Yesterday, I celebrated pecans, and when most folks think of the tasty little nut, their next thought is pie. If you’re looking for a good recipe for that popular dessert, you’ll need to look elsewhere. Don’t despair, of course. There are lots of websites with lots of pecan pie recipes. I’m sure you’ll find something to your liking.
Pecans are often used for other desserts, too: pecan bars, pecan shortbread, pecan ice cream, and more. But you won’t find those recipes here.
What you will find — if you haven’t already gone off searching for that pie recipe — is a much healthier dish that you’ll be glad to serve on your table.
First, you don’t have to use tilapia. You can use any fish fillets you have. Tilapia is my favorite. It’s a sweet, white fish with a mild flavor.
Did you know…tilapia is sometimes called “Jesus fish”. It’s believed that this was the type of fish served when Jesus fed the multitude.
4 fillets (each fillet about 6 ounces)
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
About 2 cups fresh bread crumbs (Japanese “panko” crumbs are excellent, or try Italian bread crumbs.)
1/4 cup finely ground pecans
1 sprig thyme, leaves removed and chopped
Pinch cayenne, or to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Lemon wedges, for serving
Preheat oven to 425 degrees Farhenheit
Prepare a breading station by arranging 3 shallow bowls or pie plates with the following: Flour in the first, beaten eggs in the second, and bread crumbs, pecans, thyme, cayenne, and salt and pepper in the third.
Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge fish first in flour then egg mixture and last, the bread crumb mixture.
Heat a baking sheet in oven for 5 minutes. When pan is hot drizzle with olive oil. Add fish and drizzle a little olive oil on top of it too.
Bake in oven, turning once, about 10 to 12 minutes.
Serve with tartar sauce and enjoy!
There are several different ways you can prepare pecan-crusted tilapia or other fish. Instead of beaten eggs, a lot of cooks use buttermilk (about 3/4 cup), often with a dash of Tabasco sauce added. Garlic is another often-added ingredient, as is onion powder.
Instead of baking with a light amount of oil, you can also prepare pecan-crusted fish on the stove top, sauteeing the fillets in butter.
Now, I’m hungry! Today’s the day I plan menus for next week’s meals, and tomorrow I’ll be doing my grocery shopping. I’m definitely including tilapia and pecans. My mouth is watering already.
Thank you for visiting today!
Do you have a favorite fish recipe?