Butter Garlic Tilapia Recipe

Butter + garlic makes this easy fish recipe super tasty!

Fried fish is probably the most common way of cooking fish. Frying is a simple, no-nonsense way to cook fish to make it super delicious and appetizing. The golden brown and crispy pieces are the best parts many may say! 

However, simple fried fish every day can get boring so there needs to be a way to keep the dish simple and easy to cook but still elevate its taste. Sauces are the easiest way to make any fried dish more delicious. The different ingredients that contribute to the flavors of the sauce can be all you need to do this to your fried fish dish! 

Why not try a buttery and garlicky sauce to make your fried tilapia recipe better? This recipe is loaded with garlic (You’ll use an entire head of garlic for this one recipe!) and butter. The two ingredients together might be enough to lure anyone in but why stop there? Umami in the form of oyster sauce is added to the buttery garlic mix so you and everyone else who gets a whiff of the aromas from this dish will start to get hungry. 

Are you getting hungry yet for this butter garlic recipe, too? Try the sauce with fried tilapia for a filling meal that is not only delicious but also easy on your budget

Butter Garlic Tilapia Recipe

Idge Mendiola
Butter + garlic makes this easy fish recipe super tasty!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Chinese, Filipino
Servings 4


Butter Garlic Tilapia Ingredients

  • 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 kilo tilapia cleaned
  • vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 head Garlic minced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper diced small
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoons chopped green onions


  • Combine flour and salt in a shallow bowl. Dredge tilapia in flour mixture. Set aside.
  • Heat oil in a deep-fryer over medium heat. Deep-fry tilapia until golden and crispy, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels. Set aside and keep warm.
  • Make the butter garlic sauce: Heat oil in a pot or wok over medium heat. Fry garlic until browned and crispy. Set some garlic aside for topping.
  • Add bell pepper and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add butter and oyster sauce. Mix until butter is completely melted and mixture starts to simmer.
  • Add sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Add tilapia and toss carefully. Transfer to a serving platter. Top with reserved crispy garlic and green onions.
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