Honey Sesame Tilapia

"This recipe was published in the food section of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Unfortunately, I can't give proper credit because after trying the recipe once, it went into our family favorites cookbook and I tossed the clipping. My kids all love it, and every guest who has tried it has asked me for the recipe. Note: The recipe calls for sesame sticks, which are a snack food, found in most grocery stores, health food stores and nut specialty shops. Please don't try using sesame seeds instead, as I suspect one reviewer has done, or your results may not be as wonderful. :o)"
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  • 6 tilapia fillets
  • 2 tablespoons tangy sweet mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 cups sesame sticks


  • Wash and pat dry tilapia.
  • In shallow bowl, mix together mustard, honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil.
  • Place sesame sticks in food processor and crush until it resembles coarse sand. Place in large shallow bowl.
  • Brush each tilapia fillet on both sides with honey-mustard mixture, then coat with crushed sesame sticks.
  • Place coated fish on a non-stick or lined baking tray and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.

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  1. jarednmaddy
    I made this for my husband, and he ate all three pieces of tilapia. He really liked the flavors (I added ginger and left off the sesame sticks because I couldn't find them) and thought it still felt light and healthy, but not too boring. I will definitely make this again for him, and I'll try to find the sesame sticks for next time!
  2. Mika G.
    We all really liked this fish. It had a really good flavor. The only thing is we were hoping it would be a little crispier. Other than that we loved it. My youngest son said "This is good. This is really, really good". That is a high compliment from him. Thanks for another great way to cook tilapia!
  3. loof751
    This was a very nice way to serve fish! My hubby is the fish-eater of our household and he gave it the thumbs-up and said he would like to have it again. I had to look around for the sesame sticks but finally found them in the salad-dressing area (where the melba toast and croutons were). This fish had a good flavor and I will make it again!
  4. FLKeysJen
    I want to be honest: we liked this but we didn't love it. Also, only about 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sesame seeds are needed so the rest were wasted. It is low fat, and quick and easy - would be even easier to coat in the seeds instead of crushing them first.
  5. jwinegar82
    Fantastic Flavor!! My Fiance and I made this twice in one week!



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