15+ Sauces for Tilapia (Easy + Delicious Recipes)

Wondering what the best sauces to serve with tilapia are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide of 15+ tasty and easy recipes to make at home!

Keep reading to discover a tilapia sauce that you love. Then pair it with a couple fish side dishes, a perfect fish wine pairing, and you’re guaranteed an amazing dinner!

The BEST Sauces for Tilapia

Spoon stirring yellow herb sauce in small white bowl
This lemon butter sauce, made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your next fish dinner craves! Switch up your go-to weeknight dinner recipes with this 10-minute creamy sauce for fish.
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An elegant, white wine sauce for fish that looks and tastes luxurious but is incredibly easy to make using a simple restaurant trick!
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Small jar of green goddess dressing with spoon
This healthy Green Goddess Dressing takes less than five minutes to make and is loaded with fresh herbs, garlic and tangy lime juice. Use it as a dip or as a zesty topping for seafood.
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Jar of chipotle crema with spoon on small plate next to lime wedges and small bowl of chipotles.
Add some smoke and spice to your favorite recipes with this Chipotle Crema. A Mexican-inspired sauce, this creamy mix is made with chipotles in adobo to give a boost to fish tacos.
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Lemon caper sauce on spoon over small bowl.
This easy 6-ingredient lemon caper sauce has a delicious dimension of flavors and a velvety richness, making it the perfect match for fish, shrimp, chicken, and more! Ready in just 5 minutes, it’s a simple go-to sauce that always upgrades your weeknight dinner.
Lemon Caper Sauce
Learn How to Make Brown Butter with my info packed guide. With intense, nutty caramel flavour, browned butter will elevate all your dishes.
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Bowl of yogurt dill sauce with spoon and slices of lemon, drizzled with olive oil.
This delicious Yogurt Dill Sauce is a creamy yet light all-purpose sauce you’ll want to use on everything. Easy to make with Greek yogurt, lemon, garlic, and dill, just a scoop adds bright and vibrant flavors to salad bowls, veggies, grilled meats, and more!
Yogurt Dill Sauce
Piccata sauce is a zesty, lemony butter sauce that complements the fish perfectly. This light, healthy recipe is a very easy to make, family friendly dinner that is great for busy wee…
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Bearnaise sauce in small black bowl.
Bearnaise Sauce is great with steak, but also one of the classic sauces for fish. Flavored with fresh cracked blacked pepper and tarragon leaves.
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This delicious recipe for garlic butter sauce is simple and extremely satisfying. Cooked in one pan, no fuss, amazing results.
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Crema arranged on plate with limes and cilantro.
This quick and tangy Cilantro Lime Crema is ready in just 5 minutes. Better than sour cream, this Mexican condiment is flavored with fresh cilantro and lime juice to create a creamy and vibrant dressing, taco topping, or dipping sauce for fish sticks.
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Ditch the store bought stuff and learn how to make the BEST TARTAR SAUCE! Made with mayo, relish, herbs, and lots of citrus, this is fantastic as the perfect seafood dip!
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Learn to make Gremolata, a zesty Italian condiment that always adds fresh, vibrant flavor to seafood. All you need is fresh parsley, lemon zest, and garlic. Bonus: customize it with more add-ins or use olive oil to transform it into a marinade!
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Italian dressing in small jar with spoon.
This easy homemade Italian Dressing recipe is made with a tangy and zesty mix of pantry staple ingredients and dried herbs. Use it as a zesty marinade for fish or drizzle it on your cooked dish.
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Bowl of mango salsa in serving bowl next to tortilla chips.
This sweet Mango Salsa has tons of flavor and flair! The bursts of acidity and brightness from the juicy fresh mangos, jalapeno, lime juice, and red onion are delicious with tortilla chips or on fish tacos.
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Basil Arugula pesto in small white bowl with spoon.
Arugula Pesto has peppery kick from the arugula and is flavored with parmesan, garlic, lemon zest and pine nuts.
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Pineapple salsa served in fresh pineapple bowl.
This Easy Pineapple Salsa is light and fresh with just a hint of heat. It makes an amazing dip for chips but is also amazing as a topping for grilled fish or pork tacos! 
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Tilapia FAQs

What does tilapia taste like?

Tilapia has a mild, white flesh with a slightly sweet and delicate flavor. It is often described as having a taste similar to other white fish like cod or sole.

Is tilapia healthy?

Tilapia is a good source of protein and contains essential nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. However, its nutritional value can vary depending on how it is raised and prepared.

What’s the best way to prepare tilapia?

Tilapia can be cooked using various methods such as grilling, baking, broiling, frying, and steaming. It can be seasoned with different herbs, spices, or sauces to enhance its flavor.

How long does it take to cook tilapia?

The cooking time for tilapia can vary depending on the thickness of the fillets or the cooking method used. As a general guideline, tilapia fillets are usually cooked for about 10-12 minutes in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) or until the flesh is opaque and easily flakes with a fork.

Can tilapia be frozen?

Yes, tilapia can be frozen for later use. It is recommended to wrap the fish tightly in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container before freezing to prevent freezer burn. When thawing, it is best to do so in the refrigerator overnight.

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15+ Sauces for Tilapia

Wondering what the best sauces to serve with tilapia are? I’ve got you covered with this handy guide of 15+ tasty & easy recipes! Try this lemon butter sauce. Made with dry white wine and fresh dill, is the upgrade your tilapia dish craves!
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8


  • ¾ cup dry white wine (or dry vermouth)
  • 3 Tablespoons shallot (minced)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh squeezed)
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (cut into 6 pieces)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh dill (chopped)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)


  • Boil wine, shallot and lemon juice in a small saucepan over high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 6 minutes.
  • Reduce heat to low and add butter, one piece at a time, whisking until melted before adding more.
  • Remove pan from heat. Stir in dill.
  • Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • If you don’t have dill, you can still use this delicious recipe, just swap the dill ingredient out for parsley, basil or tarragon.
  • If your sauce is too thin, you can continue cooking it over low-medium heat and whisk in a few tablespoons of cornstarch and cold water to thicken it up a bit. Always start with a little and add as needed.
  • If you over season the sauce, Like I said before, less is more! When making sauces especially, it’s super easy to season, taste, and season some more. To take down too much seasoning, you’ll have to add in more bone broth and water to balance the flavors — then likely more cornstarch to thinking the mixture again. You’ll then end up with LOTS of sauce.
  • If your sauce is too sour, then you probably just have a bit too much lemon juice in comparison to your other ingredients. Even that out by adding in a little more garlic, shallots, and white wine, then whisk together. Don’t be afraid to taste your sauce while you cook to ensure you’re getting the perfect flavors.
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Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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