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Tilapia and Bacon in Garlic Broth

This tilapia and bacon in garlic broth is the perfect light and healthy summer dinner. Baking the tilapia in the broth gives it a wonderful flavor.
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Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 577kcal


  • Braising dish


  • 4 tilapia fillets patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 8 ounces thick sliced bacon sliced into lardons
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 carrots peeled and small diced
  • 2 stalks celery small diced
  • 1 small onion peeled and small diced
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon paprika plus more for serving
  • 1 lemon sliced into 4 rounds
  • 8 ounces fresh or frozen peas
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Sprinkle of crushed red pepper optional
  • Extra virgin olive oil optional, for serving


Fry the Bacon:

  • Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  • In a large, wide braising pot (large enough to hold all the fish fillets), add the bacon and turn the heat on the stove to medium-high. Cook for 8-10 minutes or until the fat has rendered. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl. Drain off all but 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

Cook the Vegetables:

  • Return the pot to medium heat and add 2 tablespoons butter. Once melted, add the carrots, celery, and onion and cook, stirring regularly, for 7-8 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften.
  • Add the garlic and cook for 45 seconds or until fragrant.

Prepare the Broth:

  • Add the chicken stock and the reserved bacon and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika.

Cook the Tilapia:

  • Place the tilapia fillets in the broth and sprinkle a little paprika on top of each fillet. Place a lemon round on each fillet and transfer to the oven. Cook for 15 minutes or until the fish is opaque and cooked through.

Finish the Broth:

  • Using a spatula, carefully transfer the tilapia fillets to 4 shallow bowls.
  • Turn the heat on the broth to medium and add the peas and parsley. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the peas are bright green. Taste and  season one final time with salt, pepper, or crushed red pepper if desired. Turn off the heat.

To Serve:

  • Ladle the hot broth over the tilapia and sprinkle each dish with a bit of paprika and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, if desired. Enjoy!


Calories: 577kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 33g | Sodium: 637mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 52mg
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