Pistachio Crusted Tilapia

Sweet Lime Pistachio Tilapia

After spending an amazing weekend with the California Farm Water Coalition touring farms throughout the Coachella Valley I returned home with a large over-flowing box of food!

One of the contents in that box was a bag of pistachios the coalition had gifted us when the weekend began from their friends at Pioneer Gold Pistachios.

I decided to quickly put those delicious pistachios to good use!

Gluten Free Pistachio Basil Tilapia

I chose to use sweet limes that I picked myself at Seaview Farms to coat some fresh, flakey tilapia, then crust the fish in the crushed pistachios with fresh basil.  While the recipe was simple, it was totally packed with flavor and so delicious!

Pistachio Basil Tilapia Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh tilapia
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 sweet lime (or lemon)
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Begin by sprinkling the salt and pepper on both sides of the tilapia.

Seasoned Tilapia

Next, squeeze the sweet lime over each piece of fish, flipping and covering completely.

Sweet Lime Soaked Tilapia

Allow to marinate in the juice while preparing the pistachio crumb mix.

Place the pistachios and basil into a small food processor and blend.

Pistachio Basil Crust

Place the mixture in a shallow bowl then coat each side of the tilapia.

Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia

Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, then add the tilapia to the skillet.

Pistachio Crusted Cast Iron Skillet Tilapia

Be sure the skillet is not too hot or the crust will burn before the fish is cooked through.

Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish is light white and flakey.

Pistachio Basil Tilapia

Garnish with extra sweet limes and basil (if so desired)!

Paleo Pistachio Basil Tilapia

Serve as the main dish with fresh veggies for a gluten-free and paleo dinner.

Paleo Lemon Basil Tilapia

Or serve on top of Three Cheese Basil Raviolis with Kale Pesto, like I did!

Pistachio Basil Tilapia with Kale Pesto Ravioli

Either way, this dish is seriously scrumptious!

Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia

♦ Gluten Free Option: This recipe is gluten-free.

♠ Paleo Option: This recipe is paleo.

Pistachio Basil Crusted Tilapia

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Pistachio Basil Crusted Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 1 lb fresh tilapia
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 sweet lime (or lemon)
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. Begin by sprinkling the salt and pepper on both sides of the tilapia.
  2. Next, squeeze the sweet lime over each piece of fish, flipping and covering completely.
  3. Allow to marinate in the juice while preparing the pistachio crumb mix.
  4. Place the pistachios and basil into a small food processor and blend.
  5. Place the mixture in a shallow bowl then coat each side of the tilapia.
  6. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium heat, then add the tilapia to the skillet.
  7. Be sure the skillet is not too hot or the crust will burn before the fish is cooked through.
  8. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the fish is light white and flakey.
  9. Garnish with extra sweet limes and basil (if so desired)!
  10. Serve as the main dish with fresh veggies for a gluten-free and paleo dinner.
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