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Tilapia with Citrus Basil Pesto


  • 4 (4oz) tilapia fillets, patted dry
  • 1c fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4c toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2c fresh parmesan cheese, grated
  • zest of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • zest and juice of 1/2 an orange
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil


  1. In a food processor or blender, combine basil leaves, pine nuts, parmesan, zests, juices, and garlic. Process or blend until smooth. Taste and add salt and pepper as desired (I used about 1/4-1/2tsp of each). Set sauce aside.
  2. Salt and pepper the tilapia. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle pan with olive oil (could also use butter or nonstick spray). Cook tilapia on one side 3-4 minutes or until golden. Flip and cook 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  3. Serve with pesto sauce.