtein: 49g

This data was provided and calculated by Nutritionix.

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Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Making this tonight. I am saddened by some of these comments. Some ppl need to stick to ham and mustard sandwiches or pb&J

Jennifer Michot

Monday 12th of July 2021

Great recipe I need to cook without making a mess so it's perfect!


Wednesday 24th of May 2017

This looks great, but I'm concerned that asparagus won't get cooked through in 10 minutes. Does it come out really crunchy?

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 12th of June 2017

Nope! When I roast asparagus by itself, I actually only cook it for 5-6 minutes at 425F. It'll be crisp-tender, which is what you want. A very slight crunch while being tender. Hope that helps!


Wednesday 22nd of March 2017

Same issue about time. Nowhere near done after 10 minutes - the vegetables, not the fish. Nice concept but won't make it again.

Kristy Bernardo

Tuesday 28th of March 2017

Hi Fay, as I told the previous commenter, I've made this many times and have always had fish that's completely cooked through. If your filets are thicker, they won't be done as quickly (I purchase my filets at Costco if that helps).


Tuesday 14th of March 2017

I put mine in for 10 min at 400 degrees. It was no where near done not even close.

Kristy Bernardo

Monday 20th of March 2017

The timing will depend on the thickness of your tilapia but even a thicker filet will not take much longer or it will be overcooked.

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