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Macadamia Crusted Tilapia Recipe

Macadamia Crusted Tilapia Recipe

A refreshing pineapple salsa complements these crispy golden fillets. The colorful entree will make an impression with guests. I like to garnish each fillet with whole macadamia nuts. —Jennifer Fisher, Austin, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-3/4 cups macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


  • 1. In a shallow bowl, whisk eggs and cayenne. Place flour and macadamia nuts in separate shallow bowls. Coat tilapia with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with nuts.
  • 2. Place on a greased baking sheet; drizzle with butter. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  • 3. Meanwhile, in a small serving bowl, combine the pineapple, red pepper, onions, sugar, jalapeno, lime juice and ginger; sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with fish. Yield: 4 servings (1-1/2 cups salsa).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 681 calories, 51g fat (10g saturated fat), 135mg cholesterol, 233mg sodium, 44g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 6g fiber), 19g protein.

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linsvin User ID: 1584655 66746
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2009

"Alot going on with the different flavors...hard to taste the fish. Make sure you finely ground the nuts and apply lightly on the fillets. Will make again but not smother the fish with the salsa."

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