Baked Tilapia with Arugula and Pecan Pesto Recipe -
Baked Tilapia with Arugula and Pecan Pesto Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Baked Tilapia with Arugula and Pecan Pesto

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"Having lived in the culinary paradise known as Vietnam for a few years has inspired me to experiment with a variety of Asian fusion dishes; this is one of my favorites. Most of these ingredients are abundant in the US as well as in Vietnam. This unique pesto gives the Tilapia a tantalizing flavor. Hope you enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking pan.
  2. Combine 3 cups arugula, garlic, pecans, olive oil, 1/4 CUP Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, black pepper, and lemon juice in a blender and blend until it reaches the consistency of a pesto sauce.
  3. Spread 1/2 cup arugula on the prepared baking pan. Place the tilapia fillets on the arugula. Spread the remaining pesto generously on top of fillets. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese on the pesto.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until fish flakes easily, about 20 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 31, 2008

Well, this helped me learn that bf does indeed like tilapia! LOL. I had a hard time finding arugula, which surprised me. After all that, I'm not sure if it was just bad quality arugula or if I just can't tell the difference, bc it just tasted like spinach to me. I had probably 2 cups total, but that was plenty to cover 4 small filets. I used the food processor bc I don't have a blender. Bf said it was "weird, but good" so we can make it again. Thanks for the recipe and the idea--I think basil or sundried tomato pesto would be awesome on tilapia.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 22, 2010

20 minutes to bake a tilapia fillet is waaaay too long. Your fish will be overcooked. I recommend about 8 to 10 minutes in a pre-heated oven.


9 Ratings

Jan 19, 2011

Delicious! I used 1/2 arugula and 1/2 baby spinach. So healthy and really yummy!

Dec 29, 2009

Great Recipe. I used baby spinach instead of argula and it turned out awesome.

Feb 11, 2011

Served this to my in-laws who don't eat fish very often and they loved it. My husband gave it an "A" rating The pesto part could get a little strong on the garlic but we liked it that way.

Apr 04, 2008

This is good, but it seems to be missing something. Salt, maybe? I was hoping for a little more flavor. The arugula did end up tasting like spinach and it overpowered the other ingredients.

Jan 02, 2013

This was so good it inspired me to try growing arugula in my own garden!


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  • Calories
  • 490 kcal
  • 25%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 3.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 89 mg
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 29.7 g
  • 46%
  • Fiber
  • 1.8 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 51 g
  • 102%
  • Sodium
  • 282 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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