Lemon Pepper Tilapia with Asparagus

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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Temp High

Date night in? This dish is both delicious and healthy! Tilapia is a staple meal around here, so luckily it is VERY slow cooker friendly! Here are two different versions we like so we have some variety for leftovers. No need to go out for an overpriced fancy dinner, crock it at home! Choose from two variations of tilapia with asparagus to show your sweetheart the love. We like to cook both types that way we have a variety of leftovers!

Used 6-quart slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 1 Bundle of Aspargus
  • 4-6 Tilapia Filets, frozen or thawed
  • 8-12 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • Lemon Pepper Seasoning
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Butter for each filet

Directions

  1. Step One

    You will need a piece of foil per filet.

  2. Step Two

    Divide the asparagus out into equal amounts per filet.

  3. Step Three

    Place one filet in the middle of foil and season with lemon pepper seasoning (approximately 1 teaspoon) and add half the juice of 1 lemon (approximately 1-2 tablespoons), then add half tablespoon of butter.

  4. Step Four

    Top filet with the divided asparagus.

  5. Step Five

    Fold the sides of the foil over the fish and then fold the ends of the foil to form a packet.

  6. Step Six

    Your fish and asparagus should be completely wrapped up in the foil.

  7. Step Seven

    Repeat the process until the fish filets and asparagus are all wrapped in individual foil packets.

  8. Step Eight

    Place packets in the slow cooker (it’s okay if they are stacked on top of each other).

  9. Step Nine

    Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 hours if fish is thawed or cook on HIGH for 3 hours if fish is frozen.

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  1. Renee M.

    Another favorite…. I put the tilapia in the crock frozen. I didn’t add the asparagus in the tilapia. I did a separate tin foil with about 10-12 sprigs sprinkled a little lemon on them and added on top of the tilapia foils in the crock because my husband is not a fan of asparagus but I am. It totally came wonderful.. Will be making this diner again….

    Thank you, Jenna and Nicole

    Renee

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  2. Doreen

    Doreen

    Made this tonight. My husband loved it and so did my 3 year old son! Thanks girls for yet another awesome recipe!

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  3. Amber

    Not a fan of asparagus, any suggestions for another veggie?

  4. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    You will cook the fish for the same amount.

  5. Angela

    If I will be making the lemon pepper tilapia with only 2 thawed filets, how long do you recommend it cooks for?

  6. Billie

    I filled a big crock pot with these packets for a big family Sunday dinner. My crock pot held 8. HUGE HIT! So easy and clever. Stays hot in the packets in a “warm” crock pot all day. The house does NOT smell like fish. Neither does your crock pot. I sprayed mine with Pam for easy clean up. This one came across on FB from the Crockn Girls submission to American Cooks Dinner. I will do this again for my family.

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  7. Lynn

    This is such a good recipe. I use margarine instead of butter to make it a little more heart healthy. We’ve tried it with tilapia and swai and it’s delicious!!

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  8. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Kasandra, 1/4 cup mayo or Miracle Whip is the right measurement but if you fill like you want to use more of the sauce, using 1/2 cup will be perfectly fine. You will not have to increase the rest of the ingredients. Sorry for the confusion.

  9. Kasandra

    For the recipe of the garlic cream sauce you say you use 1/4 cup mayo but the screen reads 1/2 cup…Which one is correct?

  10. Tiffany M.

    So will my house smell like fish? I want to make this buy am kind of nervous!

  11. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Awesome, Yolanda! You’re a crockin’ cook, now!

  12. Yolanda E.

    I am not a cook, I don’t like to cook. But when I found out about the Crockingirls I love it, I made the Lemon Pepper Tilapia Love it. I make it all the time now.

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  13. Brittani

    It was really good, served with Parmesan butter noodles. I don’t cook much at all so thanks for something easy to share with my family.

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  14. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Not at at, Julie.
    Betty, I think you’ll end up with mushy mess if you crocked it that long. You could try LOW for 3-4 hours, but I wouldn’t go any longer! If you’re concerned about having it ready when you come home from work, you can always prep it the night before and crock it first thing as you walk in the door from the office. Go for a walk, set the table, prepare your sides, and your meal should be done. Just a suggestion! Thanks for crockin’ with us, y’all!

  15. Julie

    Does it make the house smell fishy?

  16. Betty

    Would it work to cook the fish packets on low for 8-10 hours instead?

  17. Natalie

    Thanks for the recipe! Never thought to put fish in the crockpot. It turned out wonderful:)

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  18. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Of course….I don’t see why not, Christi. I think catfish would be just fine!

  19. Christi R.

    Can you do this dish with Catfish instead of Tilapia?

  20. Beth

    I tried the Lemon Pepper version this week and it was excellant. Flavor was very good.

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  21. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Joni,
    So sorry your fish didn’t turn out. That is no bueno.

  22. Joni

    Disappointed. Fish was not done after 4 hrs. on high. Had to finish it on the grill.

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  23. Dawna M.

    I tried the tilapia with the lemon pepper and it was sooooo good. I actually cooked it on high for 4 hours and it was delicious…. Thanks a million for a great recipe..

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  24. Barbara S.

    The Lemon pepper Tilapia & asparagus has become a favorite in my household…We love it so much that I still haven’t tried the other version. Thanks for another great recipe.

  25. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Woohoo…glad y’all liked it!

  26. jennifer c.

    The tilapia with the cream garlic sauce is delicious!! I didn’t have any asparagus to put on top, but it was still good. Gonna make it again tonight. I could see where this will be a weekly meal. Would love to see more tilapia recipes.

  27. Brittany C.

    Love the garlic cream sauce tilapia! Make it a least once a week!! Would love to see some more healthy fish recipes!

  28. Stephanie S.

    Thank you so much for your quick response! I do have 2 crock pots! Before I got my heavy duty All Clad one for Christmas, I went through 3 of the same brand (I won’t say which one..lol!) but it broke 3 times! I like to have a back up crock :)
    Thanks for the advice.
    Today I have King Ranch Chicken crockin. I think my family will love this recipe!

  29. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    YAY, Stephanie! SO glad you liked it. I would just be worried that 12 fillets would be too many in 1 pot. We’ve only done as many as 8 at a time in our 7 quart crock and cooked them on high for 3 hours (they were frozen). We’ve read your pot should only be 1/2-3/4 full. Do you have another slow cooker you could use? We say crocks are like shoes…you can never have too many! LOL Or you can borrow one from a girlfriend :) Happy Crockin’ to ya!

  30. Stephanie S.

    Hey girls! I made this a couple of days ago for myself since I am the only one in my family who likes fish. It was delicious!!! I have a group of girlfriends who I have dinner with pretty often and when it’s my turn I want to do the tilapia and asparagus (the first recipe). Here’s my question: If I make 10-12 servings do I need to adjust the time I cook it? For 2 filets I cooked it for 2.5 hours and it was perfect. I just want it to be cooked perfectly. Thanks so much!

  31. Marie R.

    the best ever:)

  32. Cari L.

    Loved this dish!!!!! Jenna i also love your shirt where did you get it??

  33. Crockin Girls

    Crockin Girls

    Cooking with aluminum is safe, however, if you have reservations, you can try parchment paper. I have not tried this but have seen recipes. (not for the slow cooker)

  34. Mildred C.

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