Almond Crusted Tilapia recipe

This Almond Crusted Tilapia recipe is one of my very favorite dinners. It’s quick and easy to make and the fish comes out moist and flaky with a crunchy crust. It’s a great recipe for people who “don’t like fish” – I promise you’ll win them over! I also highly recommend trying it topped with Black Bean Olive Salsa as a variation!

almond crusted tilapia

Almond Crusted Tilapia


(serves 4)

  • 1 C sliced or slivered almonds, divided in two parts
  • 1/4 C ground flaxseed (or flour – any kind)
  • 4 (6 oz) tilapia fillets
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil (or 1 Tbsp. olive oil and 1 Tbsp. butter)


1. Finely chop almonds (or buy them pre-chopped) and combine half of them (1/2 C) with the ground flaxseed or flour in a shallow bowl.

2. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt; dredge in almond/flaxseed or flour mixture.

3. Add the olive oil (and butter, if using) to a large heavy skillet over medium heat; add fish and cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove fillets to a serving plate.

4. Add remaining 1/2 cup almonds to skillet and cook, stirring often, 1 minute or until golden brown. Remove almonds and sprinkle over fish. The almonds get really crunchy and toasty – so good!

5. Enjoy!

almond crusted tilapia

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  1. 6

    Just came across this recipe! I’m allergic to almonds (and all nuts, actually), but this looks so good! Any ideas for another nut replacement/seed to use? I’m thinking pumpkin seeds, but not sure if it’ll have the same effect. Thoughts?

  2. 10

    Hi Anne! Trying this tonight—it looks awesome! :) Quick question: did you use salted almonds? I have regular, whole roasted and salted almonds. Do you think that would make the fish too salty?

  3. 12
    Julia Mullins says

    Hi Anne! i recently made this recipe for myself and my boyfriend and MAN WAS IT GOOD! my boyfriend hasn’t stopped raving about it since we had it, and now requests it all the time! thanks so much for the delicious and easy recipe!!

  4. 14

    Hello Anne. I often visit Gina’s site for new ideas on workouts and fell upon your meal plan last week. I’d like to say I’m a healthy eater and love to discover new dishes for my family and blog. And, I have found a new recipe thanks to you. Tonight I’m about to make your almond-encrusted tilapia for the second time in one week!!! My youngest won’t eat fish so I was making both of my boys a healthy version of fish sticks while serving my husband and I your dish. My 8 year old took one bite of my husband’s and demanded he eat his tilapia instead. Yes! That’s a huge vote for you. :) Thank you. By the way, we are relocating back to DC in the Summer after years on the West Coast. So excited. Glad to support a local. :) Check out my site anytime! Would love to host you after I move.

  5. 16

    I made this for the 1st time Fri. night, & it was so quick & easy & DELICIOUS!!! We absolutely loved it! I was actually thinking of tweaking the recipe & adding some lemon juice & parmesan but I got busy doing other things & forgot, & I’m so glad I did! I wouldn’t change a thing – absolutely delicious!

  6. 18

    This looks delicious! Do you think I can bake it in the oven instead of frying?

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