Sweet Chili Glazed and Walnut Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Asparagus

Hey everybody, I am so excited to be enjoying the week here in AZ with my family. My boys had the week off of school for “ski week” in CA, so what a perfect opportunity to visit home.

Before we left, I made this fabulous fish dinner and we all devoured it, even the kids loved it with a little side of ketchup. For some reason that I can’t quite put my finger on, I’ve been afraid of cooking and eating fish in the past, but I’ve decided to grow up and start experimenting more with it. I know how healthy it is for you and for heaven sakes it’s delicious! So, for any of you who have been like me and have been a little stand offish towards fish….don’t be. It cooks up in minutes and is so delicious, I can’t wait to make more of it. Hope you all enjoy!


Sweet Chili Glazed and Walnut Crusted Tilapia with Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch of asparagus

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon kosher salt

¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

¼ teaspoon garlic salt

3 Tablespoons honey

¼ teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon warm water

¾ Cup Panko Bread Crumbs

½ Cup ground walnuts (I ground them in food processor)

½ teaspoon kosher salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

¼ teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

4 tilapia fillets

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1. Place asparagus onto a edge rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and garlic salt. Roast in oven for 12-15 minutes or until fork tender, turning half way through. Remove and keep warm.

2. Place the honey, chili powder and warm water in a small bowl; mix to combine. Place crumbs, walnuts, salt, chili powder and pepper into a shallow dish; mix to combine. Season both sides of tilapia fillets with pinches of salt and pepper. With a pastry brush, brush honey glaze on both sides of tilapia then press into crumb mix. Continue until all fillets are coated.

3. Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat. When hot place coated tilapia fillets into skillet; cook 2-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and fish flakes easy with a fork. Remove and serve warm.

4 servings

Have a great rest of your week, I’ll be enjoying AZ and will catch up with ya’ll early next week!!

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87 Responses
  1. Mary

    I made this minus the walnuts (cause I didn’t have any) and let me say…I don’t, well have always claimed, like fish. This is awesome! I loved it and my boyfriend loved it. He loves fish and he can’t quit going on about how good it is. It is so easy too! Thanks! I love your site.

  2. The Welkers

    I tried this recipe this evening and it was awesome! What am I talking about… every recipe I have tried of yours is amazing! Thank you for helping me to spice up my kitchen!

  3. Liz

    I love the combo of the honey, chili powder and walnuts. Can’t wait to try this out with my boys. They really like tilapia because it’s nice and mild. I like it because of it’s flavor, versatility and the fact that it’s raised in many parts of the world in a sustainable way.

  4. renae

    This looks so good! Sweet & spicy – yum! Maybe I could finally get my family to eat fish with me!
    I Finally caught you on Food Network this weekend…You were fantastic!!

  5. Katrina

    That sounds really good. I’ve been “forcing” myself to like fish lately, too. I used to ONLY like halibut, but have decided I like other white fish, too, like tilapia and now even salmon! That’s a big fishy step for me.
    Looks like a yummy dinner–even my boys will eat salmon.

  6. Laura

    I have got to try this, only with pecans (I have several pounds of them). I can’t wait. It’s the only fish I can eat, other than shrimp and scallops. I can’t wait. Thanks Laura

  7. Patsyk

    Jenny – it’s so funny we both made roasted asparagus! LOL! You are right, great minds do think alike! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love your seasoning for the fish… gonna have to give that a try. It must not be too spicy since your boys ate it, right?

    Enjoy your visit with the family!

  8. That Girl

    I KNEW it must be ski week! Yesterday at lunch, the hubs and I went to the museum quarter and it was SO crowded. Normally it’s empty on a Tuesday.

  9. skinnybovineskitchen

    confession: i’m afraid of fish, too. but my husband would pretty much love me if i made this. he used to eat tilapia all the time on his mission in the philippines. thanks for the recipe, jenny!

  10. Mary Ann

    Jenny- this looks absolutely fabulous. My whole family loves fish, especially tilapia. I can’t wait to try this!

  11. carol

    I’ll fess up-the last time I cooked tilapia I made a total mess of it….wasn’t the recipe…it was a definite user malfunction. I’ll keep my eye on the tilapia at the store and when I see some that looks really nice, I want to try your recipe….those words “sweet chili” jumped RIGHT out at me! ๐Ÿ™‚

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