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Tomato Basil Tilapia Recipe

Updated on January 14, 2015

So Easy Even I Can Cook It

This is a quick and easy fish recipe to deal with too many tomatoes or a basil explosion in the herb garden.

It's healthy -- olive oil, fish, and veggies -- tasty, and extremely flexible and forgiving of ingredient proportions.

This makes it ideal for those of us who are better gardeners than we are cooks.

(right) When my basil plant is taller than my serving table, it's time to make this recipe.

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 3


  • 2 -4 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1 pound light fish (tilapia or flounder for example)
  • 20 fresh basil leaves
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp virgin olive oil
  • Rock salt
  • fresh-ground pepper
  • Optional: half a squeezed lemon or dab of white wine
  • Optional: 2 tsp shredded Parmesan cheese


  1. Slice all the garlic and half the tomatoes so some of the juice comes out. Mix them with oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice and wine in large skillet. Set to medium high heat. Stir.
  2. Tear basil leaves into pieces. Add the basil once the above concoction is bubbling nicely and tomatoes and garlic have begun to cook.
  3. Now add the fish, flipping to coat both sides in oil.
  4. Put a lid on the skillet. Turn pan down to medium heat and cook for 10-12 minutes until fish flakes easily. Sprinkle parmesan at the end.
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Or Bake It in the Oven

While I prefer stovetop and skillet, this recipe works just as well baked in a pan in the oven. Preheat to 425° F and bake at 400.

Cook tomatoes, garlic, oil and seasoning for 10 minutes. Then add fish and cook for another 10-12 minutes.


Play Around with This Recipe

You just about can't go wrong with this recipe as long as you stick to the theme.

Sometimes I throw in oregano and/or chives, since they tend to overrun my garden as well. Also, as sharp-eyed observers will note, I actually used plum tomatoes, not cherry tomatoes. But cherry tomatoes are more widely available.

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