Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce

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Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce
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Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce - #fish #recipe #eatwell101 - Light and delicious, made in 25 min, all in one pan!
Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce - #fish #recipe #eatwell101 - Light and delicious, made in 25 min, all in one pan!
Pan-Seared Tilapia in Tomato Basil Sauce - #fish #recipe #eatwell101 - 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 white fish dinner with 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

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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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 and rice, or cauliflower rice, or zucchini noodles. Enjoy! ♥︎


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  • Cookie

    2023-08-26 17:56:07

    Absolutely delicious! In summer I make up several batches of the sauce with the garden's bounty to freeze, and we can enjoy this dish all year. It's so quick to make with the sauce already prepared. One of our absolute favorite fish dinners.

  • Lolee T

    2022-01-18 23:38:08

    This was a hit!!! My family loved it. The tilapia was so tender -almost like it got poached in butter & oil.

  • Nichole J

    2021-04-09 23:01:50

    This was absolutely delicious. We didn’t have jalapeño but otherwise made as is. Served it with quinoa and a spinach strawberry salad.

  • Lesli

    2021-03-28 21:06:26

    So good! I made it nice and spicy!

  • Tonya

    2021-03-04 20:40:49

    This is a good recipe. I added a few spices for my tastes, and it was delicious.

  • Jessica T.

    2021-01-12 10:33:49

    First time making this recipe and it was absolutely delicious! Will most definitely be making this more often

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