Coconut Crusted Tilapia

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is so light and mildly coconutty- like coconut shrimp without the heavy coating! **any firm whitefish would work- cod or halibut would be excellent.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb tilapia fillet
  • 12 cup milk
  • 13 cup shredded coconut (i used very finely shredded)
  • spices (i used salt, pepper and curry powder)
  • 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (any oil works, but this is best)


  1. mix coconut with spices of your choice. curry goes really well, but anything you like would work.
  2. dip fish in milk.
  3. coat with coconut mixture.
  4. heat oil in a large skillet over med-high heat.
  5. add fish and cook about 4 minutes on each side.
  6. squeeze lime juice over the top.


Most Helpful

I used coconut milk instead of cow's milk. The coconut didn't stick very well. The dish is soooo delicious! Even my hubby who is not a "fish person" really liked it. Thank you for posting the recipe that is our dinner tonight.

MamaMoonlight February 22, 2010

I wasn't wild about this one. It was a bit bland, the amount of coconut wasn't enough to coat both sides of the fish and it tended to fall off with frying. Needs more spice, I would just put the coconut on top/ one side and bake it so it stays put.

camohn November 10, 2014

Join the Conversation

  • all
  • reviews
  • tweaks
  • q & a