Tortilla Crusted Tilapia Recipe

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Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

Naomi Nakashima


Last year we started seeing this new item at the grocery stores from "Sea Cuisine"... they were fillets of fish with interesting crusts and coatings on them.

They sound just wonderful, but at $7 for a package of 2, there's no way our budget would allow for that. We would need 3 packs just to feed this house! So, instead, my husband and I have been working on developing our own recipes inspired by these, and this is the first one. Enjoy!

★★★★★ 2 votes
30 Min
10 Min


tilapia fillets
corn tortillas
jalapeno peppers
red pepper
4 tsp
lime juice
1/2 c
fresh cilantro
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
chili powder
1 tsp
garlic powder
egg white
salt and pepper to taste


1Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Lay the tortillas out on baking sheets... *do not let them overlap*. Bake until they are dry and crispy, but not too brown (about 8-9 minutes on each side depending on your oven). Then let them cool completely.
2Meanwhile, seed and chop your jalapeno pepper. Set aside.
3Break up the cooled tortillas and place them into the food processor and pulse until they resemble coarse bread crumbs. Add the jalapeno peppers, cumin, cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder, and chili powder and continue to pulse until everything is uniform. Season with salt and pepper while you're pulsing.
4Make sure that your tilapia filets are completely dry. The crust doesn't stick as well if they are wet at all. Meanwhile, beat the egg and the egg white in a separate bowl. Prepare your baking sheet by spraying it with a little cooking spray and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
5Dip each filet into the egg mixture and then coat with the tortilla mixture. The tortilla mixture may give issues with sticking, it takes a bit of work and manipulating and patting to get it to stick together. Then place each filet onto your baking sheet.
6Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until fish is done and crust is crispy.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Healthy