Tomato Walnut Tilapia Recipe
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Tomato Walnut Tilapia Recipe

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Tomato, bread crumbs and crunchy walnuts dress up tilapia fillets in this favorite recipe. I serve it with cooked julienne carrots and green beans. —Phyl Broich-Wessling, Garner, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 tilapia fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 205 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 265mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook fillets in butter over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side or until lightly browned.
  2. Transfer fish to a broiler pan or baking sheet; top with tomato.
  3. Combine the topping ingredients; spoon over the tops.
  4. Broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until topping is lightly browned and fish flakes easily with a fork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tomato Walnut Tilapia in Light & Tasty April/May 2007, p57

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 246535
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2016

"Like another reviewer mentioned, I baked the fish instead of browning them in a skillet. I put them in for about 8 minutes at 425deg. Then took them out, added the topping, and put them back in on broil. We really liked the walnut topping but I had trouble actually keeping it on top of the fish. I'm not sure the tomato added much to the flavor. I also just sprinkled some pepper and salt on, without measurement, but it wasn't enough salt (I'll need to pay more attention next time). We loved the little bit of lemon juice, it added a good flavor. For the soft bread crumbs, I used Italian bread crumbs, so I think that helped add some flavor too. Overall a decent tilapia dish, but not my favorite."

xlsalbums User ID: 5254917 245997
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2016 Edited Mar. 31, 2016

"tasty and easy!!"

abashu User ID: 6784654 241851
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"I really liked this, I like the flavor of the tomatoes with the fish was really good and I love nuts so I really liked that addition."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 225368
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2015

"Really delicious and super easy. I used pecans since that's what I had on hand. Would even make for company."

ebramkamp User ID: 702841 224476
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2015

"My husband and I love tilapia and I serve it at least once a week. It's an inexpensive fish that actually tastes good if it has been frozen unlike many other types of fish. The only change I made to this recipe was I used macadamia nuts in lieu of walnuts as that is what I had. This fish was flavorful and moist."

Bakerj User ID: 4200567 95956
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"This is a very tasty recipe and I will certainly make it again."

maverickamy User ID: 2228039 165580
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2012

"Yes, this is good. I left out the salt, it truly doesn't need it if you are using breadcrumbs, and the lemon juice adds that "just right" flavor. I didn't salt our fish fillets and the flavor didn't suffer. Also I used a non-stick skillet used to cook the fish in the first cooking stage and reduced the amount of butter from a Tablespoon to a 1/2 teaspoon. Then I transferred it to a broiler-style pan to finish the oven work."

esheelagh User ID: 2886768 164157
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2011

"Delicious, even better with halibut instead of tilapia."

scrapo User ID: 2908723 121015
Reviewed Apr. 15, 2011

"Very good! I took some other suggestions and baked it in the oven. Also added a small amount of parmesan cheese to the topping."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 169003
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"This was very good. I baked it in the oven with everything on it and it turned out very good. I love the crunch the walnuts give it."

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