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Easy Coconut Crusted Tilapia!…

Posted Oct 03 2012 6:56am

Hi there!  Happy Wednesday to you!  Does it feel like this week is flying by really quickly to all of you like it does to me?  I can hardly believe it’s Wednesday already.  I’m not complaining though.  I’d like for this week to go by quickly.  It’s been a busy one work wise.  That is fine by me.  This weather has been pretty crazy lately too.  It’s been raining and the cooler temperatures have gone.  It’s supposed to be in the 80′s today.  I’m not liking that!  I want the cooler temperatures to settle in so I can wear fall clothes and boots.  I love the cool and crisp temperatures.  Inside of my office it feels like fall because they have the air conditioner turned up so high but once you go outside, it feels anything but fall.  I think the temperatures are supposed to drop later in the week which is something I am looking forward to.

So last night for dinner, Mike and I were really excited to cook together.  We have both taken a liking to tilapia.  I can’t even remember when the first time we tried it was but ever since we tried it, we both really like it.  Since all of my stomach issues, I’ve been experimenting with foods that are light and gentle on my stomach and fish seems to be one of them.  I do get bored with eating chicken and turkey so fish is a nice alternative.  We had never prepared  fresh fish at home before.  We’ve only had frozen so this was definitely going to be an experiment.

ShopRite is selling tilapia for $3.99 a pound with in-store coupon until Saturday!  That is an incredible deal especially when it is normally $7.99 a pound.  Typically a pound is about 4 filets, give or take a little more.  So that is more than plenty for two people especially when I can only eat one filet myself.  We decided to try our hand at our own recipe and see what came of it.  It actually turned out great!  So I’m looking forward to sharing.

Keep in mind with this recipe, I am using estimates for the amounts of ingredients that we used.  We didn’t use specific measurements.  We eyeballed the amount.  So you might want to do so when making this recipe as well.  You want enough mixture to coat the fish.

Easy Coconut Crusted Tilapia


1 pound of fresh filet Tilapia (frozen might work for this too as long as it is thawed out)

1/2 cup (possibly more) coconut flakes – sweetened is fine, we couldn’t find unsweetened

1/2 cup panko bread crumbs (possibly more)



1 egg


Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Crack open one egg and scramble in a bowl.

Set up a mixing station in a casserole dish with the panko bread crumbs and the coconut flakes.  Make sure the bread crumbs and coconuts are combined well together.

Take one filet and season both sides with salt and pepper.  Dip in the egg and then coat with the panko bread crumbs and coconut flake mixture.  Use as much coating as you want to cover the fish.  Continue until each filet has the desired amount of coating.

Bake in the oven on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray for about 20 minutes or until the top the golden brown and the fish is flaky.  Enjoy!


Panko Bread Crumb and Coconut Flake mixture


Egg scrambled and ready to coat the fish!


Fresh tilapia ready to go!

Fish breaded and ready to bake in the oven!


Nicely golden brown and ready to be enjoyed!

Coconut Crusted Tilapia!


My dinner plate

We decided to serve our fish with some baked french fries.  I had entirely too many vegetables the night before and it really didn’t leave my stomach feeling too good.  So I wanted to keep things light and have a side dish that I know my stomach can handle, which is potatoes.  I would probably serve this though with a vegetable and either a potato or rice.

This fish was light and flaky and had great flavor.  I only wish that we used more coconut which is why I mentioned earlier to eyeball your measurements so that you have enough of each ingredient that you want to use.  I love the flavor that coconut gives.  It’s tropical tasting to me and reminds of me our honeymoon.  This mixture would taste great on chicken too, I’m sure!  I would totally make this again and I want to try it on chicken.  I really recommend trying tilapia if you have never had it before.  It’s great and it doesn’t taste fishy at all!

Do you like tilapia?  What is your favorite type of fish?  Are you a fan of coconut flavored foods or drinks?

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