Almond Encrusted Tilapia

    30 min

    A super-tasty way of preparing tilapia fillets. They are coated in a ground almonds and Parmesan and pan-fried to perfection. Enjoy with a side salad or with potatoes, rice or pasta.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon lemon pepper
    • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
    • 170g ground almonds
    • 80g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 8 (175g) tilapia fillets
    • 4 tablespoons plain flour for dusting
    • 90g butter
    • salt to taste
    • 80g freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • 8 sprigs parsley
    • 8 lemon wedges

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Beat eggs with lemon pepper and garlic pepper until blended; set aside.
    2. Stir ground almonds with 80g Parmesan cheese in a shallow dish; set aside.
    3. Dust tilapia fillets with flour and shake off any excess. Dip the tilapia in egg, then press into the almond mixture.
    4. Melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook tilapia in pan until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
    5. Reduce heat to medium and season fillets with salt if desired. Sprinkle tilapia with the remaining Parmesan cheese, cover and continue cooking until the Parmesan melted, about 5 minutes.
    6. Transfer the tilapia to a serving dish and garnish with parsley springs and lemon wedges to serve.

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    I have just cooked this and it was AMAZING. So simple yet so tasty! I didn't use parmesan cheese as I do not eat it but i'm sure it would have been good. I didn't have "lemon pepper and garlic pepper" but I added black pepper, lemon juice and ground garlic (i even added some ginger paste) 1tsp). It was so easy to cook, it didn't take long at all. omg I loved it so mum doesn't touch fish nevermind eating it..but she did! and she thought it was delicious! mmm I am so going to cook this again. I think it is a much better way of cooking fish [than I have in the past]. I lot of butter was used which will add on the pounds, but, it is so worth it!  -  13 May 2012


    I wish I could rate this higher, especially since it really was pretty good once I tinkered with it. Unfortunately, there are some problems with the recipe as I see it. First, you'll need more of the ground almonds/Parmesan to coat your filets - I ran short. Second, medium-high is too high a temperature, especially since you're frying these in butter, which has a low burning temperature. I used medium heat to fry the fish in a mixture of butter and olive oil. Third, after frying the fish on each side for 3 minutes, it was done! I can't imagine cooking it another 5 minutes once you sprinkled it with more Parmesan, which leads me to four, MORE Parmesan cheese? No - there's plenty in the mixture the filets were coated with. And you sure don't want to cover it, which would only turn the coating soggy. So in a nutshell, fry the fish coated with a mix of Parmesan and ground almonds (the seasonings were fine) for a few minutes on each side on medium heat in a mixture of olive oil and butter. Serve.  -  19 Jul 2010  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I've now made this a few times, I did add some lemon pepper to the dusting flour and use eggbeaters for the egg... this is perfect everytime, I've also used orange roughy with this also amazing. I do make a lot of the crust mixture and just put left over in the freezer for the next time. Oh, and I bake this instead of frying, I spray with pam and put in the oven at 425 or so and flip half way (time depending on how thick the fillets are) and spray again and put back in, perfect.  -  18 Aug 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)