It’s not very often that I get excited about a fish recipe, but I am today. Last week, I spotted some fresh tilapia fillets at Whole Foods and I immediately snagged them, hoping to make tilapia en papillote (which is just a fancy way of saying fish steamed in parchment paper pouch). I had all my ingredients ready and even shredded some carrots and zucchini to cook with the fish, except that I forgot I ran out of parchment paper. I bet you saw that one coming ;) Bummer!
I looked inside my fridge and found the three ingredients I needed to make a quick meal out of the tilapia filets I had: Dijon mustard, almond meal, and lemon. That’s all! Don’t you just love it when a recipe has a short ingredient list?
By the way, I always have a bag of almond meal from Trader Joe’s on hand to use for crumb coating (like fried goat cheese) and baking– it’s such a versatile ingredient! The almond meal helps to create a nutty, crunchy crust around the fish. In fact, it’s so delicious and such a cinch to make, I made it twice last week.
- ½ cup almond meal
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tbsps Dijon mustard
- 4 tilapia fillets
- 1 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- In a shallow dish, mix together almond meal, salt, and pepper.
- Rub mustard on both sides of fillets and dredge in almond mixture.
- Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add fish and cook 3 minutes on each side or until the crust is golden brown and the fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with lemon.