Almond Encrusted Tilapia – Doesn’t that sound fancy?
Not only does it sound and look delicious, but it’s much easier to make than you might guess. I had seen a few recipes for almond encrusted tilapia on different blogs and kept bookmarking it. I think I automatically assumed that it would be difficult to make just because of the word “encrusted”.
The first time I made it, I realized that it was actually quite easy. I also realized that it was in desperate need of a good sauce to pull the dish together. Without a sauce, it’s okay, but I don’t like to eat things that are just okay! I remembered a sauce that I used as a a marinade when making my Tropical Fish Tacos, and figured an adaptation of the marinade would work wonderfully to add the perfect flavor to the tilapia.
The result was a huge success! Luke agreed that the sauce was just what the fish needed to take it from ordinary to extraordinary. And remember, I’m not a big fish person. A fish has to have loads of good flavor for me to enjoy it. This almond encrusted tilapia with honey lime sauce meets my requirements!
Now that I have a few fish recipes that I like, I try to add fish to my meal rotation once or twice a week, as recommended for most people. So if you’re looking for a new way to add fish into your diet, give this recipe a shot! It’s a simple way to impress!
First mix your sauce together in a small bowl and set aside. Then season the tilapia fillets with salt and pepper and dip them in the flour, followed by the egg whites.
Next, coat the fillets in the chopped almonds. Make sure each side gets a nice layer!
When you are ready to cook, heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tilapia fillets. Also place the honey lime sauce in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 5 minutes, until it’s slightly reduced.
Cook the tilapia fillets for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
Almond Encrusted Tilapia
- 2 tilapia fillets, about 3/4 lb
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 egg whites
- 1 cup chopped almonds
- 1 tbsp butter
- 4 tbsp lime juice
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ginger (powder)
- In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, honey, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger. Set aside.
- Season each tilapia fillet with salt and pepper.
- Chop the almonds if you need to. You can also do this in a food processor.
- Put the flour in a shallow bowl, egg whites in another, and chopped almonds in another. Dip each tilapia fillet in the flour bowl, followed by the egg white bowl and the almond bowl last.
- When you are ready to cook, heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the tilapia fillets and cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side, until cooked through.
- While the tilapia is cooking, place the honey lime sauce in a small saucepan and bring it to a boil over medium heat. Boil for about 5 minutes, until it’s slightly reduced.
- When the fish and sauce are done cooking, drizzle the sauce over the fish and enjoy!