By Mama's Kitchen (Hope) on March 07, 2008
Photo by FLKeysJen
Photo by FLKeysJen
"Looking for something impressive but oh so easy? This simple and delicious dish would make a great 'date night' dinner or even doubled for a dinner party. Tilapia is a really mild fish without that 'fishy' taste making this a great recipe for people who do not like fish and a wonderful meal for those who do! Pesto and tomatoes are so lovely and aromatic together and roasting allows the flavors to intensify. What a simple way to create an incredibly delicious dish. In order to soak up every delicious drop I would serve this over a simple rice like my Perfect Basic White Rice or serve it with a good crusty bread. Adding a simple green salad and a wonderful bottle of wine would make this meal totally rock! I would serve it with Chateau Ste Michele Dry Riesling. I found this recipe on http://ellysaysopa.com/2008/03/03/fish-for-people-who-dont-like-fish/ Of course I did change up a few things that I thought would make it even better. My mouth was watering so much when I read this recipe that I had to share it with you as fast as I could! If you try this before I get to the store and am able to make it please let me know what you think! After Breezermom's helpful comment I edited the directions for the pesto and lemon juice so the pesto is not runny. Thanks breezer!"
Serving Size: 1 (91 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 5
"I'd give this TEN stars if I could!!! OMG was it good!! And I'm NOT a fish eater! So that outta tell ya! After reading the directions though, I made it a little easier. I put 3 fillets in a sprayed 13x9 dish, (salted and peppered the fish on both sides, and placed them in the dish.) I squirted lemon juice on them, then topped them generously with pesto. I then decided to top them with grated asiago cheese, a nice amount also. Then I just chopped the tomatoes, tossed them with EVOO, garlic, s & p. And topped them with that. Then sprinkled them with sliced black olives and popped them into the oven. They baked at 425 for 13 minutes and were perfectly done and very juicy! Then garnished them with lemon slices. WAHLAH! :) AWESOME!!!!! Made for the ZWT4"
"WOW! This was VERY easy, quick and delicious. I served it with herbed rice and a salad. The pesto mixture was yummy! It was a HIT with my husband and son!"
"Excellent fish recipe. The pesto was a wonderful addition. I also really loved the roasted tomatoes and garlic. Yummy! I was confused with the directions at one part - I wasn't sure on step 4 if I was putting the lemons/fish onto the same pan as the tomatoes and also roasting the tomatoes another 10 minutes (20 min. total?). That is what I did, and it seemed to work just fine. Thanks for posting! Made for Cookbook Tag game in the Cooking Tag Games forum."
"this was one of the best recipe and very easy to follow - you can never go wrong with these bursting flavors. Only thing I added was to have sides of asparagas and green beans, which I also marinated in bit of pesto, Olive oil, grated garlic... and also put them in the oven while cooking the fish... yummmy... is what every one said..."
"Very tasty. I also used swai & it turned out well."
"Very easy. Excellent flavor, especially if you like pesto and lemon. We had swai on hand -- and it worked well. For people who don't like tomatoes, you could leave them out as they don't affect the flavor of the fish, but are a nice complement for those who do. As others recommended, we only used 1/2 the lemon juice."
"This was delicious! I kept taking a bite with the tomatoes and a bite without, and just couldn't decide which I prefered! I will cut the amount of lemon juice mixed with the pesto next time...it wouldn't stick to the fish because it was so runny. But then again, my lemon was large, so maybe that was it. I will try this with other types of fish! Thanks so much for posting this wonderful recipe! Made for Healthy Choices tag 2008."
"I was very impressed by this recipe! The lemon juice added to the pesto gave the fish a wonderful flavor. I love the tip of using the lemon wedges to prop the fish up out of the juices! I added zucchini to the tomatoes since they are in season and it worked great. Thank you for this simple and deliciuos recipe!"
"Very good. I only used the juice of 1/2 of a lemon. I love lemon juice but I wanted the pesto paste to be thicker so it wouldnâ€™t run off the fish, and I didn't want the lemon to drown out the flavor of the pesto. I made things a little easier for myself by using a broiler pan. I roasted the tomatoes then placed the fish on the top rack and placed it on top of the pan and returned both to the oven. I'm planning on trying this with boneless skinless chicken breast next, thanks for sharing."
"This was so simple and delicious. My husband said it even blew away the popular and expensive chain restaurant fish we recently tried. Thanks for sharing."
"This is wonderful. I happened to read someone's review of this (don't know who) and realized I had all the ingredients. In fact, I only had two tilapia fillets so it was perfect! The tomatoes seemed to just explode in my mouth and were the perfect foil to the pesto. Really wonderful."
"Wow, this was one terrific recipe! We made this over the weekend for a light dinner with a Greek Salad and it was just terrific! My husband couldn't get enough and even my 8 year old enjoyed it. Thanks for posting, this is wonderful :) Made for ZWT 4"
"my boyfriend & i both thought this recipe was just okay. i dont know if it was the tilapia (we've never had that type) or what but it was a bit bland & i'm thinking we just prefer our fish without a heavy sauce...i'm giving 4 stars because i forgot to serve with the tomato & garlic & that might have made the difference. made for zwt4."
"Very easy and soooo good! I used mediterranean pesto that has capers, black olives, sun dry tomatoes, garlic and anchovies. I will make again I loved the flavors. I served with recipe #241407 and recipe #167576. Made for ZWT 4."
"A resounding FIVE STARS. I like that this is so easy...wonderful flavors with a small number of fresh ingredients. This has a strong lemon flavor so if you're not a gung-ho lemon lover (I am) you may want to cut back to the juice of half a lemon. I substituted grouper due to availability which to me has a stronger flavor than tilapia, and the garlic and lemon cut down the "fishiness"; this recipe would be great with any white fish."