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Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe (Paleo)

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Satisfy your taste buds and set your metabolism on fire with this delicious Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe! If you want a Paleo tilapia recipe that is loaded with flavor, this is the one! Perfect for a Paleo diet and a great way to have a mild flavor!

This is one of those delicious meals that is made with simple ingredients! I love easy fish recipes like this!

Cayenne, ginger and mustard are three ingredients that help you burn fat just by eating them!

Tilapia recipes are not only delicious, but pretty good for you as well.

Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe

Tilapia is highly valued as a seafood source due to its many beneficial qualities. Many are attributed to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.  This includes significant amounts of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, phosphorous, potassium, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. Get even more information on the health benefits of Tilapia.

I am not a big Paleo person, heck not even big into healthy recipes.  I like junk food, fried foods, greasy burgers, and sweets.  However, sometimes I need a good purge of my system and refuse to do any fad diet mess.  So, I break out some fish and create a super easy Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe that is perfect for jump-starting my system.

This Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe fits the bill!

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Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe Meal Plan:

This clean eating Tilapia is one of my favorite, quick and easy dinner recipes. It s a plus that is low in calories.  This allows you to either increase the calories in your side dishes or have a low calorie meal. I have included some of my favorite, low calorie, paleo tilapia pairings below.

Don’t forget dessert!

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Did you know that you don’t have to just use Tilapia for this recipe?

If you have a favorite fish that you prefer, it will work well for it, too! Salmon, tuna, even ground mullet, or fresh water catfish would taste just as good as the tilapia in this Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe.

The only thing that might not work well is a soft fish like white trout.  However, if you try it, I would love to hear how it goes.  Personally, I find that the softer fish, like white trout, tends to fall about.  So, you may not get an intact fillet if you go with that fish. We both know that it doesn’t have to be pretty to be yummy, though.

What toppings can I put on tilapia fish?

You can keep it as simple as you want! This white fish does a great job of taking flavors, so keep that in mind. Adding olive oil, sea salt, and black pepper is one great topping idea.

If you want some spice, add chili powder to this mild fish. Don’t forget to put some lemon wedges on the plate and top them with fresh parsley!

You can also squeeze fresh lime juice on top and add some slices of sweet red onion. There are so many ways to change the taste of paleo fish recipes, so have fun doing it!

What easy recipes make great side dishes for fish?

Since this is a low carb recipe, go for low carb side dishes. Cauliflower rice is low in net carbs and high in flavor, so that is always a great choice.

Yellow squash is another of my favorite recipes and a great way to make a healthy dinner.

How do I store leftover tilapia?

The biggest thing that you need to remember is to let the fish cool down before storing it in an airtight container. This is the best way to keep it fresh. You will want to reheat and eat the next day for the best flavor.

Be sure to heat it all the way through so it’s safe to eat.

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Do I have to Use Fish?

You could even use this mixture of spices on a chicken breast – yes, seriously!

You will need to bake a 4 oz. chicken breast for approximate 25-30 minutes.

You need to use a meat thermometer to be sure the internal temperature (on the thickest part of the chicken) is 165 degrees F to kill any bacteria.

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

Supper in 15 minutes and it isn't take out!


  • ¼ cup olive oil, extra virgin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 4 tilapia filets, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine olive oil, garlic and seasonings.
  3. Dip each filet into the seasoning and place it on the baking sheet.
  4. Pour any remaining seasoning over the filets on the sheet and place the baking sheet in the oven.
  5. Bake for 10 -12 minutes until fish flakes easily.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 45g

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*Note:  unfortunately, I used foil instead of parchment paper the first time I made this.  The fish stuck to the foil pretty badly!  Of course, that made a huge mess.  The next time, I used parchment paper with zero problems.  Take my advice and learn from my mistakes. Do not skimp!  Aluminum foil will not work for this recipe.

*This Clean Eating Tilapia Recipe is pretty spicy as directed…cut back on spices for less daring taste buds. I love to add a little onion powder, salt, pepper, and lemon juice to tilapia fillets for an easy lunch.

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Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Easy to make! I even did the fries and slaw you suggested. The family loved it. Hubby even called it a restaurant quality meal. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kelli Miller

Friday 9th of August 2019

That is awesome to hear! Glad y';all loved it. :-)


Tuesday 26th of December 2017

I love this recipe! So light and easy! I will have to call the family to the table BEFORE I put the tilapia in the oven. It's ready faster than my kids could get to the table. :)

Denay DeGuzman

Friday 22nd of December 2017

My family loves seafood, and tilapia is high on our list. I just tried out your recipe and let me tell you - it is FANTASTIC! This post inspired me to go the whole 9 yards and make your suggested side dishes too: Oven Roasted Steak Fries, Minnie’s Cool Cabbage Slaw, and Asparagus Spirals. Your quick and easy recipes helped get a delicious, healthy dinner on the table in no time flat. I invited my parents to join us for dinner and they kept commenting on how much they loved these recipes. I've learned that it's a welcome breath of fresh air to mix things up by trying something new. Thank you so much for providing a wealth of yummy recipes! I'll be exploring your blog for more gems like these. :-)


Friday 22nd of December 2017

There are so many amazing flavors in this recipe! And, it's so easy to make, too!

Sam Oskun

Sunday 13th of August 2017

It so awesome. Great receipt for our sweet home. I work at home so If found your suggestions is helpful.

Keep up your good work. :)

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