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I’ve always said that I don’t eat fish, so clearly I’m here today to bring you a delicious Pesto Tilapia. And I’m serious, it’s delicious. But! I will deny it if you tell my husband. He will then think he has to make me eat even more seafood, and I still just can’t do it. I really do hate it. I wish I didn’t, and I am trying to like seafood, but so far this is the only fish recipe of my own to make it on the site.

In fact, I was kind of chuckling to myself the other day that I even have a seafood section on the site here. I mean, there’s like one recipe in there. You don’t have to be a genius to figure out my preferred tastes there do ya. And this all got me thinking, I love food, and people know that, but there’s a ton we don’t know about each other. SOOOOO, I think we should chat.

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  2. I played the flute and piccolo from ages 10-19, and then I stopped and I haven’t played since. It’s one of my biggest regrets ever. I wish I’d gone ahead and studied music in school like I had always planned until my senior year of high school
  3. I have a fear of falling and knocking my teeth out. True story. I pinch my mouth closed when walking down stairs etc as if it’s actually going to protect them or something.
  4. I worked on a proposal for the World Health Organization for Breast Feeding and it was accepted. This was concerning the under 5 mortality rate, helping to teach women to breastfeed, teach others to breastfeed, and keep a working system in place where women in the village meet together often and help other women succeed in caring for their infants.
  5. I sleep on the right side of my bed, always have and always will. My husband thinks it’s ridiculous that I can’t sleep on the left side, but it’s fact, I can’t.

Is Tilapia Good For You?

Tilapia is probably not as heart-healthy as fatty fish like salmon because of its low omega-3 levels.

But, Tilapia is a very good source of protein.

A 3.5 ounces serving of tilapia has 26 grams of protein and only 128 calories.

Tilapia is also rich in niacin, vitamin B12, phosphorus, selenium and potassium.

What Is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce made of crushed basil leaves, pine nuts, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil.

It is served with pasta or as a dip or sauce.

How Long Will Pesto Keep?

Homemade pesto will keep for up to 7 days in the refrigerator.

Pesto can also be frozen for up to 4 months.

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Lean Pesto Tilapia

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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
This lean pesto tilapia is healthy and delicious.


  • 2 Tilapia Filets we use frozen from Costco
  • 1/2 Cup Prepared Pesto


  • Heat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Drizzle the pesto evenly over each filet of fish.
  • Place in a lightly greased baking dish and bake for 25-35 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or garlic quinoa.


You can actually bake these filets frozen. No need to even let them defrost if you don't have time, though you may want to add a few extra minutes onto the baking time.
Cover and store left overs in the refrigerator for up to 3 days
Nutrition Facts
Lean Pesto Tilapia
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 332
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 10.1mg3%
Carbohydrates 3.6g1%
Fiber 1.6g7%
Sugar 0.6g1%
Protein 6.1g12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I stumbled upon your website when I was googling how to cook the tilapia I had just bought on sale. So glad I did. This was delicious!

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    • Yay! I’m so glad! Thanks Jennifer!

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  • Your cooking times differ. It initially says cooking time: 20 minutes. But in your instructions it says 30-35 minutes. Which cooking time would be best? I am rather inexperienced and don’t want to ruin my fish!

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    • oh shoot~ I don’t know why it went back to 20 minutes. Ours usually needs about 30 minutes so I’d stick with that.

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  • I made this last night, and it was great! So simple and surprisingly tasty for only 2 ingredients! Just a note – your recipe calls for 2 fillets, but says it serves 4, and that each serving is 1 fillet. I cut the recipe in half anyway since I was cooking for 2, but just wanted to let you know. This was wonderful!

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  • Easy, healthy, AND delicious?! Sounds like an excellent combination for a week night dinner! My family loves fish, but I don’t. I depend on easy fish recipes to make them things they will enjoy because I won’t even taste it!

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    • ugh, I hate when I can smell the fish. That’s why tilapia is good, it really doesn’t smell to me.

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  • You sold it? I still have mine, but it got dropped hard once after high school and has this huge nasty dent in it. So I have to get a new one to really pick it back up, too. One day I’ll make Brent buy me one for Christmas or something. 😉

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  • I’m not even a fan of seafood, but I still think this look amazing! I love how satisfying this looks 🙂

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  • Oh, so glad to see someone else who LOVES food and loves to cook, also doesn’t like seafood! And, like you, I try it whenever I get the chance, still waiting for the love. I’ll have to try this recipe. My hubby loves seafood, and somehow, so do my kids. Don’t know how that happened. Thanks for the recipe!

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    • I totally understand. My kids love it too!

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  • My boyfriend loves tilapia but I never know what to do with it. This is such a great idea!

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  • I’m totally going to start calling you Carr now!! 🙂

    I actually love seafood, but don’t make it at home often enough. I definitely need to try this one!

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  • I love that you love tilapia! My favorite “at home” fish. We lightly spread mayo on each side (no-fat mayo works ok but not quite as good as regular) then we each choose our favorite seasoning…hubby likes Creole, my sister likes dill, and I like lemon-pepper with dill. Put it on a grill pan or table top grill, and cook…yummm!

    Things people don’t know about me: I can’t quite bring myself to do Asian…I’m very intimidated. I buy the ingredients, then they just sit there on the shelf. I’m OCD…I hear a song and I “tap out” the beat for hours afterwards. I LOVE to be a “need meeter”..helping people with things, without others knowing about it. I used to take piano and voice, and like you, I SO regret stopping. Teacher moved but I should have pursued it. And, I’ve always wanted to own a restaurant!

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  • I cook a lot with fish, mainly with salmon, halibut, black cod. Never really cooked tilapia (I know it sounds strange :)). So, that’s why I am pinning this recipe! 🙂

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    • Julia, I can’t do salmon yet, but maybe halibut! And take note, I just created a new tilapia recipe that should go live in a few weeks. OH MY HEAVENS. I’m officially obsessed.

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  • Carrian! I totally haven’t played my flute since about 19 too! And it is also a huge regret in my life. I still have the desire to pick it up again. We’ll see…

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    • Waaaahhhh! I sold mine in college. So dumb!

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  • I’m trying to eat more fish so I’m going to have to try this recipe it sounds so good!

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  • Loved reading the 5 things about you! Tilapia is one of my favorites and I like that you used pesto.

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  • This tilapia looks AMAZING! I used to be seafood-wary too, but tilapia was definitely one of those crossover food that helped me make the transition. This pesto sounds so yummy.

    And I used to play flute/piccolo too! Ha, we should duet sometime… 😉

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  • I love tilapia but rarely cook it. This looks and sounds amazing!

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  • simple and delicious. I’m on bored with this meal!

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  • This is so simple and yet so good and healthy!

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  • I love this meal!!! So cool about the breast feeding proposal!!

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  • This is so funny that you hate fish! Ha, well at least you like this one! I love reading the 5 things about you! Pretty cool about the breast cancer one!

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  • Absolutely LOVE tilapia and this looks so fresh and yummy!

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