Almond Crusted Tilapiawith green beans and rice pilaf
Who wouldn't love a buttery almond crust? I'm so glad this was one of your favorites too and we get to bring it back once more. 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. Either way, you'll want to have this on hand so you can "bread" everything in almonds.
- Tilapia - 4 fillets
- Almonds - 1 cup ((shortcut: buy 1 1/4 cup almond meal))
- Almond flour - 1/2 cup
- Egg - 1
- Water - 1 Tbsp
- Maple syrup - 1 Tbsp
- Ghee - 2 Tbsp
- Lemons - 1/2, wedges
- Onion - 1/2, diced
- Cauliflower - 1 head
- Ghee - 1 Tbsp
- Chicken stock - 2 cups
- Green beans / haricot verts - 1 lb, trimmed
- Ghee - 1 1/2 Tbsp
- Lemon - 1/2, juice of
- Onions - Dice. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Make pilaf - Double portions if making tomorrow night's dinner. Chop cauliflower stems and florets and pulse in food processor until you get rice sized bits. Heat a >3 quart (2.84 liters) Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ghee and then diced onions to melted ghee with a dash of salt. Saute until softened and translucent, ~3 minutes. Add in cauliflower bits with chicken stock. Bring to a boil and then simmer uncovered until all liquid has been absorbed, ~10 minutes. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Fish - Rinse and dry with paper towels.
- 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. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Dredging stations – Mix together almond flour and some salt & pepper in one bowl / pan. Whisk together egg and water in second bowl / pan. Mix together almonds with maple syrup and a dash of salt in a third bowl / pan.
- Preheat oven to 425F (218C) degrees. Line a sheet pan with foil. If it's too hot to turn on the oven, skip next step.
- Melt ghee by microwaving for 30 seconds.
- 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 ghee
- Bake for 12 to 15 minutes until almonds are golden brown. Again, if it's too hot to turn on the oven, melt the ghee in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Pan fry fish for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. You may have to do this in shifts, and you may need to add more ghee between shifts.
- Trim green beans if necessary (this is a great kids activity - give them a pair of scissors if they're not ready for a knife). Combine with 1 tbs. (2.5 ml) of water in a microwave safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave for 1 1/2 to 3 minutes depending on the thickness.
- Toss green beans with ghee and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt.
- Check on fish. Once it's golden, serve with lemon wedges and a side of pilaf and your quick and easy green beans.
This meal has 9 reviews
Perhaps this dish requires a more subtle palette than we possess, but unfortunately we found it bland. Maybe some kind of sauce could have helped?
I think this would be better with chicken instead of fish. I did not like the sweetness of the brown sugar with the tilapia.
Made it with chicken instead on fish. Loved it.
Lesson learned - butter and crunchy exterior can make tilapia edible! I only made enough almond flour for two filets so used unsweetened coconut--and that made a better, crispier exterior. I opted for mashed potatoes instead of a pilaf so can't comment on that.
I am not a fish lover, but this was outstanding! Very elegant meal.
deelish! the tilapia was amazing. i made the rice pilaf in my rice cooker. easy and yummy!