Coconut Tilapia

"I created this recipe in an attempt to add some flavor to Tilapia. I enjoy eating Tilapia, but other ingredients are usually needed to make it worth eating. This recipe is fairly quick and painless. I change some of the ingredient amounts depending on my particular cravings for that specific day."
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2 fillets




  • In a wide bowl/container, mix coconut flakes, curry powder, garlic powder, paprika (set aside).
  • In a small bowl, mix 1 egg, 1/4 cup water and 1/3 cup of corn starch.
  • Dip the Tilapia fillets in the egg mixture. Use a plastic bag to cover your hands when handling fillets, if preferred. Coat the fillets thoroughly with the coconut flake mixture, especially along the top, as this dramatically improves the appearance of the dish while baking.
  • Bake the Tilapia fillets at 350 degrees for about 12-14 minutes (or however long until the fish is fully white). Use cooking spray or butter the pan so the fish does not stick.
  • While the Tilapia is baking, make the peanut sauce. Mix all of the ingredients listed above. Vary ingredient amounts to your liking. Cool or set aside until the Tilapia is ready.
  • Broil the fillets for a few minutes until golden.
  • Serve the fillets on a plate and scoop the peanut sauce on the side.

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  1. camohn
    my family ( 2 of 3 who don't like fish) liked this except for the peanut sauce. They were not wild about that, but fortunately that was an optional topping. The fish recipe itself was well received. I will make this again , just without the peanut sauce. The fish itself was well seasoned.
  2. Susie D
    Delicious and I loved that it is baked rather than fried! I did not make the sauce so can only comment on the tilapia. The breading bakes up light, crispy, crunchy, and nicely flavored. The coconut flavor shines, but the curry notes add a nice touch. That said, the ingredient amounts are excessive as posted. I breaded six -4 oz filets and still had lots to pile on top of the fish. Next time (and there will be a next time) I will also line the pan with foil to make clean up easier. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    Great tilapia!! I made the fish as written and didn't make the sauce. It was light and fresh tasting and the coconut crust made it taste like something you would get at a restaurant. Made for Best of 2011 Cookbook Tag.
  4. Outta Here
    Excellent way to prepare tilapia. I will cut the amount of topping mixture down next time though, as it was too much for 2 filets the size that I used. The sauce really set this off perfectly. I also like that it is baked, not fried.
  5. whitefishyellowman2
    This is a fantastic recipe! It comes out of the oven exactly how it appears in the photo. The sauce is very flavorful. I like how it is crunchy, soft and combined with the smooth peanut sauce.



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