TILAPIA WITH CILANTRO PESTO (TILAPIA A LA PLANCHA CON PESTO DE CILANTRO)

by Erica Dinho on April 4, 2009

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!

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Ingredients

(4 SERVINGS)

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

Directions

  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 ~Carole April 4, 2009 at 1:11 PM

This looks fantastic! I love cilantro and fish. Can’t wait to try it.

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2 Erica April 5, 2009 at 10:44 AM

Thank you Carole!

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3 Sapuche April 12, 2009 at 1:35 AM

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. :)

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4 Erica April 12, 2009 at 8:19 AM

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

Thank you!

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5 Sophie April 28, 2009 at 10:05 AM

MMMMMM…está delicioso !!!! Muy rico!!!yum!

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6 OysterCulture June 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM

What a great idea substituting the basil for the cilantro.

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7 Sophie March 13, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I made this fish for lunch today and my family loved it. It was delicious and easy to make. Thanks!

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8 Katherine March 14, 2010 at 12:02 PM

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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9 Renee May 20, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Is there a substitue for the pine nuts?

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10 Erica May 20, 2010 at 3:18 PM

Renee- You can omit the pine nuts or use other kind of nuts!

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11 Renee May 20, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Thanks!
Another question, where can I find Criolla potatoes?

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12 Erica May 20, 2010 at 4:01 PM

Renee- I buy them frozen at the Latin market!

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13 Wendy July 16, 2011 at 9:54 PM

What other nuts would you suggest.
. Thanks

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14 Sujey October 28, 2011 at 2:51 PM

Pescado con pesto

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