Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Salsa Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on February 27, 2011

Post image for Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Salsa Recipe Is it just me or does anyone else think it is ironic that the growing season for the majority of citrus here in the United States is winter? After all citrus just seems to be filled with sunshine. I am not complaining. In fact quite the contrary, there is nothing like a little citrus to brighten a cold dreary winter day!

Most people think of “winter food” as hearty stews and soups, warming casseroles and other recipes on the heavier side that stick to your ribs. While I love this type of food, I find that they also tend to stick to other places of the body as well, like the hips and thighs. {Sigh}

If you prefer not to gain a little “padding” during these cold winter months, try this bright, low fat, gluten free recipe that will not only bring a little sunshine to your dinner table but is also healthy, quick to prepare and economical as well.

Tilapia is a favorite fish in our house, it is a firm white fleshed fish that does not taste “fishy” and is very budget friendly. I crust my tilapia fillets with ground pistachios, bake for a few minutes (no added fat from frying!) and top it off with a beautiful, fresh citrus salsa spiked with fresh mint and some jalapeno.

Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Salsa

Gluten Free Pistachio Crusted Tilapia with Citrus Salsa Recipe


3 medium oranges, peeled and cut into segments
1 grapefruit, peeled and cut into segments
¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 small jalapeno, seeds and veins removed and finely minced
¼ cup fresh mint leaves, minced
Juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
1 cup shelled pistachios, roasted and unsalted
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning the fish
½ teaspoon black pepper plus more for seasoning the fish
1 large egg white
4 tilapia fillets, 3-4 ounces each


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with gluten free non-stick cooking spray.

In a small mixing bowl, combine the orange segments, grapefruit segments, red onion, jalapeno, mint, lime juice and honey. Let sit while preparing the fish.

Grind the pistachios along with the oregano, thyme, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a food processor until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. Pour the mixture into a dinner plate.

Beat the egg white until foamy on another dinner plate. Pat the fish fillets dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. Dip the fillets into the egg whites then into the pistachios and coat well. Lay the fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Spray the top of the fillets lightly with some more cooking spray. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the fish feels firm to the touch.

To serve, scoop the salsa out of the dish with a slotted spoon and top the tilapia fillets.


This gluten free recipe serves 4 people.

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  • Jeanine

    Perfect! That dish looks fantastic! And it is odd having all the great citrus fruits in winter, but it’s nice to boost the vitamin C when it’s all this nasty cold & flu season here. :)

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      Aha, I guess this is natures way of making sure we get our vitamin c when the weather is cold.

  • Stephanie

    Beautiful dish! I have a ton of citrus in my fridge right now, thanks to a good sale at the health food store. It’s great for brightening a winter day!

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      I love it when you get a good deal at the market! My hubby came home the other day with a huge box of oranges for next to nothing!

  • dining tables

    Wow! This is really something so delicious! I like the whole presentation of the dish! It was more appetizing.

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      Thank you!

  • cari

    Wow, this looks fantastic!

  • Wendy @ Celiacs in the House

    Gorgeous. Sunshine on a plate and much needed in Ohio about now. This will be appearing on the menu next week!

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      Wendy, you are always welcome to come thaw out in Florida if the cold in Ohio gets to be too much! And thank you!

  • cornflakegirl26

    This looks delish, will definetly be trying it out.

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      thanks, let me know!

  • Angie Halten

    These are the kind of unique dishes that make me feel like I’m a way better cook when I serve them. I get stuck in the boring meal rut so often. But you have inspired me with this one that uses my favorite nut.. pistachios. My family will be so impressed with this one!


    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      Thank you Angie! That is the nicest thing to say. And I agree, there are certain dishes that are so simple but make you look like a kitchen rock star – this is one of them :)

  • InTolerantChef

    What a lovely idea to coat the fish in nut crumbs, this looks yummy.

    • Carol, Simply Gluten Free

      Thank you!

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  • Vanessa

    Thank you for this dish. It is sure to be an added recipe in my list. I’m looking for wonderful recipes for my cookware collection, and yours is my pick. More power and goodluck. Vanessa

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