This post may contain affiliate links and/or sponsored content, which means that I make a small commission off items you purchase at no additional cost to you. Please read my policy page!
Making a delicious healthy dinner can be hard after a long day. But look no further----my favorite under 30-minute meal lately has been this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Tilapia, which is extremely flavorful, convenient, and fast! Made with Sea Cuisine's premium Garlic & Herb Tilapia, chopped kale, fresh garlic, lemon juice + slices, coconut milk, white wine, herbs + seasonings---with a side of basmati rice. This dish is the perfect thing for the entire family!
Hello, seafood lovers! This tilapia dish is truly one for the books. Do you ever want to switch things up for your weeknight meal without the hassle and long amount of time spent in the kitchen? Well, this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Tilapia with Basmati Rice is the exact recipe that will save you the time, the effort, and the disappointment from a not so tasty meal. Plus, the entire family will enjoy this one especially with a chef crafted level fish that works so beautifully with this creamy, lemon-y and herb infused sauce.
In my house, fish is one of those things that we enjoy, but on those busy days I sometime find myself forgetting to remove the fish from my freezer in time to let things thaw out. As a result, I find myself having to change my menu options to something that is more readily available, which can be disappointing sometimes. However, with Sea Cuisine's line of glazed, crusted, and rubbed seafood products like this Garlic & Herb Tilapia, it's super convenient and easy to take it straight from the freezer and searing both sides for a great char and a simple thoroughly cooked process. So, if this tilapia sounds like the perfect match for you, I highly recommend enjoying it with basmati rice (as I did in this recipe) or adding it to my Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Kale Pasta or atop these Creamy Southern Cheese Grits.
When it comes to this creamy tilapia dish, I love combining freshly minced garlic with cream, butter or oil, stock, and herbs like garlic powder, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme, etc. You'll just need to simmer everything together after the initial sauté of garlic until smooth.
Start making this recipe by searing both sides of the Sea Cuisine Garlic & Herb Tilapia straight from your freezer until thoroughly cooked. Please follow package cooking instructions. Then make the basmati rice. For the sauce, you'll begin by sautéing a few garlic cloves, and then adding in the seasoning, lemon juice, coconut milk, other ingredients, and parmesan, whisking until smooth. Then you add in the kale and seared tilapia to simmer a bit along with lemon slices. Wallah. Serve immediately with additional grated parmesan and the side of rice, if desired.
Besides the convenience, restaurant quality, and ready to make ability for healthy meals for the busy cook, Sea Cuisine is a great choice for the following reasons:
It’s important to thicken your creamy sauce so it gets nice and velvety and smooth. Personally, I add just enough liquid to grated parmesan ratio, that doesn't really require a thickener. However, if you find that your sauce is too thin, I love using arrowroot starch (which is a great gluten-free option). However, if you don’t have this on hand, using other subs like all-purpose flour, regular cornstarch, or tapioca flour work just fine.
Just be sure to always stir your thickener with warm water until it becomes a ‘milky’ liquid before adding it to the sauce OR you can add the dry thickener to your skillet with the seasonings, right before adding the liquids, whisking until smooth and thickened.
OK, so if you aren't into wanting rice as a side for this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Tilapia or you simply make this dish more than once and want to switch things up, here are great options for pairing with tilapia:
The great thing is that making cauliflower rice is SUPER easy! Granted, if you're low on time and energy, you can always purchase cauliflower rice via your Amazon or other stores that sell great healthy options.
However, if you're into making it from scratch like I did, then look no further. This easy cauliflower rice recipe includes a handful of easy steps that will ensure that your rice comes out perfectly by simply using a food processor.
I tend to use a lot of white cooking wine, which is easiest for me. However, I do occasionally add quality white wine to my dishes and I recommend using a dry white wine.
A dry white wine will add the right amount of acidity rather than sweetness, which will better compliment your dish like this Creamy Tilapia. In general, any of the following dry white wines work great in this dish:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, and dry sparkling wines.
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
To learn more about Sea Cuisine's Garlic & Herb Tilapia + where to buy, simply visit their website!
Yes! You can also use vegan butter, coconut oil or grapeseed oil, instead of olive oil.
Of course! To add a bit more flavor to this dish, you can always feel free to add in your favorite greens such as spinach, broccolini, collards, asparagus, etc.
While I love adding garlic powder to the sauce of any dish, I usually do this in addition to fresh garlic which gives an explosion of flavor! However, short answer: granulated garlic does the trick too and works great if you don't like garlic pieces in your sauce.
Honestly, it's totally up to you. I love adding lemon slices for extra bold flavor in my sauce, however, using 1 teaspoon of lemon zest should add a nice amount of lemony flavor as well!
Now that you've fallen in love with the convenience and ease of this recipe, you'll want to check out these great meal options for the entire family:
If you tried this Creamy Lemon Garlic Herb Tilapia recipe or any other recipe on my website, please please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how you go in the 📝 comments below. I love hearing from you.