Delicious Tilapia Recipe with White Wine and Capers

Are you in the mood for a delicious and easy-to-make fish dish that will impress your family and friends? Look no further! I’m thrilled to share my recipe for Tilapia With Capers and White Wine. This savory recipe is sure to delight any seafood lover, and it’s perfect for relaxing weeknight meals or entertaining special guests.

This dish is inspired by the traditional Italian Piccata dish, which is usually made with veal or chicken. My version features juicy and tender tilapia fillets seasoned with salt, fresh ground black pepper, and fennel seed, pan-seared until golden crispy, and then smothered in a mouthwatering white wine lemon caper sauce.

The tangy capers add a delightful pop of flavor to the buttery sauce and pair perfectly with the subtle sweetness of the white wine. The Dijon mustard adds an extra layer of complexity to the dish, while the fresh lemon juice brightens up all the flavors.

This recipe is not only delicious but also healthy. Tilapia is low in fat and calories while being high in protein. The recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, making it an affordable way to enjoy a gourmet meal at home.

So hurry up to your kitchen and let’s get cooking this amazing Tilapia with Capers and White Wine together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Tilapia With Capers and White Wine
Tilapia With Capers and White Wine

Are you looking for an elegant yet easy-to-make dish for dinner tonight? Look no further than this Tilapia with Capers and White Wine recipe! It’s a perfect main course that will impress your guests or family members without taking hours to prepare.

The combination of flavors in this dish is simply divine. The zingy capers, tangy Dijon mustard, and fragrant fennel seeds perfectly complement the flaky, mild flavor of the tilapia fillets. And when you add a splash of dry white wine and fresh lemon juice to the mix, the flavors truly sing.

But what makes this recipe truly special is its versatility. Not only can you pan-fry the tilapia fillets for a crispy texture, but you can also bake them in the oven or cook them in an air fryer for a healthier option. And if you don’t have tilapia on hand, you can easily substitute it with other white fish varieties like sea bass or even chicken breasts.

What’s more, this recipe is very forgiving and can be adjusted to your liking. If you prefer your food spicier, just increase the amount of black pepper in the seasoning mix. Or if you’re catering to children or people sensitive to heat, leave out the black pepper altogether. You can also adjust the amount of capers depending on how briny you like your sauce.

In conclusion, this Tilapia with Capers and White Wine recipe is versatile, easy-to-make, adaptable and above all delicious! With just a few simple ingredients, you can create a restaurant-quality meal that will leave your tastebuds satisfied and your guests impressed.

Ingredient List

 Delicate tilapia fillets dressed with a succulent white wine and caper sauce
Delicate tilapia fillets dressed with a succulent white wine and caper sauce

Ingredients for Tilapia with Capers and White Wine Recipe:

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 2 fresh lemons
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained (1/4 cup if using capers recipe)
  • Lemon slices, for garnish (optional)

For the Caper Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 fresh lemon
  • 2 tbsp capers, drained (1/4 cup if using capers recipe)
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

This tilapia with capers and white wine recipe requires simple ingredients that can be easily found in your pantry. Fresh tilapia fillets are seasoned with a simple mix of salt and pepper dredged in all-purpose flour before cooked to perfection. The beauty of this recipe is its simplicity, yet elegant enough to impress at dinner. A tangy and flavorful sauce made with white wine, lemon juice, butter, and capers complements the mild white fish flavors. The caper sauce adds freshness and depth that marries well with other ingredients on this dish.

The Recipe How-To

 A mouth-watering recipe that will make your taste buds tingle with delight
A mouth-watering recipe that will make your taste buds tingle with delight

Prepare the Tilapia Fillets

  1. Place the tilapia fillets on a plate or cutting board and pat them dry with a paper towel.
  2. Season both sides of the fillets with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste.

Dredge in Flour Mixture

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together all-purpose flour, fennel seed, and a pinch of salt.
  2. Dredge the seasoned tilapia fillets in the flour mixture, pressing gently to help it adhere.

Pan-Fry the Tilapia Fillets

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  2. Add the floured tilapia fillets to the pan and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and crispy.
  3. Once cooked, remove from the pan and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to absorb any excess oil.

Make the Lemon Caper Sauce

  1. In the same pan you used for cooking tilapia, melt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of drained capers and cook for about 1 minute until they start to pop.
  3. Pour in ¼ cup of dry white wine, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, and ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard into the pan with capers.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, until it thickens slightly, around 3-5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat, add salt and pepper to taste, stir in chopped parsley leaves if desired.

Serve and Enjoy!

  1. Place cooked tilapia fillets on plates and spoon over the caper sauce
  2. Garnish with fresh slices of lemon and chopped fresh parsley.

Enjoy your delicious Pan-Fried Tilapia with Lemon Caper Sauce, an easy and flavorful way to prepare any white fish for a quick weeknight meal.

