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Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cashew Crusted Basil Tilapia with Spinach

Cashew Crusted Basil Tilapia with Spinach
(6 servings)

~1.3 lb boneless, skinless tilapia
2 handfuls raw cashews
~3 oz spinach
~10 large leaves fresh basil, divided, roughly chopped
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream (or, for a vegan variety, use Tofutti's Better Than Sour Cream non-hydrogenated)
juice of 1/2 lemon
4 cloves garlic, divided, minced
3 tsp olive oil

Preheat your oven to 375 F.

Take your tilapia and cut into single serving portions (about 1/2 a filet) laying them out into an 11x15 in baking pan.

Take 2 handfuls raw cashews and "chop" them in the food processor in small chunks. Remove to a side bowl. If there is cashew "dust", leave that in the processor.

Into the dusty processor, add sour cream, lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, and 5 leaves of fresh basil. Process until smooth.

Heat 3 tsp olive oil in a skillet over medium low heat. Mince the 2 remaining cloves of garlic and brown. Add ~3 oz spinach (unchopped) and about 5 large leaves of basil (roughly chopped). Cook until wilted (2-4 min), stirring gently. Remove from heat.

Spread sour cream blend over the fish evenly.

Lay the spinach over the spread fish evenly.

Sprinkly chopped cashews over top all.

Bake for 28 minutes.

This is simply delicious! The fish came out so flakey and smooth, the whole dish was rich and a real treasure for the tongue. So easy to make and so, so good. Go on! Have a peace!


  1. This looks so delicious. I will try it
    And congratulations on your story (and belatedly on your movie, and who knows what else).
    ps = it sounds like you are busy but if you have time a recipe index would be a great addition.

  2. Hi, Bridget. Yes. I've been meaning to put together a recipe index. I'm trying to figure out how at the moment - haha. As soon as I do, it will be up. Thanks for your interest! In the meanwhile, you can use the search bar at the bottom of the page to look for specific recipes rather than scrolling through. Hopefully an update is coming soon! :)

  3. This looks delish. (I'd like the index too)

  4. I prepared a reheat of this for my roommate and myself the other day with my Green Bean Chip recipe, altered to use lemon juice, garlic powder, and olive oil and it went beautifully with the tilapia. Enjoy!