Monday, June 27, 2011

Almond Crusted Tilapia with Quick Tartar Sauce

This is the newest go-to recipe I've found for a super quick and easy weeknight meal that everyone in my family will eat, including my 14 month old (and no, it doesn't come from a can, a box, the freezer, and isn't pre-made!).  Even though my son is a great eater, that is not something I can say about many dinner recipes.  

This recipe was surprisingly flavorful, especially considering the minimal amount of effort put into making it.  I was a little worried the fish would taste bland, but the Old Bay seasoning and brown sugar flavored the fish perfectly.  With a squeeze of lemon and tartar sauce (optional) on the side, this was just what I needed to add to my weekly rotation of heart-healthy fish recipes.  It's a super win in this family's book! 

Almond Crusted Tilapia with Quick Tartar Sauce
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1.5 lbs Tilapia fillets, sliced in half (“butterflied” so to speak)
1 cup almonds
¼ cup plain bread crumbs
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
½ cup flour
1 egg, beaten


1.     Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
2.     Add almonds to a food processor (I used my mini-prep) and process until very finely chopped.
3.     In a shallow bowl, gently combine the finely chopped almonds, bread crumbs, brown sugar, old bay seasoning, salt, and pepper. 
4.     Put the flour and beaten egg in 2 separate shallow bowls (for dipping).
5.     Coat each tilapia fillet lightly with flour, dip in the egg, and finish by coating well with the almond mixture.  Transfer immediately to the baking sheet after coating with the almond mixture.
6.     Bake for 15-20 minutes until the almond crust is starting to crisp.
7.     Serve immediately with lemon wedges and tartar sauce on the side (optional).

Quick Tartar Sauce


1 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon sweet pickle relish
1 Tablespoon minced onion
1 Tablespoon lemon juice (optional...but delicious!)
Salt and pepper to taste


1.     Combine mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, minced onion, and lemon juice.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

*Tilapia recipe slightly adapted from
*Tartar sauce from


  1. Yum, I love nut crusts on my fish. Buzzed this!

  2. I love it when I find a recipe that a little one will eat that includes fish! This does look fantastic and it's amazing what a crust will do, isn't it. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yum! What a great fish recipe - and good to know the whole family loved it =)

  4. I'm a big fan of nut-encrusted fish (I've also used pecans). So good. I hadn't thought of serving it to Evan, but it's a great idea. This would also be a good fish recipe to put in fish tacos with some mango salsa. Yum!


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