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma of white wine and capers will fill your kitchen and tease your senses
The aroma of white wine and capers will fill your kitchen and tease your senses

Are you looking to spice up this Tilapia with Capers and White Wine recipe? Here are some substitutions and variations to try out:

– Instead of tilapia, try using sea bass or another white fish. The caper sauce will complement any type of mild white fish.

– If you’re not a fan of capers, try substituting them for chopped olives in the sauce. This will still give the dish a salty tanginess.

– For a vegetarian version, substitute the fish with portobello mushrooms. The meaty texture will hold up well with the sauce.

– Add some veggies to the mix! Try serving this dish over sautéed spinach or grilled asparagus. You can even add diced tomatoes and bell peppers to the caper sauce.

– Feeling adventurous? Crank up the heat by adding red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper to the sauce. This will give the dish a spicy kick.

– Want to make it gluten-free? Substitute all-purpose flour for cornstarch in the recipe when dredging the fish.

Remember, cooking is all about experimenting and making it your own. Don’t be afraid to try out new ingredients and techniques in this delicious Tilapia with Capers and White Wine recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 A simple yet elegant recipe that's perfect for any occasion
A simple yet elegant recipe that’s perfect for any occasion

One of the best things about this tilapia with capers and white wine recipe is how versatile it is when it comes to pairing it with side dishes. You can serve it with a variety of vegetables or grain-based sides, such as roasted asparagus or quinoa pilaf. For a more indulgent meal, try pairing it with creamy mashed potatoes or a rich risotto.

However, if you really want to make the flavors of the dish pop, pair it with light and refreshing side dishes that complement the tangy and slightly sweet taste of the white wine caper sauce. Some great options include roasted artichokes, braised fennel, or a simple green salad dressed with lemon vinaigrette.

As for drinks, nothing pairs better with this recipe than a crisp and dry white wine. Look for an unoaked Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc to perfectly complement the flavors in the dish. Avoid anything too sweet as this can overwhelm and overpower the subtle flavors in the tilapia piccata white.

Whether you’re looking for a fancy dinner party main course or a quick weeknight dinner idea, this tilapia with capers and white wine recipe is sure to impress your guests or family. Serve it up with your favorite sides and drinks for an unforgettable meal!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Tilapia fillets bathed in a tangy, flavorful sauce that's perfect for seafood lovers
Tilapia fillets bathed in a tangy, flavorful sauce that’s perfect for seafood lovers

This tilapia with capers and white wine recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or for entertaining guests! To make your life easier, the dish can be made ahead of time and reheated when needed. Simply store the cooked tilapia fillets and caper sauce separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

When it’s time to reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C) and place the fillets on a baking sheet. Cover with foil and heat them up for about 15 minutes until they are heated all the way through. Alternatively, you may reheat them in the microwave in 30-second increments until warm.

To reheat the caper sauce, place it in a saucepan over low heat while stirring constantly. Add a splash of water or white wine to thin out the sauce if it has become too thick. Once hot, spoon the warm sauce over your tilapia fillets.

If you want to make this dish ahead of time but don’t have access to an oven or microwave at a later time, you can also pan-fry or sear the tilapia fillets and keep them warm by wrapping them loosely in aluminum foil until ready to serve. The caper sauce can be made fresh right before serving.

With these reheating tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your delicious dish even on busy nights!

Tips for Perfect Results

 The combination of capers and white wine provides a burst of flavors that will leave you wanting more
The combination of capers and white wine provides a burst of flavors that will leave you wanting more

Cooking fish can be a challenge, but no need to worry! With these tips, your Tilapia with Capers and White Wine will come out perfect every time. From selecting the right fish to adding the finishing touches on your dish, here are some tips to ensure your meal is a success.

1. Choosing the Right Fish

When selecting Tilapia fillets for this recipe, make sure they are fresh and firm to the touch. The fresher the fish, the better it will taste. Additionally, you can substitute Tilapia with sea bass or any other white fish you prefer.

2. Preparing Your Ingredients

Before you begin cooking, make sure all of your ingredients are prepped and ready. This means having your capers drained, your lemon sliced, and your fennel seeds toasted. This way, you’ll have everything organized and within reach when cooking.

3. Seasoning Your Fish

Season your Tilapia fillets with salt and black pepper just before cooking them. This will ensure a tender texture after frying and add flavor to your dish.

4. Adding Flavor with Sauces

To add more flavor to your Tilapia, pour the white wine caper sauce over it as soon as it’s cooked through, which will allow for the flavors to meld into the fish perfectly.

5. Getting the Perfect Cook on Your Fish

The key to perfectly cooking Tilapia fillets is pan-frying them until golden brown on both sides. You can also choose other cooking options like searing or baking depending on preferred preparation method

6. Pairing and Serving Suggestions

For a complete meal, serve along with roasted vegetables like asparagus or sweet potato wedges as delicious side dish that pairs well with tilapia piccata. A chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay would complement this dish wonderfully.

