Baked Tilapia With Spinach Pecan Pesto

fish fillet with pesto
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Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
765 Calories
80g Fat
9g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 765
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 80g 103%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Protein 8g
Calcium 295mg 23%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The spinach pesto makes a delicious topping for these tilapia fillets. The pesto is easy to fix with help from a food processor. Pecans provide texture while Parmesan cheese and garlic flavor the pesto. If you have extra pesto, serve it on the side or freeze it for another meal.


Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to 400 F.

  2. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking pan or shallow casserole.

  3. In a food processor, pulse about half of the spinach leaves with 1/4 cup olive oil, pecan halves, Parmesan cheese, garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon salt until the mixture is a fine consistency.

  4. Arrange remaining spinach leaves over the bottom of the baking dish.

  5. Place a tilapia fillet on the bed of spinach and put about 1 tablespoon of the pesto mixture on the fillet.

  6. Spread lightly to cover most of the fillet.

  7. Repeat with remaining fillets and pesto, overlapping fish slightly as needed.

  8. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

  9. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until tilapia flakes easily with a fork.

Serve with hot cooked rice or pasta.