Tilapia with Cilantro Pesto (Tilapia a la Plancha con Pesto de Cilantro)

Grilled Tilapia with Cilantro Pesto
Pescado a la Plancha is a popular dish in Colombia and is my mom’s favorite way to eat fish. The cilantro Pesto can be used with many kinds of fish. I love it with tilapia, salmon, cod, trout, sea bass and sword fish. Just pick your favorite and enjoy it!




  • FISH
  • 4 Tilapia fillets
  • 5 tablespoons lime juice
  • Salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 3 cups fresh cilantro
  • 1/3 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup olive oil


  1. Add the cilantro, pine nuts, garlic to a food processor. Puree, add the cheese and process. With the food processor running add the olive oil. Process until combined.
  2. Directions (FISH)
  3. Place the fillets in a dish and pour the lime juice over the fish, cover and refrigerate. Let the fish marinate for 30 minutes. Add salt and pepper
  4. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat and sauté the fish approximately 4 minutes on each side. Serve immediately with cilantro pesto on top.
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  1. says

    That fish with pesto looks light and delicious! Are those fried potatoes on the upper portion of the plate? That would be great for a meal after a long day at the beach. :)

  2. Erica says

    Hi Sapuche,
    Those are papas criollas or Andean potatoes.
    for more info look the ingredients sources link.

    Thank you!

  3. Katherine says

    Those are actually fried sweet plantains on the upper portion of the plate.
    But I do agree that this dish does look yummy. Trying it out tonight!

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