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Citrus Lime Crusted Tilapia with Honey Balsamic Drizzle

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This breaded tilapia recipe, oh gosh, I had better just come out and say it, was ridiculously delicious. That’s right, shut the front door, hold the phone, stop the papers, I not only liked a seafood dish (see Pesto Tilapia to understand why this is a big deal.) I blasted loved it. I just had to hone my inner Savannah Shaw to make it happen. So, if you are a seafood lover, you’re really going to love this, and if you’re a seafood hater, well brace yourself because like me (a die hard hater) you’re about to fall in love.

Savannah and I have been friends for a long time. We met because our soon to be husbands were good friends which of course meant that we just had to meet. I instantly adored her, but was also totally intimidated by her (I get to be honest because we are more like family than just friends, so I have to just admit it). This girl is gorgeous, tall, and a totally hot bod (oh my goodness she is going to kill me). She’s way athletic, and even ran in college, super smart to the point that you could just listen to her for hours, but mostly she is waaaaay humble, kind, generous and thoughtful. And the best part? The more you get to know her the better she gets, and you get better just by knowing her. Now her husband on the other hand… just kiddin’ Dal, you da best. 😉

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Anyway, Savannah is always introducing me to new things, and while she will never admit it, in fact I don’t even know if she knows it, but she’s an amazing cook. Like, seriously awesome. I have to laugh a little as I write this because she’ll have us to dinner, whip something up off the top of her head and then say, “Well, I just kinda threw things together so it wont be anything amazing.” And then you eat it. It’s flipping amazing. And the girl just whipped it up. I swear that her sweet potatoes and grilled steaks even taste better than anyone else’s. How does she do it?! And guess what? Like another friend of mine says, “There’s no need to get jealous over other’s talents, you’re lucky enough to be in their life and we all learn from each other and become better”. TRUTH. 

Citrus Lime breaded Tilapia #healthy #recipe #seafood ohsweetbasil.com

So other than making me a better human being what has Savannah taught me? She’s taught me about fish. UUUGGHHHH I can’t believe I’m turning to the dark side! It’s your fault, lady! Savannah and Dallin make delicious seafood. It’s the only time I’ve walked away from a seafood dish and felt happy. So, Mr Handsome has been requesting Tilapia lately and I just didn’t think I could do it, but I remembered the sauce our favorite people made and decided to wing it.

Citrus Lime breaded Tilapia #healthy #recipe #seafood ohsweetbasil.com

This tilapia is simple. I found this gluten free breading that is the bomb diggity. Yes, I just said that. It’s from Tall Papa and I know you’ll just die, but you can only buy it online. I’m totally going to find a way to get it into stores though. Anyway, we used the citrus lime breading and no, this isn’t a review, but this stuff is amazing. We made chicken nuggets for the girls one night too, and I couldn’t stop popping them in my mouth! So, we breaded the frozen, yep you don’t even have to defrost the Kirkland (bought at Costco) frozen Tilapia, drizzled with olive oil and baked it for 30 min. Meanwhile I whisked up Veganaise (yes, buy it at your local store,Follow Your Heart is the brand and it’s tastes different than mayo so just trust me), Sue Bee honey (it’s just plain ol’ delicious honey) and Pompeian balsamic vinegar which I drizzled over everything. Then we ate, and died of the pleasure party in our mouths. Oh gosh, I’ve become one of those silly descriptive bloggers, or was I already…?

Is Tilapia an Ocean Fish?

Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow streams, ponds, rivers, and lakes.

Is Tilapia Healthier Than Salmon?

Tilapia is not as heart-healthy as salmon, but it is certainly not unhealthy.

Tilapia is a white-fleshed freshwater fish that’s mild in flavor.

It’s relatively low in calories, and rich in protein.

Is Lime Good For You?

Limes are acidic and they help saliva break down food for better digestion.

Some of its health benefits include weight loss, improved digestion, reduced respiratory and urinary disorders, relief from constipation, treatment of scurvy, piles, peptic ulcer, gout, and gums.

In addition, lime can be very useful when it comes to caring for the skin as well as the eyes.

Citrus Lime Crusted Tilapia with Honey Balsamic Drizzle

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Citrus Lime Crusted Tilapia with Honey Balsamic Drizzle

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Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 38 minutes
Servings: 3 -4 filets
This tilapia is simple and ridiculously delicious.


  • 3-4 Tilapia Filets
  • 1 Cup Citrus Lime Gluten Free Breadcrumbs from Tallpapa.com
  • Olive Oil
  • Spinach for serving

For the Drizzle

  • 1/2 Cup Vegenaise
  • 2 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar plus 1 Teaspoon


  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray an 8x9" baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a shallow dish, add the breadcrumbs and lay each filet on top.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumbs all over the top and press down, do not shake off excess.
  • Place each filet, carefully in the baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes if frozen or 12-15 if defrosted.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk together the vegenaise, honey and balsamic vinegar. Sometimes we adjust the amount of vinegar according to our like for the day.
  • Set aside.
  • Remove the fish from the oven and serve over a bed of spinach, and top with the honey balsamic drizzle.


