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