I don’t prepare a lot of fish, but this recipe is one I really enjoy serving. Tilapia is a mild fish that is easy to cook and inexpensive. It is usually a fish dish to encourage children to try, as it does have a mild flavor and is easily complimented with flavorful toppings, such as the pineapple salsa with this recipe.
Tilapia is lean and moist. Weight Watcher point counters love it, as a Tilapia fillet can have as few as 2 points! For a quick preparation, just add a little butter and lemon to a fillet and microwave for 5 minutes.
This recipe takes more time than a quick microwave but is certainly worth the effort -- which is still minimal for such a delicious and healthy dish. The nut topping adds a crunch and good flavor, and the pineapple salsa sets this dish just right with its spicy-sweet flavor.
Nut-Crusted Tilapia with Pineapple Salsa
1/2 cup flour
salt and pepper to season
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup cashews or macadamia nuts, crushed
3 tilapia fillets
1 cup pineapple, crushed or bits
1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
1/2 jalapeno, seeds removed, minced
1/4 cup minced cilantro
Put flour, egg and nuts in three separate dishes. Dredge each fillet first in flour, then egg and finally the nuts. Place on baking sheet that has been sprayed with any non-stick cooking spray. Bake in preheated 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
While fish is baking, prepare the salsa topping. Combine the pineapple, onion, jalapeno and cilantro and stir well. Spoon salsa on top of baked tilapia.