This Lemon Pepper Grilled Tilapia Recipe is so easy it is hard to even call it a recipe. You can have dinner in under 10 minutes that is seasoned to perfection and so amazing!

Grilled Tilapia Recipe

We love this grilled Tilapia recipe. It is perfect for when you are really busy and need dinner in minutes.

Now if you want… you can invest in a fish grilling basket, like these, for around $20. Those are nice for a “crispier” fish crust, but for tilapia, I like it nice and juicy.  Instead we use foil packets.

We buy our Tilapia at Sam’s because it is individually packaged and it is very convenient. We take it out of the freezer, run water over it to loosen the package and place it right in our foil pack and straight to the grill.

There is no need to thaw! I just love this easy tilapia recipe. This is such a big help when we need dinner fast.

For our seasoning this time, we used lemon pepper seasoning. You can buy it almost in any store for just a few dollars (or even on Amazon here) and it tastes amazing on fish and chicken.

You only need 4 things to make grilled tilapia.

  • Tilapia fillets
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • Olive Oil
  • Aluminum Foil

That is all you need to make amazing grilled tilapia.

How to grill tilapia?

This recipe is so easy that it is hard to call it a recipe. However, it is so delicious that I just had to post it.

Tear your foil so that you have enough for each piece of tilapia. Drizzle the foil with olive oil, put the fish inside and top with lemon pepper seasoning.

How long to grill tilapia:

In just 8 minutes, you will have the absolute best meal!  It is easy to tell when this Lemon Pepper Grilled Tilapia is done.

It really only takes a few minutes per side and dinner is ready! You will love having such a quick and easy recipe to cook.

How to tell when Tilapia is done

Tilapia is white when it is raw but it is more of a translucent white. You know when Tilapia is cooked and ready to eat when the white becomes more of a solid white it flakes easily with a fork.

What temperature do I grill tilapia?

Heat your grill to medium high heat so that the fish will sear. You want the internal temperature of the fish to be 145 degrees.

Lemon pepper tilapia is really easy on the budget.

Fish obviously isn’t the cheapest meat to eat, but Tilapia is one of the “nicer” fish that is lesser expensive.

If you want to save money on it, then do like our family and buy it in bulk. You will save at least $1 or $2 per pound by buying it frozen in bulk than fresh.

What does grilled tilapia taste like?

If you are afraid of fish, then try Tilapia. I think you will be impressed with how “non fishy” it tastes.

Some of our family really does not care for fish and they like Tilapia. It has a great flavor and the lemon pepper really jazzes it up.

What is good with grilled tilapia?

Lemon pepper tilapia recipe on the grill is perfect for busy weeknights!

Dinners that are super quick like this recipe help make busy seasons of life less hectic. My family can still enjoy a great meal without any prep work at all.

You can get dinner on the table in 10 minutes.

Grilled tilapia recipes in foil make clean up a breeze!

No need to dirty up the kitchen or heat it up. Put everything on the grill and keep the kitchen cool.

Plus, clean up is so easy because there isn’t any! ๐Ÿ™‚ The foil packs can just be tossed in the trash making clean up super easy.

Try this easy grilled tilapia in foil today!

This fish is so delicious. You will be amazed at what just a little salt, pepper and olive oil taste like on this fish. Sometimes we also add a dash of garlic powder.

Easy grilled tilapia recipes are tasty and budget friendly.

I love that we can enjoy fish and not spend a fortune. Since tilapia is reasonable to purchase, you can enjoy this often even if you have a large family.

It is so nice to be able to enjoy a really healthy and delicious meal that only took a few minutes to prepare. Plus, tilapia is very budget friendly.

Give this a try and let us know what your family things. We just love it!

Add a few easy side dishes and dinner is ready! This is another great example of simple being amazing!

You don’t have to spend a ton of time cooking or a ton of money for your family to enjoy a really tasty meal.

Print this Grilled tilapia recipe lemon & pepper:

Grilled Tilapia Recipe – Lemon Pepper Tilapia recipe on the grill

4.86 from 7 votes
This Lemon Pepper Grilled Tilapia recipe tastes amazing and is so easy to make! You can have dinner ready in just 10 minutes!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 13 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine Seafood
Course Main Course
Calories 186
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 6 Tilapia filets
  • 3 teaspoons Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil


  • Tear the foil into 6 equal pieces for each tilapia filet. Place a tilapia filet on each piece of foil.
  • Preheat the grill over medium high heat (approximately 400 degrees F).
  • Drizzle the olive oil over each filet and sprinkle each one with approximately ½ tsp Lemon Pepper Seasoning.
  • Place directly on the grill for 8-10 minutes until the tilapia reaches an internal temperature for 145 degrees F.
  • Be careful when unwrapping the foil packets and then the tilapia is ready to enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Refrigerate any leftover tilapia in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.ย ย 
*Make sure that the tilapia filets are completely defrosted if using frozen tilapia filets.ย ย 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 186kcal, Carbohydrates 1g, Protein 34g, Fat 5g, Saturated Fat 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Cholesterol 85mg, Sodium 89mg, Potassium 527mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 1g, Vitamin A 5IU, Calcium 21mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. What if you want to do it in the oven. What temp & how long do you suggest to cook it? Thanks!

  2. Very nice recipe. Love this Grilled Tilapia Recipe. Thank you for share this step by step instructions.

  3. You wouldn’t believe if I tell you this will be my first tilapia cooking:) It Is very helpful to me!

    Thank you!

  4. Five Star. This is not only easy but delicious. I made a dill sauce to go with them. Extremely easy. Mayo, miracle whip and dill relish. Fantastic although you don’t need it.