15 Minute Dinner: Tilapia with Spinach Salad


One of my favorite dinners takes only 15 minutes to prepare! This recipe for tilapia with a spinach salad makes two adult servings.

Let’s get started.

6:00 p.m. — Get out your non-stick skillet. The fish is going to come out with a tasty caramelized top, and you want all that goodness to stick to the fish, not the pan.

6:01 p.m. — Drizzle 2 Tablespoons of olive oil in your pan. Add the following ingredients to the oil:

  • 1 Tablespoon balsalmic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

6:03 p.m. –Get out two fillets of fresh tilapia. I enjoy cooking this kind of fish because it’s mild, it’s thin so it cooks quickly, and the fillets are usually free of tiny bones. Each fillet is about 1/4 pound.

tilapia-in-skillet6:04 p.m. — Drag each fillet of fish in the oil on both sides, and then set them side by side in the pan on the stove. Turn the stove on medium-high heat.

6:05 p.m. — Sprinkle a little oregano and 1/4 teaspoon sugar on top of each fillet of fish in the pan. Every sweet dish needs a little salt, and every savory dish needs a little sugar. It gives the flavor a richness, so don’t skip the sugar.

6:06 p.m. — Loosely cover the pan with a lid to retain heat and help prevent splatters.

bowl-of-purple-grapes6:07 p.m. — While the fish is cooking, start the salad. Get out your dinner plates.

6:08 p.m. — Put some baby spinach on your plate. Add grapes and nuts. (It’s so quick since no chopping is needed for this easy salad.)

6:10 p.m. — About six minutes after you turned on the heat, flip the fish over. Let it cook for about 3 more minutes until it has a brown crust on both sides.

6:11 p.m. — Top your salad with your favorite dressing, and sprinkle a lit bit of salt and pepper on top.

6:13 p.m. — The fish is done! Place a fillet on your plate next to the salad.

6:14 p.m. — Fill up the water glasses.

6:15 p.m. — Bon appétit!

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  1. Colorful and healthy. Yum!

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  2. Thank you so much for that recipe! I never quite know what to do with fish, but I love Tilapia! Can’t wait to try it!

  3. What kind of dressing did you use? It looks yummy!

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  4. I like the salad recipe, I have tried it with pear and apples before but never with grapes so far. As a vegetarian, I never get tired of making, colorful cold and hot salads.

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  5. That looks so yummy, Rachel! I will have to add that to the menu planner!

  6. That looks wonderful, quick, and healthy! What more could you ask for? =] Thanks!

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  7. I don’t usually cook fish because I don’t know what to do with it, but this sounds delicious and easy! Thanks for the great recipe, I’m excited to try it.

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  8. Thanks for sharing! I have Tilapia at home so I know what I’m making for dinner. :)

  9. yum, yum. i love tilapia. it’s such an easy fish to prepare and can take a lot of flavor.

  10. Adam Scheuermann says:

    Ahh, so that’s what we’re eating tonight…

  11. Yum!
    Do you use fresh or frozen fish filets? This is definitely something I want to make soon!

  12. Oh wow, this looks delicious and super simple! Can’t wait to try it.

  13. Perfect! I just bought a BIG bunch of tilapia fillets on sale, now I know what to do with them!

  14. yum! and healthy.

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  15. This actually makes me want to cook tilapia (usually not my favorite fish…)!

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  16. I am not one to cook fish as I think it to be too complicated for me! But I love it! and this I can do!

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  17. Sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing, Rachel.

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  18. Vermontmommy says:

    Can I just say, “YUM?”Will be making that this week. :)

  19. This is on the menu for tonight’s date night – can’t wait!

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  20. I tried it the fish recipe, it was very good and quick and easy. Thank you for sharing this. :)

  21. Sounds tasty. Interesting how you put oil, vinegar, and herbs in the pan and then drag the fish through them before you turn on the stove. I’ll have to try it.

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  22. I’ve been meaning to comment on this since it was first posted. In the approx. 2 months since then, I’ve made this dish no less than 5 times. It is our go-to tilapia recipe. So easy, quick, and SO GOOD! Thank you!

  23. My boyfriend even said “oooo” when I showed him this.. fixing it with a naughty bacon honey dressing I altered from –> http://www.grouprecipes.com/60433/spinach-salad-with-honey-bacon-dressing.html minus the egg and I’m using whatever veg is in the ‘fridge.