Brown Sugar Citrus Tilapia Recipe

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Best with Sunkist® Lemons, Oranges
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The perfect balance of sweet and spice, Brown Sugar Citrus Tilapia is bathed in lemon and orange juices, melted butter seasoned with garlic and brown sugar. The addition of lemon makes this Sunkist S’alternative™ a very tasty dish!


  • 1 Tbsp. Sunkist® fresh lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1 Tbsp. Sunkist® fresh orange zest, finely grated
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 1/4 lbs. Tilapia filets (4 filets)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Sunkist® lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh Sunkist® orange juice
  • 1 Sunkist® lemon, thinly sliced
  • 1 Sunkist® orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 fresh parsley sprigs for garnish

Instructions: (Makes 4 servings)

  • Place lemon zest, orange zest, flour, black pepper and chili powder into a shallow bowl and combine well. Pat dry Tilapia filets and place into the seasoning, coating both sides well.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large frying pan over medium high heat. Place Tilapia filets in pan and sauté 5 to 6 minutes turning once. Both sides should be a nice golden brown.
  • Remove filets from pan and add 1 tablespoon of butter, garlic, lemon and orange juice, cook for 30 seconds. Add the lemon and orange slices, sprinkle with brown sugar and cook over a medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes or until they start to caramelize. Add Tilapia back into the pan and coat well with pan sauce.

  • To Serve: Place Tilapia filet on plate and cover with the caramelized lemon and orange slices. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

Recipe and photo submitted by Andreann G. - Sunkist S’alternative™ recipe contest 1st Prize Winner.

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