6 Recipes for Tasty Tilapia Pasta

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Fish and pasta are like two peas in a pod, but sometimes picking the right fish for the job can be difficult. Thanks to its mild taste, Tilapia makes your decision easy, acting as the perfect pairing for an assortment of pastas and sauces. Adding Fresh Tilapia from Mexico and Honduras  or Frozen Tilapia from Giant Eagle, HEB or Schwans will not only enrich the overall taste of your meal, but also provide much-needed protein to your diet. Long gone are the days where you scratch your head over adding chicken or shrimp to a pasta without knowing how it will end up. We’ve rounded up six recipes for you to try next time you’re craving some pasta.

Pan-Seared Lemon Tilapia with Parmesan Pasta

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If you’re looking for a light, cheesy and citrusy meal, look no further than this dish from AllRecipes. With a fresh fillet lightly seasoned with lemon juice and minimal other ingredients, not only is the entire meal easy to make, it’s also extremely delicious!

Ingredients for Tilapia:

  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni

  • 2 tbsp light olive oil

  • 2 Tilapia fillets

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano

  • 4 ounces elbow macaroni

  • 1 pinch dried basil

  • 1 pinch dried cilantro

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper

Ingredients for Pasta:

  • 1 tbsp light olive oil

  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1 tsp lemon juice

  • 1 pinch garlic powder

  • 1 pinch dried basil

  • 1 pinch dried oregano

  • 1 pinch dried cilantro (optional)

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil over medium heat, stir in the macaroni and return to a boil. Cook the macaroni until it is cooked through but still firm to the bite (al dente). Drain.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Prepare your Tilapia fillets by sprinkling them with a mix of lemon juice, oregano, basil, cilantro, salt and pepper and lay them in the heated skillet. Sear them for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, making sure the fish is golden brown on the outside.

  3. Return the macaroni to the saucepan. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil, Parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and a mix of garlic powder, basil, oregano, cilantro, salt and pepper. Serve the pasta with the Tilapia on top and enjoy!

Spicy Pasta With Tilapia

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Fresh, easy to prepare while being light and delicious? That’s what the commenters on this Food Network recipe had to say about their cooking and eating experience with this dish. This spicy, restaurant-quality dish promises to take your taste buds on an adventure.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound Tilapia fillets

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1/2 to 3/4 tsp red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, crushed by hand

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, plus more for topping

  • Kosher salt

  • 10 ounces multigrain spaghetti

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Instructions:

  1. Break the Tilapia into small chunks and shake it with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of garlic and a quarter teaspoon of red pepper flakes. After shaking well, cover the mixture and put into the refrigerator.

  2. Over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet. Toss in the rest of the garlic along with 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes. Stir for about 30 seconds or until the garlic gets soft. Pour in the wine and allow it to simmer until only half of it is left. Next, you need to add the tomatoes, 1/4 cup basil and 1/2 cup water. Bring all of this to a boil and let it cook for about 12 minutes or until the sauce is nice and thick.

  3. While the sauce is cooking, make pasta according to the directions on the package.

  4. As the pasta is finishing, add the tilapia into a skillet along with the tomatoes sauce and cook for about three minutes so the fish gets cooked just enough. Stir in a quarter cup of basil and parsley and season with salt. Drain the pasta and add it into the sauce.

Tilapia and Tomato Pasta

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If you or someone in your family isn’t 100% sold on fish just yet, this recipe by the Heart and Stroke Foundation is the perfect introduction. It’s a great way to include this mild fish into your diet as well as enjoy a healthy, family-friendly meal. Buon Appetito!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp canola oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes

  • 1 can diced tomatoes

  • 2 Tilapia fillets

  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 box whole wheat penne pasta

  • Fresh parsley leaves for garnish (if desired)

Instructions:

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large non-stick skillet. When hot, add in onion, garlic, parsley, oregano and hot pepper flakes. Cook until the onions are nice and soft (roughly 5 minutes).

  2. Add in tomatoes and bring the mixture to a simmer. Cook until sauce starts to thicken, which normally happens around the 10 minute mark.

  3. Season Tilapia with pepper and lay it into the tomato sauce. Cover and cook for about 8 minutes. The fillets should be opaque.

  4. In a separate pot, cook pasta in boiling water for about 10 minutes. Drain all water out and return the pasta to the pot. Mix in sauce, place into bowls, garnish with parsley and serve.

Tilapia Mediterranean over Angel Hair Pasta

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This is another tomato-based recipe, but instead of masking the taste of Tilapia, it uses it to its advantage. In fact, it’s the richness of tomato and flakiness of the fish really bring the whole meal together seamlessly. With the addition of cheese and citrus, you’ll definitely be adding this recipe to your list of favorites.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta

  • 2 cans (14 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil oregano and garlic, undrained

  • 1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 1⁄4 tsp dried oregano

  • 1⁄2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

  • 4(4 -6 ounce) Tilapia fillets

  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

  • 2⁄3 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

  • Chopped fresh parsley (to garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. While the oven is warming, cook pasta and drain.

