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Almond-Crusted Tilapia {Cookbook Review and Recipe: No Whine With Dinner}

by Aggies Kitchen on February 1, 2011


“That fish looks exciting…”

Those are the words my my father-in-law said when he saw me preparing this tilapia for dinner last night.  And I’ll tell ya, it was pretty exciting.

I pulled this recipe out of Liz Weiss and Janice Bissex’s newest cookbook, No Whine with Dinner.  I’ve been following these ladies since I started blogging almost 3 years ago.  I have always been impressed by Liz and Janice and their dedication to keeping things interesting and healthy at mealtime for the family.  They are always busy with projects, from their weekly podcasts, to their awesome blog and now their second published cookbook No Whine with Dinner (The Mom’s Guide to Meal Makeovers was their first)!

What I loved about this recipe was the awesome crunchy crust on the fish. The Old Bay, cinnamon and brown sugar worked so nicely together. My kiddos ate a whole piece each and continued to ask for more.  We’ll definitely be making this again.

Thanks for the thumbs up kids!


Get yourself organized before making this.  Get your ingredients all out and make the breadcrumbs first…I didn’t chop the almonds, I actually used my fingers to crush them and combine with the panko and seasonings.  I loved that the almonds were chunky in the coating, but that was my preference.  If you’d like a finer almond crust, by all means, pull out your knife and give them a good chop.  Once your breading station is set up, the process is easy…and the fish cooks up quite quickly so dinner will be ready in no time.


I roasted up some broccoli and carrots along with some tomatoes at the same time to save time and to keep things easy on clean up too.


Try this next time you are in the mood for a good fish dinner.  It was enjoyed by all of us and my husband was lucky enough to snag some leftovers for lunch today.  I would have loved to have it over a green salad for my lunch today…next time I’ll have to plan better.

Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Recipe from No Whine with Dinner by Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex

1 1/2 lbs tilapia (4-6 fillets)
1 cup sliced or slivered unsalted almonds, finely chopped
3 tablespoons plain dried breadcrumbs (I used panko)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon reduced-sodium Old Bay Seasoning (I used regular Old Bay and less salt in rest of recipe)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup all purpose flour

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place tilapia on cutting board and slice each fillet down the center where the fish connects to create 2 smaller fillets. Season both side of the fish with salt and pepper and set aside.

Lightly oil or coat a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. Combine the almonds, bread crumbs, brown sugar, Old Bay Seasoning, salt, cinnamon and pepper in a shallow bowl. Whisk together the egg and water in another bowl, and place the flour on a large plate.

To bread the fish, coat both sides with the flour and shake off excess. Dip in the egg and then coat evenly with the nut mixture. Place the fish on the baking sheet, mist with nonstick cooking spray and bake until golden brown and the fish is cooked through, about 15 minutes.



(Giveaway now closed)

So here’s the scoop on the giveaway…

Liz and Janice would love to share a copy of their No Whine with Dinner cookbook with one of my readers.  Lots of great recipes in this book including one of my very own in the Blogger’s Best chapter!

Along with the Blogger’s Best chapter, you’ll find lots of tips from moms on “how to get your pickiest eaters to try new foods” as well as a great chapter on “healthy basics” and “pantry items”.  The fact that Liz and Janice are both registered dietitians and are sharing a wealth of information on family nutrition in each chapter makes this a cookbook that I am very happy to have in my collection.

Giveaway: The Meal Makeover Mom’s No Whine with Dinner cookbook

Starts today and ends Friday, February 4 at midnight (EST)

To enter into the giveaway:

Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite way to serve fish to your family.  If you have a recipe, link it up! If you don’t like fish or don’t have a favorite way to serve it…it’s all good, just say hello and get yourself entered into the giveaway anyway! :)

Sorry, giveaway open to US readers only.

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{ 119 comments… read them below or add one }

Victoria Fairfield February 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

I love fish every possible way it can be fixed….but I especially love it baked, broiled, or pan fried with lemon and capers. Any kind of fish stew is also wonderful.


Alina October 10, 2012 at 3:32 am

You can use orange to instead of lemon if you want more sweetness!


Aggies Kitchen October 14, 2012 at 10:46 pm

That sounds great and I am definitely going to try that next time! Thanks for the tip!


Betsy February 5, 2011 at 9:40 am

Love your new website!!!!


Deborah February 6, 2011 at 11:09 am

I see Talapia in the store and never really know how to cook it except boring baking. This sounds wonderful and I’ll try next week.

Thank you!


melissa @IWasBornToCook February 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

this is one of the favorites in our house
LOVE your blog…so glad I discovered it! :)


melissa @IWasBornToCook February 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

I’m a facebook fan of yours!


Amanda February 6, 2011 at 1:59 pm

That sounds incredible. I love the idea of the almond crust, so fabulous!


Ninette February 6, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Looks great. The only way my family will eat fish is as fish and chips. I’m Asian, so I grew up eating fish all sorts of ways, but it’s a different story with this generation.


Aer Conditionat February 9, 2011 at 8:42 am

This looks amazing. I love fish, but I never tried a fancy cooked fish like this before. The photos are mouth-watering and I bet the fish was extraordinary. It’s so nice your kids were fond of it and asked for more. Thanks for the recipe.


Damsel February 9, 2011 at 9:34 am

We do a very easy broiled fish – just S&P on some tilapia filets and stick them under the broiler. Flip after a few minutes. Serve with lemon wedges and roasted veggies.

Fish is on the menu tonight and I think I’ll be making this recipe – I already have all the ingredients! Thanks!


Damsel February 9, 2011 at 9:35 am

I just started following you on Twitter!


Damsel February 9, 2011 at 9:37 am

I just tweeted about the giveaway.


Cristina February 9, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I’ve been trying to add more fish in my diet and this qualifies! Gorgeous crusted tilapia that’s sure to be a hit with Hubbs too! Thanks for sharing this recipe. :)


Colorado Mama February 9, 2011 at 7:12 pm

My husband & I absolutely love to bake salmon in the oven topped with a little olive oil, salt & pepper, a good smear of Dijon mustard, and a nice sprinkling of chopped fresh herbs (especially love combo of parsley, basil, & dill). Couldn’t be easier & oh so tasty!


Sarah February 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm

This looks delicious! I really should start eating more fish and this recipe will definitely encourage me ;)


Monica February 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm

We love fish and fish tacos are one of our family favorites!


Deirdre Reid June 25, 2011 at 11:39 am

I love this recipe. I made it with mahi mahi. The coating is delicious — sweet, nutty, a hint of cinnamon and Old Bay — so good. I wrote about my experience with it here: This is a keeper for sure, thanks for sharing it!


Jeanette February 17, 2012 at 12:59 am

What an interesting spice combination – I think my kids would love this nutty crunchy coating.


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