Cornmeal Dusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce

Fish is not something I prepare very often and I’ve really been working to change that. Now that summer is just around the corner (hopefully), I’ve been starting to think of ways to incorporate fish on at least a weekly basis. This dish will be perfect for that, especially since it uses two fantastic summertime items.

The kids loved this too. I think it helped that the fish looked like a chicken dish. In fact, they didn’t even realize it was fish until we told them.

I used tilapia since that is what we had on hand. (Those big bags of frozen tilapia from Sam’s Club are a great deal!) However, I’m sure you could replace that with any other delicate white fish and get equally fantastic flavor.


Cornmeal Dusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce

For the sauce:

  • 2 large, ripe tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • Handful fresh basil leaves, cut in chiffonade or torn into small strips
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1/2 t. black pepper

1. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until ready to use. Can be made up to 24 hours ahead.

For Fish

  • 6 tilapia fillets, about 1 pound
  • 1 c. cornmeal seasoned to taste with salt & pepper
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1/2 lemon or 2 T. lemon juice

1. Lightly cover both sides of tilapia fillets with seasoned cornmeal.

2. In a large skillet, melt butter. Cook tilapia in melted butter, 3 minutes per side.

3. Place fish on plates and squeeze lemon over the top. Add tomato basil sauce on top to that. Enjoy!

3 thoughts on “Cornmeal Dusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce

  1. That looks yummy! I am going to have to check out those fish bags at Sams!! Getting a pound of tilapia at Meijer when it is on sale for $3.50/lb just doesn’t seem like a good price and it just doesn’t go very far for my family. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

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