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Dijon Almond Crusted Tilapia

This dijon almond crusted tilapia is pan-fried, ready in 10 minutes and a healthy, grain free dinner.

I’ve been jotting down pros, cons and just general thoughts of this whole paleo challenge as the month has gone by so I can hopefully put together a comprehensive (and cohesive) summary post when it comes to an end later this week.

Dijon Almond Crusted Tilapia

And I kid you not when I say one of the pros of this whole thing has been this simple almond dijon crusted tilapia recipe.

Or more pointedly, finally finding a way to enjoy tilapia.

As far as I’m concerned that’s just as much of a pro as having no bloating, clear skin and losing a few inches around my hips & waist.

almond crusted tilapia with dijon mustard

Let’s face it, tilapia is just one boring fish.

The only thing it’s got going for it is it’s price tag.

I usually look at it sitting next to the wild salmon that I buy weekly, mentally debate whether I should spend half the money this time around and just go for it before coming to my senses and remembering how lame it tastes.

For some reason though, I caved last week and bought a single filet.

I took it home, sat it on the cutting board and literally said “what the hell will make you taste good?”

Don’t judge. Weeks get lonely when you work from home and only have your dog to talk to.

Somehow mustard, almonds and paprika ended up on the counter and the rest is history.

paleo dijon almond crusted tilapia

It was so transformative that I made this dijon almond crusted tilapia again 3 days later.

I’m not saying goodbye to salmon, I love this tart cherry glazed salmon and these easy salmon vegetable packets way too much for that, but this is definitely edging out a meat meal at least once a week.

5 ingredients (I refuse to count salt & pepper as an ingredient), 10 minutes and I promise you’ll never look at tilapia the same again. I’m also going to try some blackening season on the tilapia soon as blackened fish like this mahi mahi is one of my favorite simple yet hugely flavorful dinners.

And if you’re looking for a meat alternative to this recipe, these pretzel crusted pork chops use a very similar method and taste quite delicious too!

I also love this fish almondine recipe for a more elegant version. It’s great with other white fish like sole or cod too, just like this almond crusted tilapia recipe.

And for another simple white fish recipe, try my easy air fryer cod!

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Dijon Almond Crusted Tilapia

This dijon almond crusted tilapia is pan-fried, ready in 10 minutes and a healthy, grain free dinner. It’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal.
4.4 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings


  • 2 filets of tilapia about 1 pound
  • 1/3 cup whole almonds
  • about 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • salt & pepper
  • coconut oil for pan-frying


  • Place almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. About 20 seconds.
  • Transfer chopped almonds to a shallow dish. Add paprika and mix together.
  • Season the tilapia filets generously with salt & pepper.
  • Spread mustard on both sides of the filet and then transfer to the almond mixture to coat both sides.
  • Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  • Once hot, place the filets in the skillet and cook for about 3 minutes per side or until the fish is cooked through. Exterior should be browned and crispy but not burnt.
  • Serve warm and garnish with parsley or lemon.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 555kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 131mg | Sodium: 1166mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Main Dishes
Keyword almond crusted tilapia, dijon almond crusted tilapia

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

Recipe Rating

Beth Fisher

Sunday 11th of August 2019

This recipe Made boring Tilapia exciting! Can’t wait to enjoy again!

Friday 19th of April 2019

Monday 1st of April 2019

Karl E. 'Skip' Johnson

Friday 24th of August 2018

What should I serve with this?


Thursday 24th of May 2018

it was yummy. i used almond flour instead and it came out just as good. yumS!