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Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia

Discover the deliciousness of Mediterranean cuisine with this simple yet amazing oven-baked tilapia recipe. It’s an easy dinner that’s perfect for any day of the week, featuring tender tilapia fish fillets richly flavored with olive oil and a vibrant tomato sauce. 

Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia filets.


This Mediterranean-style baked tilapia is a quick, easy, and healthy fish recipe with olives and tomatoes that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner and fancy enough for a dinner party.

Whether you’re new to tilapia recipes or a seasoned fan, this flavorful baked fish dish is sure to impress even the seafood haters in your household. Ideal as a main course or alongside your favorite side dishes, this recipe will bring the essence of the Mediterranean right to your table. I also love it because it’s really quick. Make the tomato sauce in five minutes, stir in some olives, throw the filets on top, and you’re ready to cook it!

Ingredients You’ll Need

Grab the following basics to make our Mediterranean baked tilapia recipe. From juicy tomatoes to tender fish filets, these simple ingredients will create a flavorful and easy tilapia dish!

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil: You can substitute it with avocado oil for a milder flavor.
  • Grape Tomatoes: They add a sweet and tangy contrast; cherry tomatoes can be used.
  • Salt and Fresh Ground Black Pepper: Used to enhance all the flavors.
  • Garlic: I like to use fresh garlic, but garlic powder will do. Adjust the quantity based on your preference.
  • Dried Oregano: Provides an herbal flavor.
  • Green Olives: I suggest using your favorite (pitted) olives. I like this recipe with black olives or green ones.
  • Tilapia Fillets: Any white fish, like cod or halibut, can also be used. If you are using frozen fish, fully thaw it before cooking,
  • Crumbled Feta Cheese: Offers a salty, creamy taste, but goat cheese could be a substitute.
  • Chopped Fresh Parsley: For garnish, adding a fresh finish, but cilantro is a good alternative.

How To Make Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia

Follow these easy steps to prepare the tilapia. This guide will take you through everything from seasoning the filets to baking them. For the full recipe, scroll down the page to the recipe card.

  1. Prep. Preheat the oven to 400°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Cook the tomatoes. In a nonstick skillet, heat most of the olive oil over medium heat. Sauté the tomatoes seasoned with salt and pepper until tender, about 4-5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for another minute until aromatic.
  3. Add remaining ingredients. Remove from heat, stir in oregano and olives, and transfer to the baking dish. Season tilapia fillets with salt and pepper and lay them over the tomato mixture in a single layer. Drizzle with the remaining olive oil.
  4. Cook. Bake uncovered for 12-55 minutes, until the fish is cooked through.
  5. Serve. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with feta cheese, and garnish with parsley.
A baking dish with talapia fillets cooked in tomato sauce.

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Marination: For deeper flavor, marinate the tilapia in olive oil and lemon juice for 30 minutes before baking.
  • Spice it up: Add a pinch of chili flakes to the tomato mixture for a bit of heat.
  • Cheese Options: While feta is suggested, try mozzarella or parmesan for a different taste and texture.
  • Adding Greens: Toss in some spinach or kale with the tomatoes for added nutrition.

Serving Suggestions

There are some really delicious things going on in this baking dish, starting with a bed of blistered, garlicky tomatoes and olives tucked underneath a soft fillet-o-fish, moving on to a satisfying sprinkle of crumbled feta cheese. All we need now is a simple side dish to add to our delicious meal. I like to serve this with a crisp green salad, steamed broccoli, or over a bed of fluffy couscous or Mediterranean rice. For a heartier meal, consider pairing it with roasted potatoes or a slice of crusty bread to soak up the juicy tomato sauce.

Close-up photo of cooked fish filets topped with crumbled feta cheese.

Proper Storage

This Mediterranean-inspired baked tilapia recipe is not only a breeze to prepare but also a great way to enjoy a healthy, flavorful meal any day of the week, even as leftovers. To Store, keep leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, gently warm it up in the oven at 275°F until heated through, or microwave on medium power to preserve the texture of the fish.

Baked fish fillets in a tomato sauce.

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Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia - A quick, easy, and healthy fish recipe with olives and tomatoes that's perfect for a weeknight dinner, and fancy enough for a dinner party!

Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia

Katerina | Diethood
This baked tilapia recipe makes for an easy dinner that’s perfect for any day of the week. It features tender fish fillets richly flavored with olive oil, feta cheese, olives, and a vibrant tomato sauce. 
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Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 cup Green Olives, pitted and chopped
  • 4 Tilapia Fillets, fresh or frozen (If frozen, thaw before cooking)
  • cup crumbled Feta Cheese, optional
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 400˚F and lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Heat 1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and stir occasionally. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes or until juicy and tender.
  • Stir in the garlic and continue to cook for 1 more minute or until fragrant.
  • Remove from heat. Add the oregano and chopped olives; mix to combine.
  • Transfer the tomato mixture to the baking dish. Taste the sauce for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  • Season the Tilapia with salt and pepper and arrange the fillets over the tomatoes in one single layer. Drizzle with remaining olive oil.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes or until the fish is flaky and cooked through.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Sprinkle with feta cheese, garnish with parsley, and serve.


Calories: 355 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 38 g | Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Cholesterol: 96 mg | Sodium: 765 mg | Potassium: 1100 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 6 g | Vitamin A: 2155 IU | Vitamin C: 33.3 mg | Calcium: 135 mg | Iron: 2.1 mg

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: baked tilapia recipe, oven baked tilapia
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13 comments on “Mediterranean Style Baked Tilapia”

  1. I don’t have lemon stuffed green olives, can I substitute with something else?
    I would like to make this for lent.

  2. I have made this several times. Acouple times with cod and once with halibut. It is an amazing recipe. I keep everything else exactly the same but I just don’t like tilapia that much. I might add a little extra feta though. Mostly just because I can’t be bothered measuring it and you can never have too much feta! Thank you!

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    Kristi Rimkus

    I ran across your recipe over on Pinterest. Mediterranean flavors are so delicious and perfect with your tilapia.

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    Kimberly Ann @ Bake Love Give

    This looks incredible! I’m just venturing out into eating fish again and these stunning colors are totally drawing me into this recipe! 🙂

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    Michelle @ Blackberry Babe

    This looks JUST like a dish I get at my favorite greek restaurant! I need to give it a try to test! 🙂

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    Michelle @ The Complete Savorist

    This is a stunning dish. It appears to be easy enough (I am uncomfortable making seafood at home) to make and packs so much flavor. Love it.

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    Michelle | A Latte Food

    I’ve been struggling with my fitness goals already, lol, so this meal will totally help me to get back on track! Looks amazing!

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    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen

    That is the prettiest tilapia I have seen! I am all about the olives. The lemon stuffed ones sound amazing. I am going ot have to see if my local stores carry this.

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