I'm not a big fan of Tilapia. I find that it often tastes like dirt to me. It's one of those fish that I tend to mostly buy when I find a recipe that catches my eye but Walmart often has sales on frozen individually packaged Tilapia fillets. A great deal makes it one that's nice to buy when it's on sale to save for a night when you need a meat dish that you haven't made over and over for weeks.
I adapted this recipe just a bit from one I found on the Tastefully Simple website. It's a very simple dish that my husband and son actually ate, which was kind of surprising since they're both really annoyingly picky about a lot of foods.
This is all you need (aside from some side dish action) to make this delicious dish!
• 4 tilapia fillets
• 3-4 T. Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix
• 3/4 cup bread crumbs
• 2 T. olive oil
• juice of 1 lemon
Preheat oven to 375°. Arrange tilapia fillets in 9"x13" baking pan that's been lightly greased with cooking spray. Sprinkle each fillet with Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix. Spread bread crumbs over each fillet. Drizzle each with about 1/2 tablespoon of oil anda generous lemon juice. Bake at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Notes: I used an olive oil cooking spray. With the seasoning may want to go lighter or heavier handed depending on how strong you like your pesto flavor, I used 3 here but next time will use 4. Don't have any Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix? Substitute another seasoning blend or sauce that you like with tilapia such as premade basil pesto (I like the one in the deli area at Walmart) or an olive tapenade. The original recipe calls for a LOT of bread crumbs, it was way too much so I went with only about 3/4 cup and I used plain instead of seasoned so the pesto mix would be the star. You could really use either.
Ready to bake.
Serving suggestions... I went with herb and butter rice and green beans but this would be great with garlic mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus too.
Up close and personal!
For the sake of legalities, I have to note that I am a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. The Tastefully Simple products I featured here in my recipe can be purchased through my website if you'd like to try them in your version of it.