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Tomato Walnut Tilapia

Tomato, bread crumbs and crunchy walnuts dress up pan 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


  • 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


  • Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper. In a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook fillets in butter over medium-high heat until lightly browned, 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Transfer fish to a broiler pan or baking sheet; top with tomato.Combine topping ingredients; spoon over the tomato slices.
  • Broil 3-4 in. from the heat until topping is lightly browned and fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 2-3 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet: 202 calories, 10g fat (4g saturated fat), 67mg cholesterol, 251mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 23g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1/2 starch.
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  • Hal
    Jan 30, 2019

    I added about a quarter cup parmesan in addition to using panko crumbs for topping. Gives the texture and flavor a nice kick!

  • klabelle9
    Jan 17, 2018

    No comment left

  • PrplMonky5
    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
    Mar 25, 2016

    tasty and easy!!

  • abashu
    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
    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
    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
    Mar 6, 2013

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

  • maverickamy
    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
    Jul 20, 2011

    Delicious, even better with halibut instead of tilapia.