Gather the ingredients for making basil pesto tilapia. Then read the about the tips here.
Place 4 to 5 quarts of water in a stock pot on high heat.
Lay out the tilapia on a paper towel and pat the fish to absorb excess moisture.
Season the fish with salt and pepper.
Flour the fish top and bottom, and shake off excess. Let fish rest in the flour five to ten minutes.
Whip eggs while you are waiting for the floured fish to rest.
Egg batter the fish, and let the fish rest two to three minutes in the egg. The dredge the fish back in flour a second time.
After dredging fish for the second time in flour, let the fish set for two to three minutes before beginning to pan fry.
When water boils add the pasta and cook according to package directions.
Add enough oil to a cast iron frying to submerse the fish half way. Place burner on medium heat. When the temperature of the oil is between 325 and 350 degrees, add fish to frying pan.
Cook the fish unit golden brown on each side.
When noodles are done, strain the noodles but do not rinse.
Add noodles back to stock pot immediately and add the basil pesto sauce. Mix the basil pesto into the noodles throughly.
Plate the noodles in a bowl and set over the top the fried tilapia.
Basil Pesto Tilapia
Amount Per Serving
Calories 731Calories from Fat 342
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 38g58%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 19g
Total Carbohydrates 66g22%
Dietary Fiber 4g16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Chef Tips: Making great Basil Pesto Tilapia
This restaurant quality meal is very simple to make. The key is to make everything precisely the way described in this article. Please read carefully about the crucial steps I discussed above before diving into the recipe. Also using homemade basil pesto sauce with these additional tips will go a very long way toward making your meal even more delicious. Try to time everything to come together at the end. Boil the pasta while the fish is frying. If someone can help you they can strain the pasta while you are finishing the fish. Add the basil pesto sauce to the top of the fish, use the remainder basil pesto sauce in the pasta, plate and serve while its warm. We love this recipe and we hope that you enjoy it too.
Be sure to use a stock pot that is large enough to boil the noodles, its best too use lots of water (5-6 quarts) in a stock pot that has a heavy bottom. I use a stainless steel stock pot for making noodles. I avoid using nonstick stock pots for recipes that don't need them. It saves on their wear. Aside from that cooking food on high heat can damage nonstick pots.