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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.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Almond Crusted Tilapia:
  • Medium-firm tofu - 1 lb, sliced into 4 "steaks"
  • Almonds - 1 cup ((shortcut: buy 1 1/4 cup almond meal))
  • Flour - 1/2 cup
  • Egg - 1
  • Water - 1 Tbsp
  • Brown sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1/2, wedges
Rice Pilaf:
  • Onion - 1/2, diced
  • Rice - 2 cups, any type
  • Butter - 1 Tbsp
  • Vegetable broth - 3 3/4 cups
Quickest Green Beans:
  • Green beans / haricot verts - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Butter - 1 1/2 Tbsp
  • Lemon - 1/2, juice of

Nutrition Facts

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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Prep

  1. Onions - Dice. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Pilaf - Double portions if making tomorrow night's dinner. If using white rice, rinse until clear. Heat a >3 quart Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add butter and then diced onions to melted butter with a dash of salt. Saute until softened and translucent, ~3 minutes. Add in rice with vegetable broth. Bring to a boil and then simmer until all liquid has been absorbed (~25 minutes for white rice, ~50 minutes for brown). (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Tofu - Slice into 4 "steaks" and press dry between two paper towels to remove excess moisture.
  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 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.

Make

  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 butter by microwaving for 30 seconds.
  3. Dip tofu into the flour mixture, then egg wash, then into the almond crumbs. Place onto sheet pan and brush both sides with melted butter
  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 butter in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Pan fry tofu for 4 minutes on each side until golden brown. You may have to do this in shifts, and you may need to add more butter 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 butter and a squeeze of lemon juice. Season to taste with salt.
  7. Check on tofu. Once it's golden, serve with lemon wedges and a side of rice pilaf and your quick and easy green beans.

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Reviews

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