Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro-Lime Marinade

Mix up your outdoor grilling routine with this tasty recipe for Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro Lime Marinade. It’s easy and delicious!

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Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro-Lime Marinade

Have you ever tried to grill fish?  No, not salmon.  Flaky, white fish.  And have you ever had the above-mentioned flaky, white fish stick to the grill?  Well, this post is for you!  

The solution is to place the fish in an aluminum foil pouch complete with a marinade of your choice (one of my favorite seafood marinades is the cilantro-lime one included in this recipe).  Although using a foil pouch might not technically be considered grilling, you are able to throw some veggies on the side and enjoy cooking in the great outdoors.  

Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro-Lime Marinade

Here are a couple of tips for grilling delicate fish, like tilapia, flounder or sole:

  • Use a grill spatula to move the foil pouch.  Tongs can rip the aluminum foil.
  • Make sure the grill is fully preheated before adding the fish.
  • Brush the inside of the foil with olive oil to keep the fish from sticking.
  • Be careful when opening the foil pouch – steam builds up inside!
  • Make sure the pieces of fish are all roughly the same size and thickness.
  • Cooking times will vary based on the thickness of the pieces as well as the type of fish.  A good guide is 4-5 minutes per ½” thickness.  (So if it’s a 1” thick piece, it should take approximately 10 minutes.)  If it’s a flaky fish, just pull a fork across the top.  Once the fish is fully cooked, it will flake easily.

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Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro-Lime Marinade

Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro-Lime Marinade

Mix up your outdoor grilling routine with this tasty recipe for Grilled Tilapia + Cilantro Lime Marinade. It's easy and delicious!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 99kcal


  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro leaves finely chopped
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 pieces of flaky white fish, such as flounder, tilapia, or sole
  • 1 lime sliced into quarters
  • Assorted vegetables such as yellow squash, zucchini, or bell peppers
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a small food processor, combine the cilantro leaves and olive oil. Pulse until a smooth paste forms.
  • Tear off a piece of aluminum foil approximately 18-20” long. Spray or brush a small amount of olive oil on the foil. Place the fish on the foil, and spread the cilantro-olive oil mixture on the top of the fish. Squeeze the lime wedges on top of the fish and then leave wedges in the pouch next to the fish.
  • Cover the fish with a second, similarly sized piece of foil. Fold the edges together, and then fold them over again to create secure, sealed edges on all sides.
  • Preheat the grill on medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, slice the vegetables and generously brush with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
  • Place the foil pouch along with the vegetables on the grill.
  • Grill for approximately 8-10 minutes on medium to medium-high heat, or roughly 4-5 minutes per ½” thickness of the fish. (The vegetables will likely need to be turned after 3-4 minutes, and (depending on size) they may need to come off of the grill a couple of minutes before the fish.)

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