Tilapia with Basil Oil and Fresh Summer Salsa Recipe

Tilapia is a great fish and usually very reasonable. You can try incorporating it in your meals every one in a while. It’s a great source of protein and is good for keeping a well-balanced diet.  Our recipe makes it light yet still full of flavor. It can be served with any number sides (pasta, couscous, rice, ect.) or can also be served over a bed of greens, just dress the greens with some of the basil oil.

Tilapia with Basil Oil and Fresh Summer Salsa Recipe

How To Make Tilapia with Basil Oil and Fresh Summer Salsa

A simple pan-fried tilapia is topped with a flavorful basil oil before finishing it off with an interesting salsa sauce.

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 30 mins


Basil Oil

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 1 cup basil
  • 1 clove garlic


  • 2 tbsp. fresh basil
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • ½ cup Roma tomato, diced
  • ½ cup mango, diced
  • ½ cup corn
  • ½ cup avocado, diced
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. jalapeno pepper, diced


  • 4 tilapia fillets, about 1 1/2 lbs.
  • ½ tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


Basil Oil:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix carefully.
  2. Set in the refrigerator until the fish is ready to be served.


  1. In a blender or food processor, add 1 cup basil, 1/2 cup olive oil, garlic clove, salt and lime juice and zest.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. The color should be a bright green.


  1. In a hot skillet or frying pan, add 2 tbsp. olive oil.
  2. Season the tilapia on both sides with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the fillets to the pan and cook about 3-5 minutes one side until golden brown and turn over and cook another 2-3 minutes until the fish is cooked just through but not over cooked.
  4. Transfer the tilapia to a plate and spoon the basil oil over the top and around the plate.
  5. Top the fish with the fresh salsa.
  6. Serve immediately.


  • Sugar: 5g
  • :
  • Calcium: 49mg
  • Calories: 540kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 12g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Fat: 40g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Iron: 2mg
  • Potassium: 808mg
  • Protein: 36g
  • Saturated Fat: 6g
  • Sodium: 862mg
  • Vitamin A: 1267IU
  • Vitamin C: 23mg
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