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Almond Crusted Tilapia
with green beans and rice pilaf

Active: 30 minTotal: 40 min

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.


Almond Crusted Tilapia:
  • 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
Rice Pilaf:
  • Onion - 1/2, diced
  • Cauliflower - 1 head
  • Ghee - 1 Tbsp
  • Chicken stock - 2 cups
Quickest Green Beans:
  • Green beans / haricot verts - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Ghee - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Onions - Dice. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. 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)
  3. Fish - Rinse and dry with paper towels.
  4. 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)
    Almond meal / crumbs
  5. 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.


  1. 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.
  2. Melt ghee 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 ghee
    Almond crusted fish
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Toss green beans with ghee and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt.
  7. Check on fish. Once it's golden, serve with lemon wedges and a side of pilaf and your quick and easy green beans.

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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?

By: Veronica
Posted: Jan 24, 2017
Diet: Original

I think this would be better with chicken instead of fish. I did not like the sweetness of the brown sugar with the tilapia.

By: Diana
Posted: Sep 30, 2016
Diet: Original

Made it with chicken instead on fish. Loved it.

By: Brandon
Posted: Sep 27, 2016
Diet: Original

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.

By: Laura
Posted: Dec 15, 2014
Diet: Original

I am not a fish lover, but this was outstanding! Very elegant meal.

By: Katy
Posted: Jan 02, 2014
Diet: Original

deelish! the tilapia was amazing. i made the rice pilaf in my rice cooker. easy and yummy!

By: Lauren
Posted: Oct 21, 2013
Diet: Original