Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tilapia Meuniere

I love Sole Meuniere. 
It was one of my first French dinners at a wonderful restaurant in Chicago.
It's such a simple recipe that I have adapted it to use with tilapia.
Meuniere basically means dredged in flour and sauteed in butter with lemon and parsley.
It's very basic, quick and easy.
It's my favorite way to cook fish.
Start with fresh tilapia filets. One per person.
Rinse and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper.
Flour, butter, fresh parsley are all you need.
No exact measuring.
 Dredge the filets in flour to coat;
shake off excess.
 Heat a large skillet over medium high and add
the butter, about 1 T per filet.
Let the butter melt and get bubbly hot.
Brown the fillets quickly, turning once
about 2 minutes per side.
 Carefully turn when golden brown.
 Remove the filets to plates and
keep warm in a 200 oven.
 Add the remaining butter to the skillet,
another 1 T per filet. Let it melt and turn golden
 while stirring and scraping up the browned bits.
Watch carefully, do not let the butter burn.
Remove the pan from the heat and add
 the lemon juice, about 1/2 large lemon squeezed
or 2-3 T juice. Add some of the chopped parsley.
Whisk the sauce to combine well,
 them pour this sauce over the fish and
sprinkle with more fresh parsley.
 I like to serve this with fresh steamed
green beans and gold potatoes.
The lemon butter sauce enhances the vegetables.

Tilapia Meuniere
4 tilapia filets (about 2 lbs)
salt & pepper
1/4-1/2 C flour
1/2 C butter (1 stick)
Juice of 1 lemon (3 T juice)
1/4 C chopped fresh parsley
Season the fish with salt and pepper. 
Dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
Saute in half the melted hot butter 
until golden on both sides-about 5 minutes.
Remove to plate and keep warm in a 200 oven.
Add the remaining butter to the skillet, 
whisking until melted and golden.
Remove the pan from the heat and
 whisk in the lemon juice.
Pour the butter sauce over the fish
 and sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Bon Appetit!

 Sole Meuniere is the first dish Julia Child had for lunch in France. That is when she fell in love with French cooking. I remember the scene in the movie. She wrote about that experience in her book My Life In France.

I'll have what she's having!
Click HERE to see another favorite tilapia recipe.


  1. Oh, my! This looks heavenly! What a great dish for the first day of summer!

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  2. This looks so good. I love Tilapia. Would you come over to my party @ Cast Party Wednesday and share some of your tasty recipes with us?
    I hope to see you there!

  3. yum!
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  4. Coming over from Yvonne's place. And, this is just so much fun, isn't it? It is so nice to meet you. xx's

  5. Oh yes, baby...I'll have what she had...:))
    xo bj

  6. oops forgot to say I am your brand new follower...:))

  7. Hi Rita,
    Your meal looks so pretty, and the Tilapia would be delicious. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful day!
    Miz Helen

  8. Hi Rita, What a perfect offering! I love this easy, delicious and delicate fish recipe. I read My Life In Paris and I remember this! Your plate looks so appetizing and colorful. Thank you for participating in ON THE MENU MONDAY!

  9. Very nice to met you Rita and sole is one af my favourites and yours looks amazing! Will give it a go in summer for sure! Thanks


  10. I'm so glad you mentioned Julia Child. As I was reading your post I seemed to remember that it was one of the French dishes she first fell in love with. Then voila, as if you were reading my mind, there is was from My Life in France.

    I'm visiting from Stone Gable. This is my first visit, but it certainly won't be my last.

  11. I love Talapia! This looks delicious! I love the idea of deglazing the pan with lemon juice. Yum!

  12. Looks fabulous! I love the sole version and love tilapia. Have just got to try this. Mona

  13. Thanks for sharing your yummy recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

  14. I love seafood and Tilapia is my favorite fish however, I'm not very good at cooking, except when I play cooking Papas Games by Flipline :DD but the real stuff... not so much hehe. I'll give it a try anyway, this recipe looks really delicious!