Walnut Crusted Tilapia

Nut crusted fish is something you often see on the menus of swanky restaurants.  I’ve never tried making it before but it’s just as easy as breading fish in anything else and it makes a gorgeous presentation.  This is definitely a company meal because they’ll think you slaved.  Given the price of nuts, this isn’t an everyday kind of meal, but it’s absolutely worth making as often as you can.


  • 4 tilapia filets (or other white fish)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (you could also use pecans or almonds)
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs (use gluten free if you need to)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • olive oil


  1. Pulverize your walnuts in a food processor.
  2. Mix the nuts with the breadcrumbs and spices.
  3. Pour just enough oil to cover the bottom of a wide skillet.  Heat to medium high.
  4. Pat the fish dry with a paper towel and dip in the egg, then tip into the nut and crumb mixture, pressing to make sure it’s coated on all sides.
  5. Lay carefully into the hot oil.  Repeat with all fillets.
  6. Cook approximately 5 minutes per side.
  7. Remove to paper towels to blot a bit, then serve.

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2 thoughts on “Walnut Crusted Tilapia

  1. Of all the things I’ve tried, and believe me I try different things, I have never tried a nut encrusted baked fish dish. Will have to consider it. Sharing this on my facebook + twitter. Great job Kait! (@kankan929 on twitter)

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