Lemon Pesto Baked Tilapia

Lemon Pesto Baked Tilapia via elisebakes 
I’m a pescatarian, but I rarely eat seafood – mostly because I really don’t care for that fishy taste.  OOh, but I do love a good beer-battered fish fry.   I’m from Wisconsin, so that’s second nature!  Regardless, this just may be the best way I have ever eaten fish.  My husband and I were both ooh-ing and ahh-ing  throughout dinner.  It was juicy and tender, with a hint of lemon and pesto.  The breadcrumbs on top added a slight crunch that gave it just the right amount of added texture.  The only change I would make for next time is to up the pesto for a total of 2 tsp to give it a little more of a pesto flavor.

Lemon Pesto Baked Tilapia via elisebakesLemon Pesto Baked Tilapia via elisebakes

Lemon Pesto Baked Tilapia:

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2 tsp pesto
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp Italian style breadcrumbs
  • pinch salt and pepper
  1. Mix everything (except the fillets) together in a small bowl.
  2. Turn oven to broil and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
  3. Broil fillets for 2 minutes, then flip them and broil for an additional 2 minutes.  The flipping is much easier with a spatula.  Flip them again, and spread the lemon-pesto mixture over the top, sprinkle with additional Italian breadcrumbs if desired (I highly recommend this to add texture).
  4. Broil for 2-3 minutes, or until fish is cooked and flakes apart nicely.

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