Pecan-Crusted Tilapia

"I love pecan-crusted fish. This is a light recipe, but you can serve it with a kicked-up tartar sauce as well."
Pecan-Crusted Tilapia created by PaulaG
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  • Combine breadcrumbs, pecans, salt, garlic, and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Combine buttermilk and hot sauce (such as Tabasco) in a medium bowl.
  • Place flour in a third dish.
  • Dredge 1 fillet in flour, dip into buttermilk mixture, then into breadcrumb mixture. Repeat with remaining fillets.
  • Heat 1 1/2 tsp oil in a large skillet (non-stick works best) over medium-high heat.
  • Cook 2 fillets for 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily.
  • Add remaining oil and cook additional 2 fillets.
  • Serve with lemon!

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  1. Debby K.
    Very good. I added an egg to the buttermilk. I also omitted the hot sauce and chili (We just don't like heat. For those who do, I'm sure it would be excellent.) I also added parmesan to the breading.
  2. Josey P.
    My husband absolutely loves this recipe. "favorite talipa recipe ever" I omit the hot sauce because he is not a fan of hot sauce. I have found that after dredging in breadcrumbs and pecans, fish needs to sit about 10 minutes before placing in oil. This helps prevent coating from falling off. Also I use the japanese style panko crumbs with adds a better texture.
  3. ceahlum_11717125
    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.
  4. boomerthepug
    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.
  5. karen
    Really good and easy too. Next time I would add more nuts, and I just used plain milk which worked well. I'll be making this again.



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