We purchase our tilapia from Costco in the frozen section. It's the Kirkland brand and we do not defrost it before baking. If you want to defrost it just cut the baking time in half.
Tallpapa is not sold in stores, but it is 100% worth ordering online. Plus it's a fantastic gluten free option.
Cover left overs and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Nutrition Facts
Citrus Lime Crusted Tilapia with Honey Balsamic Drizzle
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 303mg13%
Potassium 527mg15%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 19mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cade and Carrian have three children and love to spend time together whether it’s vacationing or snuggled up on the couch for a good movie.

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  • I know it’s low in fat but why isn’t that on the nutritional info??

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    • I’m so sorry about that! We’ve had some troubles with our nutrition calculator. I will look into it!

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  • Can you use just plain mayo instead of the veganise?

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    • Yes, for sure

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  • Have you used the frozen mussel meat now available for any recipes? It’s inexpensive no shells to bother with and nutritionally one of the best seafoods.

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  • I just checked the tallpapa site and they don’t tell you how much you get for $20; pretty expensive and out of my range. Will have to figure out another way to make this

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  • we love fish/seafood ourselves and will have to try this. Sending it to my granddaughter who has Celiac. Perfect for her. Thanks

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  • For the longest time I didn’t like fish, but just recently I have jumped on the tilapia train. I love this drizzle on top!!!

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  • I’m definitely intrigued by the gluten-free breading!

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  • I am definitely not a seafood person, but this dish looks amazing!! I’d try it…maybe 😉

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  • I’d love to eat more seafood but I’m still a bit funny about it but I can imagine wolfing down a plate of these they look incredible I am going to have to try this recipe

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  • Tilapia is one of the few fish I can eat. I’ll definitely try this!

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  • Garsh! Everything I know in the kitchen comes from YOU! with just a little sprinkling from my mom and dad. One day I’ll have a blog to write an ode to your wonderousness lady. YOU are flippin amazing 🙂 and I’m so grateful to have you in my life and learn from you. Love you!

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    • mwah! Love you!! So grateful for you. Now come visit.

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  • I want Honey Balsamic Drizzle on everything!

    And it was great to meet you! 🙂

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  • I will definetly make this! I always have the Tilapia from Costc Thank you.

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  • This looks incredible. I’m always on the hunt for new fish and chicken recipes!!

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    • I wish they sold this breading everywhere. I need to recreate it.

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  • I’m glad you decided you like some seafood. It’s so good! And that tilapia looks freaking delicious. I love crunchified fish! Mmmm! One of my favorite ways to make tilapia or flounder.

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    • what’s flounder like? Fishy?

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  • That fish looks so good and I like the sound of that drizzle!

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    • not gonna lie, that was hands down my favorite part. It’s totally delicious.

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  • My boyfriend just brought a pound of tilapia home to-night and I was like “Um… what the heck do you expect me to do with this fish!?”. This is perfect!!!

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  • This looks really good! I’m always looking for new ways to make fish. Totally have to try this. I freaking love Savannah! She is a good friend of mine and you described her perfectly! She is amazing! Thanks for sharing all the great recipes!! 🙂

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    • isn’t she the best person ever, ever, ever? In all the years I’ve known her she’s never said anything mean. Such a genuine person

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  • My husband loves seafood, it just doens’t love him, haha! I love this tilapia recipe!

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    • hahahahahaha!! Best comment of the day

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  • I love Tilapia! What a great recipe!

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    • I’m learning to!

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  • True (and sad) story – I have never had talapia before. I know, right!! But if I’m gonna try it -THIS Is how I’m gonna make it! Gorgeous.

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    • If you’d said that to me last month I would have told you that seafood tastes like poop, but I’m happy to say, this was so blasted delicIOUS! I guess people were right!

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  • This looks awesome! I have been looking for more Tilapia recipes 🙂 I cant wait to try this one

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  • Sign me up! I love seafood and am always looking for new ways to prepare it. This is going on the weekly menu!

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    • I’m going to love seafood, someday

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  • I love seafood but my husband hates it. This recipe could be a game changer!

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  • Oh my family will be excited. I, like you, do not love seafood. My kids and hubby LOVE it though. I’m the bad mom/wife that never makes it. I did buy this tilapia from Costco last week. Hopefully I can find all of these ingredients to make this. Looks yummy.

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  • I think I just found tonight’s dinner!

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  • We eat seafood a couple times a week…cannot wait to try this recipe!

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  • I love a good tilapia…I love any seafood, really. Love this, lady!

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  • I adore seafood, but don’t make it at home often enough. This sounds wonderful!!

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  • This looks so good!! That coasting is killing me!

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  • My husband HATES seafood. Seriously, he wont eat ANYTHING from the water. NOTHING. EVER.
    I wonder, just wonder if the would even TRY this?? If not…pfft, more for me!

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