Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 6 mins

I love pecan-crusted fish. This is a light recipe, but you can serve it with a kicked-up tartar sauce as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine breadcrumbs, pecans, salt, garlic, and pepper in a shallow dish.
  2. Combine buttermilk and hot sauce (such as Tabasco) in a medium bowl.
  3. Place flour in a third dish.
  4. Dredge 1 fillet in flour, dip into buttermilk mixture, then into breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining fillets.
  5. Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a large skillet (non-stick works best) over medium-high heat.
  6. Cook 2 fillets for 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily.
  7. Add remaining oil and cook additional 2 fillets.
  8. Serve with lemon!
Most Helpful

This was great! I made a few changes based on what I had. I had 1 lb. of tilapia, but didn't reduce the other ingredients. I used cracker crumbs instead of breadcrumbs, and increased the pecans to about 1/2 cup. Instead of salt and garlic powder I used garlic seasoning, and instead of buttermilk I used non-fat milk with a touch of non-fat half & half. I baked it at 400 for 20 mins., although 15 would've been enough. Thanks for a wonderful recipe, my husband couldn't stop raving about it!

Texas Wine Girl December 31, 2009

Excellent recipe! I didn't have any buttermilk so I added a tablespoon of lemon juice to 1/2 cup of half and half. My husband loved it and he usually avoids tilapia. Thanks for this recipe.

ceahlum_11717125 September 11, 2014

Transforms blah tilapia into a great fish dish! II've made this at least 4 times, so I decided it was time to put in my $.02. I use more pecans-about 1/4 cup, and panko for the breadcrumbs. Also, I put the seasonings to the flour. No matter how hard you try to press the pecan/breadcrumb mix into the fish, a lot of it will fall off and you'll lose the seasoning along with it. I've used regular milk, and it works just as well as buttermilk.

boomerthepug May 19, 2013