Crispy Oven-Baked Tilapia with Lemon-Tomato Fettuccine

Crispy Oven-Baked Tilapia with Lemon-Tomato Fettuccine Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett
This is a quick and easy tilapia recipe that your entire family will love. According to one online reviewer, "Love it! This is a great recipe! I've made it twice in one week."


Makes 4 servings

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 33 Minutes
Total: 33 Minutes


2 lemons
1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 teaspoon paprika
4 (4-oz.) tilapia fillets
2 teaspoons salt, divided
6 tablespoons butter, melted
1 (16-oz.) package spinach fettuccine
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped sweet onion
4 garlic cloves, pressed
1 (14.5-oz.) can petite-diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons drained capers
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil


1. Preheat oven 425°. Grate zest from lemons to equal 4 tsp. Cut lemons in half; squeeze juice from lemons into a measuring cup to equal 2 Tbsp. Combine panko, paprika, and 2 tsp. lemon zest in a shallow dish. Sprinkle fish with 1 tsp. salt. Dip fish in 1/4 cup melted butter; dredge in panko mixture, pressing panko to adhere. Place fish on a lightly greased rack in an aluminum foil-lined broiler pan. Drizzle remaining 2 Tbsp. melted butter over fish. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.

2. Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion, and sauté 5 to 6 minutes or until golden. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes, and cook 5 to 6 minutes or until tomato mixture begins to thicken. Stir in 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. capers, and remaining 2 tsp. lemon zest and 1 tsp. salt; cook 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat, and toss with hot cooked pasta, feta cheese, and basil. Serve with fish.


September 2011
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