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

Almond-Crusted Tilapia

“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.

Almond-Crusted Tilapia

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.

Almond Crusted Tilapia

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.

Print Recipe

Almond-Crusted Tilapia


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Recipe from No Whine with Dinner by Liz Weiss and Janice Newell Bissex

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Almond-Crusted Tilapia


(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

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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! 🙂

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122 comments on “Almond-Crusted Tilapia {Cookbook Review and Recipe: No Whine With Dinner}”

  1. We enjoy grilled ahi tuna steaks that we “massage” with coconut oil.

  2. I love to serve fish brushed with dijon mustard and covered in panko
    bread crumbs, my kids love it!

  3. I follow @AggiesKitchen on twitter!

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  5. Love this recipe. My kiddo won’t eat nuts, but I love to serve up salmon in a sweet, homemade bbq sauce and tilapia in a healthy fish taco!

  6. I “like” Meal Makeover Moms on facebook!

  7. What a awesome giveaway,,,and yes I love fish,,,my favorite way is fish tacos’s and my husbands is burbon is the link to my favorite fish taco recipe..also I liked Meal makeover moms,,already a fan of yours,,dont twitter,

  8. I can’t wait to try this, I saute almonds for fish all the time. Usually I bake or fry fish in butter and then squeeze lemon juice into the pan with parsley and garlic to make a sauce.

  9. I can’t wait to try this, I saute almonds for fish all the time. Usually I bake or fry fish in butter and then squeeze lemon juice into the pan with parsley and garlic to make a sauce.

  10. I “like” AggiesKitchen on FaceBook and follow you on twitter too. My favorite way to serve fish (my recent fave , that is) is as a fish stew in coconut milk.

  11. We love to do it simply – oven roasted with a bit of salt, pepper and olive oil. Both of my kids love fish!

  12. We’re all about simply coating fish with herbs de Provence or a Greek seasoning blend, followed by a grilling on the barbecue.

  13. WOW! This looks awesome. Definitely a fun way to living up tilapia!! I usually do baked fish sticks (which I learned from you ;)). I love adding sesame seeds to the coating

  14. Yum! I usually cook salmon with spices in a shallow pan with a bit of oil — the skin comes off so easily that way.

  15. I usually like fish baked and topped with some sort of tropical fruit. We like only white fish in our home. I so need to win this for my picky eaters while I am trying to make efforts to make homecooked meals most nights!

  16. Hi Aggie,
    I love making cod fingers for the kids, (cod was one of our favorite fish growing up) using the panko breadcrumbs so now i’m going to try with the almonds thanks for the idea 🙂

  17. This looks really interesting, hard to imagine what it tastes like!

  18. Love to bake tilapia and other flaky fish with dijon mustard and corn flake crumbs! Salmon I bake with soy sauce and honey marinade.

  19. I already “like” Aggie’s Kitchen on facebook.

  20. I “like” the Meal Makeover Moms on facebook.

  21. This looks healthy AND delicious!! So simple too, I have everything but the fish ^_^ The kids thumbs up is too cute.

  22. First, I have been “liking” you on fb for a while. I made your talapia last night (I had asked for the recipe & loved your photo of the book’s recipe!), it was delicious!

  23. I have a great recipe for salmon topped with a cucumber relish! It is always a crowd pleaser!

  24. Like Aggie’s kitchen on FB sara peterson davis

  25. I “liked” Makeover Mom’s site and enjoyed their page very much. I would love to win their No Whining with Dinner book. It looks terrific!

  26. follow you on twitter saramama

  27. My favorite salmon recipe is the same whether I am grilling or baking. First I place salmon in my plastic bag of marinade which is a mixture of lemon juice, olive oil, crushed garlic, minced dill, S & P that has been well blended. The salmon can marinade for 1 to 24 hours. I prepare a heavy duty sheet of aluminum foil for each salmon serving (steak) and lay the salmon in the center. I then placed thinly sliced onion and lemon plus dill sprigs over the top of the salmon. I carefully fold the foil to make a steam pocket type container and then cook. The salmon is so flavor and flaky. People swoon over it and think that I am special! ;-]

  28. sooo.. . confession. .. I don’t really like fish. . . sad, I know. . .BUT I love shrimp! So here is one of my favorite shrimp recipes!

  29. I like the meal makeover moms!

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  31. I follow you on twitter. @strmywthr3

  32. my favorite is roasted salmon with just some garlic salt on it. also made some cajun cornmeal crusted catfish that was pretty tasty too.

