Coconut Crusted Tilapia

"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."
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  • 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)


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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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