Recipe of the Week – 5 Ingredient Almond Crusted Tilapia

As many of you know, I am not considered the creative chef of the Johnston home. That would be Brett. He definitely has the ability to think up some amazing dishes without even looking up a recipe.

Me, on the other hand, I am pretty much useless in the kitchen without a recipe to follow. And while I have been searching for recipes to feature as the Recipe of the Week, I have noticed that I tend to shy away from any recipe that ends up listing what seems like an endless number of ingredients. I get pretty intimidated by a recipe once I get down to about the 6th ingredient.

And since I really want to start cooking more, I’m taking baby steps. So, I found a great recipe with only 5 ingredients. Right up my alley!

The recipe of the week is Almond Crusted Tilapia. I prepped and cooked this meal in less than 15 minutes and not only was it insanely easy, but I loved it and can’t wait to cook it again!

Doesn’t it just sound fancy, too?

Almond crusted tilapia


(Serves 2)

  • 1/4 cup whole natural almonds
  • 2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free garlic and herb seasoning blend (such as Mrs. Dash)
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or Pam Spray
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 (6-ounce) Tilapia fillets

(It is a little over 5 ingredients, but no one really counts pepper or cooking oil so I still consider it only 5)


1. First, place the first 4 ingredients in a food processor for about 45 seconds or until finely ground. Then, transfer crumb mixture to a shallow dish.

2. Heat the oil, (I used a little Pam Spray right before placing the fish in the pan, so that it wouldn’t burn) in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat.

3. Brush Dijon mustard over both sides of fillets and dredge in crumb mixture.

Almond crusted tilapia

4. Add fish to pan and cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.

Almond crusted tilapia

The fish was flaky and tender, and I love the crunch that the almonds added to the dish. I served it with garlic couscous and steamed veggies.

Almond crusted tilapia

I don’t get to cook with fish very much, so this was such a great dinner to switch it up and was very healthy, too.

Nutritional Information

(Per Serving of Fish)

  • Calories: 367
  • Fat: 19g
  • Protein: 38.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 9.9g

I will definitely be keeping this recipe in the cookbook for the future, when I am craving a good fish dinner!

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