  33. I’m a facebok fan.

  34. Fun giveaway. My kids love when I take maple syrup and Dijon and make a glaze over the stove and brush it on the salmon. Then broil or grill. It has a great salty/sweet flavor

  35. Aggie, how fun! And how ironic, as my sweet girl just whined about dinner tonight. 🙂 I am definitely going to try your fish recipe…. my family loves salmon. Even my picky eater. And I think they’d love this too! Have a super night!!!

  36. Yum! That looks so wonderful! I love them too, always have such great ideas. I’m a big fan of salmon, especially when it’s crusted with something or cedar-planked or coated in hoisin sauce 🙂 I’m going to have to try this one! I have their new book and it’s the bomb!

  37. Yum! This looks wonderful! Question -how many servings would you say this is? 4-6? or more like 4?

  38. When it comes to fish, like tilapia, I am pretty boring. I prefer evoo, salt, pepper and broil until the edges have some crunch. This gives me more time to be creative with the side dish and dessert:)

  39. I like to serve it coated in macademia nuts and breadcrumbs.

  40. That fish does look exciting Aggie! I’m sure my dad enjoyed it : )
    You know how much we love fish around here. My favorite right now is this Orange Glazed Salmon –

    I love the Meal Makeover Mom’s. Thanks for doing the cookbook giveaway.

  41. I am a FB fan of th Meal Makeover Mom’s.

  42. I am a FB fan of Aggie’s Kitchen.

  43. Posted giveaway on my FB page.

  44. I like to sprinkle some Cajun seasoning and crushed Melba toasts on my Tilapia and then wrap it in a foil packet and roast it in the oven @ 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. Tastes great and it so healthy!

  45. Broiled Salmon with Orange Dijon Sauce

    ½ cup orange marmalade
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
    Salt & pepper
    4 8oz salmon fillets

    Set oven to broil.
    In a medium bowl, whisk together first four ingredients. Place fish on a foil-covered broiling sheet. Baste filets with half of the glaze. Place under broiler; cook 6 minutes. Baste the fish again with the rest of the glaze; broil 3 minutes more.

  46. I love fish but sont make it very often. I usually just coat it and bake it. This recipe and the seasoning sounds awesome. I’ll have to give this one a try soon!

  47. I like fish, unfortunately, my family does not so I do not cook it at home, but save it for when we go out to eat.

  48. Fish is my favorite food–could eat everyday, my favorite way is the old Southern way of frying dredged in cornmeal

  49. I am a fan of Meal Makeover Moms on FB.

  50. I am a fan of Aggie’s on FB.

  51. The crust on the fish looks so good!

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

  53. FB fan of aggieskitchen

  54. FB fan of “The Meal Makover Moms”

  55. I liked Aggie’s Kitchen on Facebook.

  56. 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.

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

  58. 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. 🙂

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

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

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

  62. I Like the Meal Makeover Moms on FB!

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

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

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

  66. 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.

  67. 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.

  68. 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 –

  69. I like you on Facebook now 🙂

  70. I also like The Meal Makeover Moms on Facebook

  71. I am a proud follower on Twitter.

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

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

  74. And I now like you on Facebook

  75. we LOVED these crispy tilapia sandwiches! ( I want to try this recipe now–yum!!

  76. 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 😉

  77. i follow you on twitter

  78. 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!

  79. 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!

  80. 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!

  81. 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:)

  82. I follow you on twitter…a whole lot;)

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

  84. 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!

  85. My husband usually fries it.

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

  87. Looks tasty! I bet my kids would like it too.
    We make this one a lot

  88. 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.

  89. 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!

  90. 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

  91. 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!

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

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

  94. Discovered you on Facebook..
    This recipe looks divine~

  95. 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.

  96. I already follow you on Twitter

  97. 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.

  98. 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.

  99. Love your new website!!!!

  100. 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!

  101. this is one of the favorites in our house
    LOVE your blog…so glad I discovered it! 🙂

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

  103. 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.

  104. 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.

  105. 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!

  106. I just started following you on Twitter!

  107. I just tweeted about the giveaway.

  108. 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. 🙂

  109. 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!

  110. This looks delicious! I really should start eating more fish and this recipe will definitely encourage me 😉

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

  112. 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!

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

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  116. This gives me more time to be creative with the side dish and dessert