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

by Aggies Kitchen on February 1, 2011

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“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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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(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 }

Christy February 2, 2011 at 9:44 am

I am a fan of Aggie’s on FB.

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Maria February 2, 2011 at 10:12 am

The crust on the fish looks so good!

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Monica J February 2, 2011 at 10:21 am

ohhh, i love fish. grilled and drizzled in olive oil, s&p w/ a squeeze of lemon juice, teriyaki glazed, or souther fried…

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Monica J February 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

FB fan of aggieskitchen

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Monica J February 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

FB fan of “The Meal Makover Moms”

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minerva February 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

I liked Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

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minerva February 2, 2011 at 10:30 am

I usually fry our fish but I am looking for ways to make healthier meals. I have the most picky kids. All my friends agree.

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minerva February 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

I like meal makeover moms on facebook. They are the reason I found your blog.

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Linda Byrn February 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

We love grilled salmon topped with a saute of olive oil, garlic, cherry tomatoes, a handful of fresh spinach and feta cheese. But it is nice ot have a crunch ever so often, so I plan to try this almond coating on our fresh walleye in the spring. :)

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Sandy February 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love to cook fish on my Big Green Egg. It’s easy to blacken and leave the smells outside.

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Lynn BB February 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

I need to learn how to cook fish for my family!

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Amy February 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

My favorite fish recipes is Broiled Tilapia Parmesan from allrecipes.com. It’s amazing and amazingly easy. I serve it to guests and always get compliments. Yum! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Amy February 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

I Like the Meal Makeover Moms on FB!

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Andrea February 2, 2011 at 11:53 am

I love fish, but am not very good cooking it. Always looking for new recipes.

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Crystal February 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

My favorite is Salmon with e.v.o.o, dill, and garlic. Sooooo good!

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sara February 2, 2011 at 12:15 pm

i like to put a light mayo sauce on my salmon and serve it with quinoa and broccoli

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Marsha A. February 2, 2011 at 12:47 pm

That looks really good. We only eat mild white fish and this looks like a great healthy way to prepare it. I usually mix fat free mayo with pickle relish and broil it on top of the fish just before it is done.

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Amy Wels February 2, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I have a husband who won’t eat it, but i am determined to let my daughter make up her own mind about fish. I bread it lightly in an egg wash and panko and bake it until it’s crispy…she likes it with ketchup.

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Eliana February 2, 2011 at 3:52 pm

This is most certainly an exciting looking piece of fish. My favorite fish is salmon. And this is how I like to serve it up – http://www.achicabakes.com/2010/11/tamari-roasted-salmon.html

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Eliana February 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I like you on Facebook now :)

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Eliana February 2, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I also like The Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook

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Eliana February 2, 2011 at 3:56 pm

I am a proud follower on Twitter.

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Megan February 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

To be honest–I really love tuna noodle casserole! Is that cheating with a fish dish?…;)

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Megan February 2, 2011 at 4:02 pm

And I of course follow you on Twitter! (@cookingwhims)

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Megan February 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

And I now like you on Facebook

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natalie (the sweets life) February 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

we LOVED these crispy tilapia sandwiches! (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/04/crispy-tilapia-sandwiches.html) I want to try this recipe now–yum!!

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jeannette February 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

can i still enter even if my picky eater is my hubby? lol!!

my favorite way to serve fish is with this black pepper brown sugar rub that i just throw together. or just simply sprinkle with garlic salt, parsley and drench in lemon juice ;)

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jeannette February 2, 2011 at 5:38 pm

i like you on facebook

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jeannette February 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

i follow you on twitter

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Betsy February 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm

Just have to post that this fish is in the over for tonight and am hoping the boys love it as much as yours did! Thanks for always posting the best recipes. I am serving this with red beans and rice and a green salad! Can’t wait!

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Kim B. February 2, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I LOVE to wrap up salmon in foil (with seasonings, butter & lemon juice on it) & then grill it for about 8 minutes each side. All four of my boys (& hubby!) devour it :) Best part is no dishes or fish smell in my house!

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alice February 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

My favorite way to serve fish is the simplest way: pan fried with just a bit of butter and a splash or so of lemon and a couple of grinds of the mixed pepper mill. Fish is so delicious, I hate to do too much to it!

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Lora @cakeduchess February 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Hi Aggie-The photo of the kids is too cute and love their gingerbread cutouts on the fridge!! This tilapia looks fantastic!I never made almond crusted tilapia. Always used to make with caramelized onions…but this is something I will try soon:)

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Lora @cakeduchess February 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I follow you on twitter…a whole lot;)

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Lora @cakeduchess February 2, 2011 at 7:25 pm

I believe I “like” you on Facebook. Going over now to double check;)

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Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food February 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

Seafood is always on the menu at my house, and this looks to be such a delicious new way to cook it. Can’t wait to try!

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Allison A February 3, 2011 at 1:48 pm

My husband usually fries it.

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Valerie S February 3, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I love to make fish tacos with breaded fish. The kids love them!

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Melanie Flinn February 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Looks tasty! I bet my kids would like it too.
We make this one a lot http://wp.me/p150Ow-gj

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Kelli February 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

My husband and I love Five Spice Tilapia from one of the magazines we read. Simply sprinkle the tilapia on both sides with Chinese Five Spice and pan saute in a touch of oil. Then make a sauce of brown sugar and soy sauce. Let it cook with the fish for the last 2-3 minutes. Serve with chopped scallions and brown rice. So yummy.

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AnneStrawberry February 3, 2011 at 7:42 pm

The seasoning on the fish sounds incredible and I loved roasted broccoli. Of course, I think any mom can use a kid friendly, great cookbook- this sounds awesome!

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marla {family fresh cooking} February 4, 2011 at 7:29 am

Hi Aggie! This is a great book & I too am a big fan of Liz and Janice. I all ready have a copy and love it. The winner will enjoy it so :) Must make this tilapia. xo

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Carrielyn February 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

MMMM, I love fish… my family not so much! I grew up on fresh Alaskan Salmon, nothing compares! My favorite way to enjoy it is just wrap it in tin foil with a little lemon and thyme and throw it on the grill next to some asparagus or zucchini, and mmmmm!

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jacquie February 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

i don’t serve a lot of fish currently but would like to do more – that recipe looks like a great place to start.

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Kathryn February 4, 2011 at 12:01 pm

That dish looks absolutely fabulous! I don’t really like fish, but I LOVE almonds- so healthy!

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Anne Crowell February 4, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Discovered you on Facebook..
This recipe looks divine~
Thanks!!

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Gwen~healthymamma February 4, 2011 at 12:54 pm

My fav fish is Wild Salmon, broiled w ginger-tamari marinade. I used to love Tilapia until I read about the way they are farmed and shipped makes them unhealthy.
I would like a copy of this cookbook and also I love your blog and am following you now.

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Gwen~healthymamma February 4, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I ‘like’ you on facebook

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Gwen~healthymamma February 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I already follow you on Twitter

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Cee February 4, 2011 at 5:14 pm

One way that I like to serve fish for dinner is as fish tacos. I just cook tilapia with a medium jar of salsa at 400 uncovered until flaky. I then put the fish-salsa mixture into tortillas and serve as I would tacos. It’s really good just as is wrapped in a tortilla, but it is also good with fresh diced tomato and avocado.

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