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Za’atar and Sesame Crusted Tilapia
with cumin roasted carrots and cauliflower

Active: 40 min Total: 40 min
Crusted and baked fish always gets great reviews from our community members' kitchens. This version is different than those we've featured in the past, using light tilapia as a base and the unique spice from za'atar in the crust.
Smarts: Za’atar already contains sesame seeds, but add extra to form a nice crisp and flavorful crust on the tilapia.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Za’atar and Sesame Crusted Tilapia:
  • Parsley, curly-leaf - 1 Tbsp, chopped
  • Butter - 3 Tbsp
  • Za'atar - 1 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1 tsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Sesame seeds, white - 2 Tbsp
  • Foil - for cooking
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
  • Tilapia - 1 lb (sub any white fish)
Cumin Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower:
  • Carrots - 1 lb, sliced
  • Cauliflower - 1 lb, florets
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Cumin, ground - 1/2 tsp
  • Paprika - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp

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Prep

  1. Carrots / Cauliflower - Prep as directed and combine. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Parsley - Chop parsley. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make crust - Melt butter in the microwave (~1 minute should do). Mix butter with za’atar, mustard, honey, sesame seeds, and parsley.

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Make

  1. Heat oven to 400F / 204C.
  2. Toss carrots and cauliflower with olive oil, cumin, paprika, and salt. Spread out on a sheet pan. Roast, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until carrots are tender, 35 to 40 minutes.
  3. When vegetables have about 12 minutes left to roast, line a second sheet pan with foil and brush with cooking oil. Rinse and dry tilapia and place on sheet pan. Season lightly with some salt and pepper. Spoon crust on top. Bake tilapia until cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.
  4. Serve tilapia with vegetables on the side. Enjoy!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (59)
Gluten-free (6)
Paleo (8)
Vegetarian (17)

26 reviews

So easy and fast to prepare

By: Thais
Posted: Sep 05, 2019
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The fish was so good. I loved this meal!

By: Catherine
Posted: Jul 30, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Loved this, though I added quite a bit of salt and pepper, and ate double the amount of fish.

By: Jenna
Posted: Jul 24, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Sauce was good all-purpose sauce. Not sure if the za'atar added much to the roasted veggies. Seemed like we should have marinated the garbanzo beans? overall pretty basic but good.

By: Caroline
Posted: Jun 11, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I really liked the carrots and chick peas. The fish needed more flavor.

By: Laurie
Posted: May 19, 2018
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Really enjoyed this, the sauce was great with the flavors!

By: Chris
Posted: May 08, 2018
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful