I’m continuing my partnership with Dish on Fish this month to bring you this quick and easy dinner recipe: Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia. It’s nutty, savory, satisfying, and the perfect dinner to celebrate National Seafood Month!
October is National Seafood Month and I’m celebrating again with Dish on Fish, an initiative of the National Fisheries institute to encourage Americans to eat more fish. As a dietitian and lover of seafood, I’m all about this initiative. Seafood is chock full of health benefits – see my post on why you should eat more seafood for more on that – and cooks quickly and easily, making it perfect for a weeknight dinner.
If you aren’t a huge fan of fish, tilapia is a great place to start. It’s very mild in flavor, so it doesn’t taste “fishy,” and it takes on bold flavors like the sage and pecans in this dish! And if you’re new to cooking fish or are intimidated by it, this recipe is a great place to start for you, too. Tilapia is flaky and cooks quickly, so it’s hard to mess up.
This recipe is inspired by one of the most popular recipes on my blog: Almond Crusted Tilapia. Although I love the crunch that almonds bring to the mix, I wanted something with more of a fall flair. Swapping the almonds for pecans brings a toasty, buttery flavor to the mix, and adding earthy, fragrant fresh sage to anything instantly makes me think of fall. The result is a more savory, earthy nut-crusted tilapia that feels like comfort food but is still quick and easy to make. And for my gluten free friends, this recipe also happens to be gluten free!
Just mix ground flaxseed with finely chopped pecans and sage for the crunchy crust and dredge your tilapia fillets in the mixture.
Next, cook the tilapia until it’s flaky and tender – just 3-4 minutes on each side! Don’t stress if some of the pecans fall off when you transfer the tilapia to the pan. Just press down on the tilapia with a spatula while it’s cooking, and the pecans will form a crunchy crust!
Once all the fish is cooked, toast up some larger pecan pieces in the same pan. They absorb all the flavor and toasty bits left in the pan and add extra crunch when sprinkled on top of everything! So good – toasted nuts are the BEST.
To round out the meal, I love serving this dish with quinoa or brown rice and roasted veggies. Quick, easy, filling, and so delicious! Here’s the full recipe:
Want more easy seafood recipes? Here are some of my favorites!
- Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies
- Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp
- Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa
- Salmon Brown Rice Cakes with Fresh Salsa
- Salmon with Lemon Mustard Dill Sauce
- Lemon and Herb Fish
- Peanut Noodles with Tilapia
- Sheet Pan Asian Salmon with Veggies
What’s your favorite easy weeknight fish recipe?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Dish on Fish. The opinions and text are all mine.