Almond crusted tilapia

almond crusted tilapia recipe

With summer break just a few weeks away, we’re really excited about giving you tips to get your kids into the kitchen all summer long. This recipe for Almond Crusted Tilapia is not only kid friendly and kid-helping-in-the-kitchen friendly, it can also be easily turned into a paleo recipe for those looking to eat more like our cavemen ancestors.

Almond meal can be bought in the bulk aisle of your local grocery store, but it’s just as easy to make at home in a food processor. Kids love it when you give them responsibility and they’ll love getting to be the “button pusher” on the food processor and watching whole almonds become fine almond meal. Let them pulse the almonds until they’ve reached the size of steel cut oats, like the photo below:

Homemade almond meal

Next, let your kids help with the dredging and breading. Set up 3 stations: one with flour or almond flour if you’re paleo; a second with an egg wash (some egg mixed with water, seasoned with some salt and peper); and a third with the almond meal and brown sugar. Put your kids on a stool and let them dip from station to station.

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Once all the tilapia fillets have been crusted with almonds, let them brush the fish with melted butter (paleo followers can use melted ghee or coconut oil), which will give the fish a nice golden color out of the oven. After your kids have gotten to see how much fun it was to make this meal, there’s no way that they won’t take at least take one bite!

Almond-crusted tilapia

Helpful tools: 1) Food processor; 2) Mixing bowls; 3) Sheet pan

Pair this dish with: 1) Green beans with fennel; 2) Coconut kale; or 3) Kale salad

Almond Crusted Tilapia
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Crunchy almonds mixed with just a hint of brown sugar give just the right texture and flavor to tilapia. Use your food processor to make your own almond meal or buy it at pre-made at the store
Author: Jess Dang
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
  • Tilapia – 4 fillets
  • Almonds – 1 cup (shortcut: buy 1¼ cup almond meal)
  • Flour – ½ cup (sub almond meal for gluten-free or paleo)
  • Egg – 1
  • Water – 1 tbs.
  • Brown sugar – 2 tbs. (sub maple syrup for paleo)
  • Butter – 2 tbs. (sub ghee or coconut oil for paleo)
  • Lemons – ½, wedges
  1. Fish – Rinse and dry with paper towels
  2. Almonds – Pulse in a food processor until it becomes the texture of cornmeal or grits like the photo below. You can also use a blender, stick blender, mortar and pestle, or place almonds in a bag and crush with a rolling pin
  3. Dredging stations – Mix together flour and some salt & pepper in one bowl / pan. Whisk together egg and water in second bowl / pan. Mix together almonds with brown sugar and a dash of salt in a third bowl / pan
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil
  2. Melt butter by microwaving for 30 seconds
  3. Dip fish into the flour mixture, then egg wash, then into the almond crumbs. Place onto sheet pan and brush on both sides with melted butter
  4. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until almonds are golden brown

almond crusted tilapia recipe

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  • Kara

    This recipe sounds great — but I went to cook it tonight and realized there’s no baking time listed. I typically cook tilapia for 12-15 minutes. Is that true here as well?

  • Hi Kara! Yes 12 – 15 minutes. Somehow our last step got cut off, but I’ve just re-updated the recipe. Thx for catching that!

  • Diann

    Not a fish eater so is this something mild to start out with? Can you use other nuts maybe pecans? How many calories does it have? It looks good. Thanks. 😉

  • Diann, this is super mild. You’re going to taste a lot more of the nuts and sweetness more than anything else. Definitely feel free to substitute pecans. Enjoy!

  • Randi

    I was wondering if you know of a good substitute for the egg wash? I cannot eat eggs or dairy. I loved that you have fantastic substitutes for some of the other things! Any advice would be great. Cant wait to try the recipe!

  • For this, I’d actually try coconut milk instead of egg wash. Since it’s already a bit sweet, the coconut milk will go perfectly with it!

  • Vicky

    If I substitute the maple syrup for the brown sugar which do I mix the maple syrup with? The egg and water or the almonds?

  • almonds!

  • Vicky

    Thanks! I was worried it would be too wet.

  • Laura

    Like all of the cooksmarts recipes I have tried, this recipe was easy to follow, turned out exactly as described, and was a hit with my 6-yr-old twins (who helped make it!).

  • That’s what we like to hear Laura! So glad you enjoyed this.

  • Gymmom

    Any calorie information?

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