Fish: It’s Whats For Dinner

by Lauren on September 25, 2012

It seems that as of late, I’ve been pushing out more and more fish recipes.  I do love seafood and we seem to eat fish in our house at least twice a week.

Growing up, this wasn’t always the case.  I mean what child actually looks forward to a plate of fish unless it’s coated in breadcrumbs, fried and in the form of a stick?

I believe fish has the distinct ability to take on a multitude of flavors, depending on how to choose to prepare it.  Most of the time, people think of tilapia as being a great starter fish in terms of becoming acquainted to seafood.  It’s mild, delicate and has a faint taste of the sea, compared to other more hearty catches.

This Almond Crusted Tilapia recipe has become a staple in my book and I often prepare it for guests as a nice way to introduce an elegant meal without breaking the bank.

Tilapia is one of the least expensive seafoods on the market and it’s widely available any time of the year.  The crust on this recipe is what makes the entire dish, combining a rich mixture of almond meal and crushed almonds, that gives the fish a robust nutty flavor.

It takes only 20 minutes to prepare so dinner can be on the table in no time.

The next time you’re looking to spruce up your boring recipe for baked fish, try my Almond Crusted Tilapia for a tasty way to enjoy a heart-healthy meal.

Almond Crusted Tilapia
Main, Seafood
4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 3-4 oz Tilapia fillets
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • ½ cup crushed roasted almonds
  • 3-4 egg whites, slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 Tb melted butter
Instructions
  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  2. In a shallow bowl, combine egg whites and whisk slightly until a gentle foam forms.
  3. In another shallow dish, combine almond meal and crushed almonds.
  4. Dredge the fish in the almond meal, dip into the egg whites, and coat again with the almond mixture.
  5. Place the fish in a baking dish and sprinkle with dried parsley.
  6. Lastly, drizzle butter over the fish and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

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{ 11 comments }

Alexia September 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

This looks like my dream dinner! aww i could live of almond crusted fish but only order it in restaurants… i havent been cooking dinner much at home, always been out and about so i am craving for a lovely homecooked meal so so much!

Sara September 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

Hi, Lauren – Where can I find almond meal, or can I substitute regular old flour for it? Or corn meal? Looks lovely!

Lauren September 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

I found mine at Trader Joe’s. They have the best price (as far as I’ve seen) and it’s a great consistency. You can also make your own my pulsing sliced almonds into a flour like state in a blender or food processor. I also think I’ve seen it at The Healthy Grocer but on occasion. You could use regular flour, just not as much of a nutty taste.

Joni September 25, 2012 at 11:11 am

Lauren, I see a lot of health food bloggers eating tilapia and posting recipes with tilapia.
However, I never buy it. It is impossible to find wild as it is my understanding that farm raised tilapia is about the health equivalent of eating bacon or beef. I would be interested in knowing more about that. I only know what I have read personally. Most of the studies I can find are older so I don’t know what the consensus is these days. For example, here are some articles I have read:
http://www.thenourishinggourmet.com/2010/01/farmed-tilapia-good-for-the-environment-bad-for-you.html
http://healthyhabitscoach.wordpress.com/2008/08/05/tilapia-just-how-bad-is-it/
I don’t eat farm raised fish in general b/c I am wary of the environments in which they are raised and what they are being fed – sorry but I don’t trust any food from China/Thailand and that is where most of it is from.
I would be interested to know more about this.

Lauren September 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

Hey Joni. I’ve actually wondered the exact same thing as I don’t think I’ve ever been able to find Wild Caught Tilapia. I asked the fish experts at my store and they assured me that the reason tilapia isn’t usually wild is because it’s such a delicate fish that if it were not raised in clean waters, it would take on too much of the aftertaste of the ocean and loose its delicate flavor.
There is a lot of frozen tilapia that comes from Asia which is the one you want to avoid. It’s usually raised in unsustained waters and it can’t be trusted. I always buy fresh or American tilapia which is much safer.
My advice is to always ask. When I asked the people at Wegmans about their tilapia, they told me it came from a US farm and was placed in a clean and safe environment. They even stated that they would call the farm to which it was provided and let me talk directly to the farmer. Now that is service! ;)

Sonya September 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

I always avoid tilapia. It is only rich in Omega 6 which is the equivalent of eating a meal of bacon, and very little Omega 3. There is a reason it is so cheap. Check out this article… http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/02/science/earth/02tilapia.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife September 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

I loveee tilapia and so does Eric. Whenever its his turn to make dinner he picks some type of fish! I will have to pass this recipe on to him to try and make for me! (: yum!

Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I love, love, love fish!! Tilapia is one of my top favorites too, so I’m looking forward to trying this out!

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake September 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Love this idea!

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 25, 2012 at 6:32 pm

YUM! This looks great and really easy to make!

Iris Lee September 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I make a similar almond crusted tilapia!! It’s such a delicious, healthy way to make fish and jazz it up for dinner. :)

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