Tilapia Pita - say it ten times real fast. A delightful light meal. Excellent for weekend afternoon gatherings, and aesthetically pleasing, too! Feel free to experiment with the seasonings and sauce ingredients to match your personal tastes.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
37 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a small bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, Italian dressing, feta cheese and anchovies. Season with cayenne pepper, black pepper and salt. Mix until well blended, then set aside.

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  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place the tilapia fillets in the skillet, and season with lemon pepper, salt and cayenne. Fry until browned on each side, and fish flakes easily with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes.

  • Warm pita breads in the toaster or in the microwave to soften. Open from the cut side to make pockets. Fill pita bread halves with lettuce, onion, and tilapia fillets, then spoon in some of the feta cheese sauce. Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

253 calories; protein 11.9g 24% DV; carbohydrates 18.9g 6% DV; fat 14.3g 22% DV; cholesterol 23.5mg 8% DV; sodium 416.7mg 17% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2007
In a word...yum! I switched the recipe up just a little bit by lightly breading the tilapia with homemade bread crumbs for a nice crunch. I served the fish "soft taco" style in a flour tortilla and left the anchovies out of the sauce. This meal was a real hit at my house and my visiting friend raved too. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2010
Was good but have to say that I didn't like as much as I expected. I was a little nervous about the anchovy but decided to give it a shot. It actually added a nice flavor that wasn't super dominant. If I were to make again the one thing that I would change is the amount of Italian salad dressing. It definitely was the strongest tasting out of all the ingredients. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2007
In a word...yum! I switched the recipe up just a little bit by lightly breading the tilapia with homemade bread crumbs for a nice crunch. I served the fish "soft taco" style in a flour tortilla and left the anchovies out of the sauce. This meal was a real hit at my house and my visiting friend raved too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/01/2006
Knowing how bland it can be I sprinkled the tilapia with lemon pepper and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours. Husband enjoyed them and particularly loved the feta sauce (he doesn't like anchovies so I didn't tell him they were in it). This was a great way to get some fish into our diet. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/01/2011
This was awesome! I did substitute diced cucumber for the lettuce and it was so good that way I can't imagine it being quite as good without. Still what a great recipe I am so glad to find a new way that we enjoy serving tilapia. I used naan instead of pitas and served it like tacos. I also substituted some anchovy paste for the actual anchovy fillets. I used the Italian salad dressing mix recipe from this site to make the dressing which was really good. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/25/2005
We love fish tacos so decided to try this easy and healthy recipe. It is an easy dinner to make. I was pleasantly surprised by the sauce. The fish was ok. Tilapia can be a little bland if not seasoned well. I prefer more of a fried flavor but it is very healthy this way! I am considering using my favorite fish sticks in place of the tilapia next time. We also used some hot sauce and that gave the pitas a real kick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2007
We LOVE tilapia and I agree that this was a very quick and easy dish. My husband couldn't get over the sauce he raved. But neither of us have ever preferred the taste of mayo so i substituted low-fat sour cream in the sauce. Good Eats! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/21/2006
My family loved this recipe. We made one change by adding chopped red bell pepper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/23/2007
Very good recipe but I made a few changes and it was delicious. 1) I didn't add salt in the sauce (feta cheese is already salty) 2) I've added 1 teaspoon of oregano in the sauce as well 1 teaspoon of caper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2009
WOW!!! This is soooo great! My husband and I have made this at least a dozen times since we came across the recipe about two months ago. We use butter lettuce in the pita and the flavors together are perfect. Everyone we've made this for loves it and asks for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2010
i was actually looking for a fried tilapia recipe. i sprinkled mrs. dash southwest chipolte with dredged in cornmeal for some crunch. made the sauce without the cheese used a balsamic light vinegarette with mayo. would be awesome as pita or taco love the idea of butter lettuce or baby greens. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
04/22/2010
Was good but have to say that I didn't like as much as I expected. I was a little nervous about the anchovy but decided to give it a shot. It actually added a nice flavor that wasn't super dominant. If I were to make again the one thing that I would change is the amount of Italian salad dressing. It definitely was the strongest tasting out of all the ingredients. Read More
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