Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia Recipe

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! 

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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.

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Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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.

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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!

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia Ingredients

Just mix ground flaxseed with finely chopped pecans and sage for the crunchy crust and dredge your tilapia fillets in the mixture.

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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!

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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.

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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:

Serves 4     adjust servings

Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

Prep Time 5 minutes Prep Time
Cook Time 10 minutes Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time


  • 1 cup roughly chopped pecans or
  • 1/4 cup ground flax meal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 4 tilapia filets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


1. Using a food processor or large knife, chop 1/2 cup of the pecans until very finely chopped. 
2. Combine the finely chopped pecans, flax meal, salt, and sage in a large, shallow dish. 
3. Press the tilapia filets into the pecan mixture to coat. 
4. Heat half of the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add two of the tilapia filets. Don't worry if the pecans don't stick - just push any larger pieces under the tilapia and press down firmly; they'll bind to the tilapia better as it cooks. 
5. Cook the tilapia for 3-4 minutes on each side, until the pecan mixture is fragrant and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Repeat this process with the remaining olive oil and two tilapia filets. 
6. Once all the tilapia is cooked, add the remaining 1/2 cup of roughly chopped pecans to the pan. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant. Sprinkle the toasted pecans on top of the tilapia and serve with quinoa and roasted veggies.


Sage & Pecan Crusted Tilapia

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  1. 1

    This is perfect! I NEVER know what to do with tilapia– it seems so boring, but my goodness, I would make this recipe in a heartbeat! I LOVE pecans!

  2. 3

    Now I’m craving fish!!

  3. 4
    Roadrunner says

    Looks super! And love tilapia! Thanks! Look forward to trying it.

  4. 6
    Kristen Millican says

    Pecan crusted fish is the best! Usually people use smaller pieces but I like how you used more of a larger chop. Well done.

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