Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce

Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce

Light and delicious, made in 25 min, all in one pan!

With warm weather coming, it’s nice to have a meal that’s lighter and fresher but still satisfying. Made in 25 min from start to finish, this pan-seared tilapia recipe hits the sweet spot with its delicious tomato basil sauce. Serve this quick dinner with white rice and a glass of crisp white wine!

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Ingredients list for the Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce

For the Tilapia:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 and 1/2 pounds fresh tilapia, cut into 3 or 4 fillets
  • Salt and pepper
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For the Tomato Basil Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 small jalapeño, sliced
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

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Directions 

For the  Tomato Basil Sauce:

1. Heat oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add crushed red pepper flakes and garlic and saute for 1 minute, or until garlic is fragrant.

2. Add the cherry tomatoes and jalapeño and cook, stirring occasionally, until they’re soft and blistering, but still hold their shape, about 12 minutes. Add in the vegetable stock, stir, and allow the mixture to come to a light simmer.

3. Stir in the basil, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and cook for 2 minutes. Transfer the sauce into a large bowl and set aside for later

For the Tilapia:

1. Heat oil in the same pan over medium heat. Season both sides of fish with salt and pepper. Place tilapia fillets in the oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes on both side, until it’s cooked through.

2. Pour the tomato basil sauce over the fish and reheat quickly. Serve all at once at once with additional chopped basil. Enjoy! ♥︎

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