This 5-Ingredient Almond-Crusted Baked Tilapia is a simple and delicious way to add seafood to your weekly dinner menu — with just 5 minutes of prep! With garlic, butter, and Parmesan it’s a low-carb, protein-packed dish that’s full of flavor!
Since we live in the middle of rural Central Virginia, fresh seafood isn’t exactly the local specialty. There isn’t even a seafood counter at our grocery store!
That said, I can always count on a couple of seafood options in our refrigerated case: tilapia fillets, vacuum-packed smoked salmon, and shrimp in the freezer. That’s about it! If I want salmon or anything other than frozen fish sticks, it means a trip into the big city of Charlottesville.😀
When I’m relying on the basic staples for our weekly meal plan, I know that I better get creative when it comes to simple and delicious ways to prepare the same ole’ thing! This Baked Tilapia is my latest favorite, and it seriously couldn’t be easier.
I often think of white fish fillets as bland and flavorless. So what’s the best cure for a mild, otherwise plain piece of fish? Jazz it up with butter, garlic, and Parmesan — and finish it off with some fresh herbs! The ingredients aren’t fancy, but the combination of flavors is a winner every.single.time.
My 5-ingredient baked tilapia is crusted with almonds for a crispy and flavorful exterior that tastes rich and toasted — without any breading or frying. It’s golden brown and buttery on the outside, but tender and flaky on the inside. Everything that your seafood dinner should be!
Pair this simple baked tilapia with potatoes or frozen french fries for a fish n’ chips supper that tastes like you’re dining in a restaurant — with only 5 minutes of prep!
5-Ingredient Almond-Crusted Baked Tilapia
- 4 tilapia fillets about 5-6 ounces each
- ¼ cup butter melted
- 1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder
- ¼ cup finely chopped almonds*
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Optional garnish: lemon wedges and fresh herbs such as parsley, basil, or thyme
- Preheat oven to BROIL.
- Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Combine almonds and Parmesan cheese in a small bowl and set aside.
- Combine melted butter and garlic powder in a small bowl. Brush the butter mixture on both sides of the fish.
- Place the fish on the prepared baking sheet, bottom side UP, and broil for 4 minutes.
- Flip the fish over, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and almonds, and return to the broiler for about 3-5 more minutes, or until topping is golden brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and herbs.
- *I use my Cuisinart Mini Prep Food Processor to chop the raw almonds in about 30 seconds!
Cooking Just for Two? This is a great recipe to scale down for a smaller family. Just bake 2 tilapia fillets and cut the rest of the ingredients in half. The cooking time will remain the same.
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