By following these tips, your Tilapia with Capers and White Wine dish will turn out to be an enjoyable gourmet experience that you can easily recreate at home.


Now, I will address some frequently asked questions about this tilapia with capers and white wine recipe. These questions cover everything from ingredient substitutions to cooking techniques to make sure that you have all the information you need to make this dish a success.

Should I rinse tilapia before cooking?

It is not recommended to wash raw meat and poultry before cooking, according to food safety experts, including those at the USDA. This is because the bacteria present on these foods may be easily spread around the kitchen when rinsed, as they are not firmly attached.

Should tilapia be soaked in milk?

Did you know that soaking fish in milk before cooking can help remove any unwanted fishy smell? Epicurious suggests giving your protein a milk bath and letting it sit for 20 minutes prior to cooking. Cook’s Illustrated also recommends this trick to reduce fishiness. Give it a try in your own kitchen!

What taste good with tilapia?

As a sommelier, I’m seasoned in suggesting wonderful wine pairings for different dishes. However, as an avid foodie myself, I know that side dishes can make or break a meal. That’s why I’m going to share some of my favorite side dishes that perfectly complements the taste of tilapia. This includes various potato sides and delicious roasted vegetables that will leave your taste buds yearning for more.

When it comes to potato sides, I’ve got two favorites – easy air fryer diced potatoes and air fryer baked sweet potatoes. The former is a quick and effortless dish that requires minimal effort, while the latter is a delightful treat that brings out the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes, making them an ideal match for a light fish such as tilapia. Another fantastic option is mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and goat cheese. This is a creamy, tangy, and indulgent side that is a perfect complement to a well-prepared tilapia dish.

Aside from potatoes, roasted veggies are a great way to add some nutrition and flavor to your plate. The perfect oven-roasted vegetables include a blend of carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, and zucchini. Roasting these ingredients in the oven intensifies their flavors, creating a delicious medley of textures that pairs perfectly with a mild fish like tilapia. For those who love a bit of an umami kick in their meals, miso-roasted brussels sprouts are a must-try. They’re savory, crunchy, and complement the taste of tilapia in a way that’ll leave your taste buds singing.

In conclusion, side dishes are the perfect complement to any meal, especially tilapia. These flavorful and nutritious options I’ve shared, which include a variety of potatoes and roasted vegetables dishes, will elevate your tilapia meal to new heights while also offering a more well-rounded dining experience.

What do you soak tilapia in?

Looking for a quick and tasty dinner for a hectic weeknight? Try out this flavorful Crispy Oven Baked Tilapia recipe that involves soaking the fish in buttermilk and coating it with bread crumbs. Within a mere 15 minutes, the fish will have a crispy exterior and a refreshing and delectable flavor.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this tilapia with capers and white wine recipe is a perfect dish for those who want to enjoy the flavors of the sea with a tangy twist. It’s a simple yet effective way to cook seafood that’ll make you feel like a gourmet chef even if you have little experience in the kitchen. The combination of capers, white wine, and lemon juice in the sauce creates a taste that can only be described as heavenly.

Not only is this dish quick and easy to prepare, but it also pairs well with many side dishes such as roasted vegetables or a mixed green salad. Furthermore, you can customize this recipe by swapping out the tilapia for other fish like sea bass or even making it vegetarian with tofu or tempeh.

So why not give this recipe a try? It’s sure to be a hit at your next dinner party or family meal. Don’t be afraid to experiment with the ingredients and make it your own. Trust me, once you’ve tried this dish, you’ll be added to your regular rotation of meals. Just don’t forget to pour yourself a glass of dry white wine to enjoy alongside it – it’s the perfect complement to this flavorful dish!

Tilapia With Capers and White Wine

Tilapia With Capers and White Wine Recipe

From the AJC online, What's For Dinner, submitted by Jeanne Besser. Toasted fennel seeds add flavor without being overpowering. White wine and capers add to the Mediterranean nature of this dish.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Calories 198.2 kcal


  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed (toast briefly and set aside)
  • 12 ounces tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers (drained well)
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • In a medium-hot iron skillet briefly toast fennel seeds.
  • In a large Pyrex baking dish sprayed with cooking spray, arrange fillets in a single layer.
  • Spread mustard on the fillets, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Top with capers and fennel seeds.
  • Pour wine around fish. Oven-roast uncovered for 15-17 minutes, or until cooked through, and some of the wine has evaporated.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 144gCalories: 198.2kcalCarbohydrates: 2.2gProtein: 34.9gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 85.1mgSodium: 576.2mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.4g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, Healthy, High In..., High Protein, Savory, Very Low Carbs
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