  2. In a shallow baking dish add tomatoes, parsley, oregano and crushed pepper. Mix them all together.

  3. Place Tilapia fillets onto tomatoes, drizzle lemon juice on them and sprinkle feta overtop of that. Bake for about 12-14 minutes. The tomato sauce should be bubbly and the fish should be opaque. Serve on top of the pasta and garnish with parsley.

Creamy Tilapia Pasta

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If you’re looking for something a little more creamy, give this recipe by Just A Pinch a try. With a serving size of four and a relatively short prep time of 30 minutes, this is a perfect weekday dinner for the family. The hints of citrus and spice are balanced out by the butter and cream, allowing the flavors to complement one another rather than overwhelm you.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 an onion

  • 8-10 ounces of pasta (sea) shells

  • 2 Tilapia fillets (add an extra fillet if you would like a stronger fish taste)

  • Salt and pepper

  • Garlic

  • Parsley flakes

  • Red pepper flakes

  • 4 tbsp of butter

  • 2 tbsp of olive oil

  • Cilantro

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

  • Pinch orange zest & juice from orange

  • 2 tbsp of flour

  • 1 cup of milk

  • 1 cup of chicken broth

Instructions:

  1. Boil water and cook pasta until fully cooked (no white on the inside of the pasta). Drain then place back into the pot.

  2. Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet.

  3. Season Tilapia fillets with Garlic, Pepper, Parsley, Cilantro, lemon juice and orange zest and a squeeze of orange juice.

  4. Once fully seasoned, place the fillets into heated skillet and cook until the fish is fully cooked. It will be opaque on the inside as well as flaky. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

  5. One the fish is removed from the skillet, add in one tablespoon of butter. Sauté onions, garlic and a touch of red pepper (more if you want more of a kick) for about two minutes. You want the onions to be a little crunchy. Take them out of the skillet and set them aside in a different bowl or plate from the fish.

  6. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter along with one table spoon of olive oil in the skillet and mix in flour. Pour in milk and chicken broth and bring it to a boil. Wait until it gets thick. Once this is achieved, add in the onions and garlic from the previous step. Add garlic and parsley to taste in addition to salt and pepper.

  7. Pour the sauce onto the pasta, chop up the Tilapia and add it to the mix and cook for 1-2 minutes. Serve while warm.

Tilapia With Lemon Butter Sauce and Angel Hair Fresca

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We all know Tilapia and citrus go hand in hand. This recipe by Publix capitalizes on that and creates a unique and delicious pasta topped with a tasty and flavorful Tilapia fillet that will make even the pickiest of eaters happy.

Ingredients for Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley, coarsely chopped

  • 1 lemon

  • 1 1/2 lb Tilapia fillets (thawed or fresh)

  • 1 tsp seasoned salt

  • 4 tsp flour, divided

  • Large zip-top bag

  • 3 tbsp butter, divided

  • 1/4 cup white wine

Instructions for Tilapia with Lemon Butter Sauce:

  1. Over medium-high heat, preheat a large sauté pan.

  2. In a zip-lock bag, add seasoned salt and three teaspoons of flour. Shake well. Add the fillets to the bag and shake to coat them with the mixture.

  3. In the heated sauté pan, place one tablespoon of butter. Once it melts, add the fillets and cook for about three minutes on one side. Add one more tablespoon of butter in the middle of the pan and turn over fillets. Be sure to distribute the newly added butter under each of the fillets evenly. Cook for another three minutes or until golden brown.

  4. Pour in wine, add one more table spoon of butter and one teaspoon of flour. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into the pan and stir for a minute or two until the sauce thickens. Add in parsley and serve with the butter sauce over the Tilapia.

Ingredients for Angel Hair Fresca:

  • 8 oz angel hair pasta

  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto

Instructions for Angel Hair Fresca:

  1. Fill half of a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil over high heat. Add in the pasta and boil for 1 minute.

  2. After the minute passes, stir in broccoli and let that boil for about 4 minutes.

  3. Once the broccoli is tender, drain the pasta and put it back into the sauce pan. Add butter and let the heat from the pasta and pot melt is. Add tomato pesto to the pasta and toss it all together before serving it.

Tilapia is perfect for almost any sort of pasta dish you’re in the mood for, whether you’re craving something creamy and full-flavored or light and zesty. It’s up to you—let the sauce shine or make Tilapia the centerpiece of your meal. Either way, you’ll be sure to leave you family full and happy.

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