Recipe: Easy Almond Encrusted Tilapia with Lemon

Easy weeknight dinners are a must my house. Like most busy young adults, I don’t have a lot of time to make fancy dinners every single night of the week. With that said, I still value high quality nutrition and taste. Fish is one of my favorite weeknight meals because it’s always in season, easy to make, and good for you! 

I like to purchase frozen bulk fish from my grocery store. That way, you can just place the frozen filets on a plate and let them thaw in the refrigerator while you’re at work. Plus, you can manage your portion control that way too! When you get home, all you have to do is a little prepping of the fish, steam some veggies, and you’re on your way to a 30-minute meal.

how to prep tilapia

This recipe calls for minimal ingredients, but a whole lot of flavor! You’ll need 4 servings of tilapia (fresh or frozen), almonds, salt and pepper, a wedge of lemon, and olive oil. Paired with freshly steamed green beans with a dusting of sea salt and you’ve got yourself a healthy 30-minute meal!

30 Minute Meal: Lemon Almond Encrusted Tilapia

Serves 4
super simple tilapia recipe

  • 4 servings of Tilapia (4-4oz. filets), thawed
  • ½ cup of coarsely crushed almonds
  • ½ cup of finely crushed almonds or almond meal
  • salt (to-taste)
  • pepper (to-taste)
  • ½ lemon wedge
  • 1.5 tablespoons + .5 tablespoons EVOO


  1. First, prep the the almond topping by placing ½ cup of whole or slivered almonds in a food processor. Process the almonds until they become flour-like and are finely ground. Add ½ cup more of almonds and coarsely chop, enough so that the larger pieces will stick to the fish. Add in salt and pepper to taste and give it one last spin. Transfer onto a large plate.
  2. Next, preheat a large skillet with about 1.5 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat. Then, prep tilapia by slicing each fillet in half or thirds. The tilapia might already have a natural cut in it, so feel free to follow that line.
  3. Rub each slice with olive oil on both sides. This will help the almond crust stick to the fish. Then, coat the the fish in the almond topping on both sides.
  4. Transfer fish onto skillet. Sprinkle with additional salt and let cook for about 5 or 6 minutes or until the almonds begin to brown. Then flip and cook for an additional 5 or 6 minutes.
  5. Once fully cooked, transfer tilapia onto a large plate and garnish with a squeeze of fresh lemon.

Nutrition Per Serving: 248 calories, 15g fat (1g sat, 0g trans), 4g carbs (2g fiber, 1g sugar), 25g protein

What about you? What’s your favorite fish to eat?


Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Lee is the blogger behind Lee is a recipe developer, certified Yoga Sculpt Instructor, and amateur photographer. She loves the outdoors, eats a lot of peanut butter, and is up by 6AM.