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    Pesto Crusted Tilapia

    Pesto Crusted Tilapia. Photo by Lori Mama

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    20 mins

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    MariaCBarton's Note:

    A couple of weeks ago at work, we had this AMAZING pesto crusted salmon left over from a meeting. I have wanted to recreate the recipe ever since, and decided to give it a try with tilapia. I'm sure you could use this topping on any fish and it would be fantastic -- I'm dying to try it with a nice big piece of salmon. It is such an easy recipe and I'm sure it would be even better with homemade pesto.

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    Serves: 4



    Units: US | Metric

    • 24 ounces tilapia fillets (four 6 oz pieces of fish)
    • 4 tablespoons pesto sauce (I used Classico Original Basil Pesto)
    • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoned breadcrumbs (I used whole wheat by 4C)
    • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated
    • ground black pepper


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
    2. 2
      Cover a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
    3. 3
      Place fish fillets on baking sheet and sprinkle with black pepper. No salt is needed as pesto and parmesan cheese are both pretty salty.
    4. 4
      In a small bowl, combine pesto, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese (hands or a fork will do).
    5. 5
      Divide the topping evenly over the fish fillets, spreading with your fingers and pressing into the fish.
    6. 6
      Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees, then switch to broil to crisp up the crust for the last 2-5 minutes.
    7. 7
      If the middle of the fillet flakes with a fork and is completely opaque, it's time to dig in!
    8. 8
      Serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice pilaf for a healthy dinner.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 25, 2012


      Love that this recipe easily adapts itself to any serving size. In my case, a serving for one. Delicious. :)

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    • on March 07, 2012

      Very tasty. I'll definitely keep this recipe. A great way to dress up tilapia.

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    • on December 29, 2011


      Fish bait...that's all this is good for. It hooks 'em in!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pesto Crusted Tilapia

    Serving Size: 1 (178 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 195.6
    Calories from Fat 35
    Total Fat 3.9 g
    Saturated Fat 1.5 g
    Cholesterol 87.3 mg
    Sodium 225.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 35.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    pesto sauce

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