Baked Tilapia with Fish Scale Potatoes

Andy Anderson !


I learned this technique at Cordon Bleu, many years ago. It has wonderful presentation, and tastes excellent.

It would be brilliant to serve at a nice holiday dinner party, and to be truthful, any type of fish filet will do quite nicely.

The original technique for this recipe was a bit difficult to master, so I simplified it by baking the fish in the oven, as opposed to pan-frying.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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15 Min
20 Min



  • 1 large
    russet potato
  • 3 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 large
    filet, tilapia or other firm white fish
  • 1 large
    egg yolk, whipped with a teaspoon of water
  • ·
    salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • ·
    black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • ·
    dill, for garnish (optional)

How to Make Baked Tilapia with Fish Scale Potatoes


  2. Gather your ingredients.
  3. Thinly slice the potatoes.
  4. Chef’s Tip: For consistency, I strongly recommend using a mandoline slicer.
  5. Use a small round cutter to make 3/4 inch (2 cm) disks.
  6. Add the butter to a small skillet, over medium heat.
  7. When the foaming subsides, add the potato rounds.
  8. Chef's Note: Cook until the rounds begin to soften, but before they begin to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  9. Remove the rounds from the skillet, and lightly dust one side with flour.
  10. Chef’s Note: Reserve the leftover butter in the skillet.
  11. Lightly score the filet, at 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) intervals.
  12. Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 375f (190c).
  13. Place the filet on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  14. Brush the filet with the egg wash, and then season with salt and pepper.
  15. Arrange the potato rounds (flour side down) on top of the filet, overlapping them to resemble the scales on a fish.
  16. Use the remainder of the butter from the skillet, to lightly brush over the tops of the potato rounds, and then season with a bit more salt & pepper.
  17. Place into the oven, and bake until the fish is cooked and flakey, about 20 minutes.
  18. Finish by placing under the broiler until the potato rounds begin to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  20. My favorite way to plate this is to put some sauce on the bottom of a plain white dish, and then carefully lay the fish on top. Enjoy.
  21. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Baked Tilapia with Fish Scale Potatoes

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: French

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