Panko Crusted Tilapia with a Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce + Giveaway

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Prep Time
12 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
32 mins
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A seasoned Tilapia fillet lightly crusted with panko crumbs and topped off with a healthy fresh tomato basil sauce. 

So if you follow me on instagram… {which p.s. if you don’t you total should because I give sneak peaks of recipes and lots of adorable pictures of my little man} then you would know that I was super pumped about this month’s edition of All You Magazine. Why? Because first off, it is spring so I knew there was going to be lots of adorable pictures of all things SPRING related… and it always has some awesome healthy AND budget conscious recipes.

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Did you know that this edition has over 127 recipes, projects and fun ideas for spring? Um… who doesn’t want that! Let me say that a different way.. if you don’t want that you may need to rethink things! 🙂

Panco Crusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce #fish #fresh #healthy #ad #lifeforless #pmedia

Anywho, while my mom was in town over Cason’s birthday we went to Kroger to prep for the party and of course we had to walk past the magazine shelf before check out.

There it was.. All You… sitting in all its magazine glory. Ok, a little over dramatic but needless to say I gave into temptation and threw it in the cart! Andd…… in case your wondering, you don’t have to go to a Kroger like me to get this magazine… it’s now sold Nation Wide… happy dance!

Panco Crusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce #fish #fresh #healthy #ad #lifeforless #pmedia

Best part was… I had a coupon… double score so it made the purchase even better. {psstt… you can have a coupon too if you click here for $1 off of All you Magazine, while supplies last}

After salivating over most of the recipes as well as looking at the pictures thinking… “why didn’t I think of that?” I finally decided on a recipe that I needed to try! It was the Sautéed Fish Fillet, light, simple and delicious! I made a few changes to fit our own taste {like using Tilapia instead of Flounder} but the outcome was still glorious!  All in all this recipe is a total repeat meal, its healthy and budget savvy. I can’t wait to try a few more recipes from this edition.. I have my eye on a Lemon Ginger Bundt Cake Recipe … yeah… can’t wait to try that one…yum!

Looking to save more money on groceries, go to the bottom of this post to win a $50 gift card to Kroger!

Panco Crusted Tilapia with Tomato Basil Sauce #fish #fresh #healthy #ad #lifeforless #pmedia

The original recipe for Sautéed Fish Fillets was included in the April All You issue, slight modifications were made to this recipe and are included in the notes section of the recipe or signified by a “*” sign.

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Panko Crusted Tilapia with Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce + Giveaway

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 12 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 20 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 32 mins
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Seafood, Clean Eating, Gluten Free
  • method Method: Stovetop
  • cuisine Cuisine: American


A seasoned Tilapia fillet lightly crusted with panko crumbs and topped off with a healthy fresh tomato basil sauce. 



  • 3 olive oil
  • *4 tilapia filets, about 1 1/2 lbs. total {instead of flounder}
  • *1/2 cup of panko crumbs
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halves
  • *1/2 cup of finely chopped basil {instead of parsley}
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained and rinsed


  1. Warm, 1 Tablespoon of olive in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Pat fish dry and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Next add to 1/2 cup of panco to a bowl.
  4. Add fish to the the panko bowl and lightly crust both sides of the fish.
  5. Cook half of the tilapia filets, turning once, until opaque and lightly browned. {4-6 minutes total}
  6. Transfer those filets to a plate and tent with tin foil to keep warm.
  7. Repeat with 1 tablespoon of oil and the other 2 filets.
  8. Add remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil to skillet.
  9. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  10. Stir in cherry tomatoes, basil, and capers.
  11. Cook stirring, 3-4 minutes, or until tomatoes are soft.
  12. Season with salt & pepper, spoon tomato basil mixture over fish!


** I used tilapia instead of flounder because I like the taste better.
** I also added 1/2 cup of panko crumbs for a crust to add texture to the dish, while the original recipe does not require the panco.
** Lastly, I substituted basil for parsley.

Keywords: easy healthy meals, pan fried tilapia, breaded tilapia

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30 Responses
  1. Dianne

    We have discovered Swai and started using it in place of Tilapia, it’s lovely. I plan on using this in your recipe. 🙂

  2. Kelly

    This looks delicious Krista! I love fish especially tilapia and salmon and am always looking for new ways to make them. I love the panko crust on these and the cherry basil tomatoes sound incredible – pinning! Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend 🙂

    1. Krista

      Ohh… salmon is next on my list to make. I’m thinking its grill time for that though! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the recipe girl!

  3. Chris @ Shared Appetite

    So cool that we both worked on this campaign together! Love the modifications you made to this recipe. The panko crust is perfect!

    1. Krista

      I know right! 😉 I saw those tatochos you did, they looked absolutely killer! A total game day food, perfect with a nice cold beer. This tilapia is a little more danty than your manly nachos… hehe. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Chris!

  4. Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    I love tilapia and crusting with panko is one of my favorites. Your plate looks so fresh and delicious! I’ll have to check out the All You! magazine.

  5. Deb@ Cooking on the Front Burner

    Great looking recipe Krista! I’m married to a fisherman but don’t eat fish but I do cook it for him and I know he would love this one! Pinning and stumbled

    1. Krista

      How in the world do you not eat fish, especially with a fisherman for a husband. Crazy girl! 🙂 Thanks for the pin and stumble girl, hope your hubbie likes it!

  6. min

    I fell in love with this recipe the moment I saw it on instagram! I love to coat everything and anything in panko. Thank you for sharing and I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend! He is risen!!

    1. Krista

      Oh… so excited that you liked it Min, means alot coming from a dietician. 🙂 We had a great Easter weekend, great service, fun easter egg hunt and time with family. Couldn’t ask for anything more! He is risen indeed! 🙂

  7. Jodee Weiland

    This looks so delicious and healthy! I love finding new ways to make fish, and this recipe looks so full of flavor. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Krista

      Thanks Jodee! It had alot more flavor than what I thought it would, seriously delicious and so stinking easy! Glad you enjoyed it!

  8. Louisa [Living Lou]

    Love how crispy the panko would make the tilapia! What a great idea, I’m going to have to give this a try. I love my fish to have a nice crispy sear and the panko would make it that much crispier!

    1. Krista

      I’m the same Louisa, food is about having different textures for me so the panco was perfect for this! 🙂 Glad you liked it girl!

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