Pecan Tilapia and Baked Brussels

Pecan tilapia with baked brusselsI guess this falls under the realm of easy weeknight dinners, because it's quick, delicious, and healthy enough that you could totally eat this often. The secret to making this dish extra flavorful is fresh garlic!

You thought I was going to say citrus, didn't you. I always say citrus. I'm a citrus freak. But this time it's all about the fresh garlic and pecans.Easy, fast and healthy week night dinner ideasIf you're not a brussels sprout fan or if you find they are not in season, try a different roasted veggie on the side, like asparagus or beets. If you want to make this meal extra hearty, you you could serve the fish along side mashed potatoes or risotto.Easy week night dinner ideasPecan Tilapia and Baked Brussels, serves two.

2 Tilapia fillets
1/2 tablespoon butter
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 cup pecans

1/2 cup whole brussels spouts
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lemonThe best baked brussels sproutsFirst get the brussels going because they will probably take a little longer to bake than the fish will to cook. And we are pro home cooks, so we know how to time things right. 🙂

Cut the sprouts in half and toss them in two tablespoons olive oil. Place them cut side down on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with a little sea salt. Bake at 400°F for 12-18 minutes. That's quite a range of time but this really depends on your preference. I like my sprouts blackened on one side. Mmmm! If you've never tried this, I highly recommend you do. But if you prefer your sprouts less cooked, simply leave them in the oven for less time.Crushed pecansNext it's time to make the fish. First mince the garlic and set aside. In a food processor (or really good blender) finely chop the pecans. Prepare three plates, one with flour, one with the egg whisked in with a tablespoon water, and the last plate is for the chopped pecans. Season your fillets with salt and pepper. Dip each fillet in the flour (coating both sides) then in the egg and finally dip it in the pecans. Set the prepared fish aside.How to make pecan encrusted tilapiaIn a large pan heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat until melted, and the butter begins to brown. Cook the garlic for 1-2 minutes, until it begins to become very fragrant. Now lay in the tilapia fillets and reduce to heat to medium/low. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes. Remove to a plate and be sure to scoop out any leftover garlic butter bits to lay on top of the fillets.Healthy dinner ideasServe with a few lemon wedges. That's right! You know I had to get some citrus in there. 🙂 A little lemon juice is just perfect over brussels and fish. Enjoy! xo. Emma

P.S. As you can see I paired a little red wine with this meal. Mostly because it's what I had on hand. But I've been really wanting to learn more about wine pairing. Sounds fancy and fun! What about you, is that something you'd be interested in?

  • Thanks so much for this recipe! My boyfriend and I loved how easy AND delicious it was.

  • Ohhhh muh gosh this sounds delicious AND really does sound easy to make.


  • Emma, thanks for showing us your brussel sprouts recepies! I absolutely love them. Today I tried those baked halfs and my taste buds screamed with pleasure. So easy, so healthy, so yummy!

  • Oh my God, I have to try this. It looks and sounds delicious from

  • I made this last night and the whole family loooooooved it. It was deemed Company-Worthy and all the kids asked for it to be put on the repeat menu. So delicious. We didn’t have brussels sprouts but did have broccoli on hand, so I roasted it instead – yum. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

  • I just bought food processor today and coincidentally read this post! I’m so gonna try this with my very first time using food processor!

  • In general, white wine goes better with fish, reds with darker meat like steak. Since you’re a pescaterian I’d recommend keeping more dry whites on hand, but hell, drink what tastes good lady!

  • Looks delicious!!! Deff something I’ll try to make. “Try” beong a key word:))
    xo mia

  • I’ve never tried baking brussels, I do that exact prep but then saute them 5 minutes cut side down, 5 minutes flipped with a finish of shaved parm… I highly recommend, I got the recipe from Heidi’s 101 Cookbooks and have never done anything else. However, I am dying to try this, it sounds easier and I too love a blackened b. sprout!

  • Good idea, I bet you could switch the flour for flax seed, if you want to go gluten free!

  • Oh my goodness! I saw this earlier today and just made it for dinner, except with sweet potatoes. Thanks for sharing Emma! What a nice, light and fresh spring dinner 🙂 Love it.

  • OOh this looks incredible, can’t wait to try it out!

  • I do not eat fish, but those baked brussel sprouts look perfect! I’ll totally give those a try!

    Juliette Laura

  • Ooh, I’ve been looking for new ways to cook fish, so this is perfectly timed! I generally don’t have pecans at home, but I’d love to try it with almonds or walnuts.

  • Mmmm yummy! Not keen on the sprouts though haha!

    Lulu xx

  • Yum, this looks sooo good! I definitely have to try to make it!

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  • That’s super cool! Thanks for blogging about this.

  • The seasoning looks so yummy!

    Seaside Beauty

  • This looks delish! I can’t wait to try! It would definitely be awesome with asparagus too! 🙂 thanks for sharing this recipe!

  • This looks so wonderful. Something different and super healthy! Love it.

  • I’m definitely trying this recipe!

    ♥ Naomi {Starry Eyes + Coffee Cups}

  • I’m not a big fan of brussels sprouts, but i’ve never had baked ones! I’d love to try it out some time.

  • Looks really delicious and above all healthy ! Thanks for sharing

    XX Luba

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  • So light and delicious, Emma! Thank you.

  • Oh my goodness, this sounds so yummy and healthy!

    Jillian –

  • It looks and sounds delicious… I will definitely try this recipe and maybe pair it with a crispy and ‘citrusy’ sauvignon blanc or a buttery californian chardonnay. thanks for the recipe!

  • Pecan Tilapia sounds delicious! Definitely trying this tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

  • I have yet to find a sprout recipe I actually like but I’m determined to find one! The combination here looks delicious, so this may just be it. Thanks for sharing!

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  • This looks so delicious and healthy! I bet the soft fish with the crunchy outside makes for one tasty meal 🙂

    xo Charlie

  • I love tilapia and brussels sprouts! This sounds like a winning combination, and that pecan crust looks divine.


  • Brussels Sprouts are a favorite. We finally planted some in the garden this year, can’t wait to see the results *fingers crossed*).

  • Looks great!! I’d go with a light Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio though 🙂

  • Yum I LOVE brussles sprouts… will definitely be giving this recipe a sample. Thanks for sharing!

  • It’s great when things can be easy and healthy. My husband dislikes fish, but maybe I can coax him this recipe, looks delish!

  • I love this recipe, it looks amazing! My husband and I have been eating fish more often – can’t wait to try out this new idea!

    xx Ashleigh

  • Wow! This looks delicious and super healthy. Love finding new simple recipes that are healthy. Trying to eat healthier.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    xo Quinn

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