Pine Nut-Crusted Tilapia

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


4 servings

Updated: Aug. 25, 2023
This golden-brown fish has a tender texture, a nutty coating and a hint of sweet honey. It is fast to fix and can be served for a special family meal or when you want to impress guests. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
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  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, ground
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 tilapia fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Additional honey, optional


  1. In a shallow bowl, combine the pine nuts, flour, dill and lemon pepper. In another shallow bowl, combine the egg, lemon juice and honey. Dip fillets into egg mixture, then coat with nut mixture.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, cook fish in butter over medium heat until fillets just begin to flake easily with a fork, 4-5 minutes on each side. If desired, drizzle with additional honey.
Pine Nut-Crusted Tilapia Tips

Where can you purchase pine nuts?

Since pine nuts have become popular in cooking and baking, most grocery stores carry them. But because they're not really a snacking nut, they're more likely found in the baking aisle or near Italian products such as jarred pesto or sun-dried tomatoes, or even near the specialty cheeses. Other stores have them in large bulk bins sold by weight.

Can you use other kinds of nuts to make this recipe?

Don’t shy away from this pine nut-crusted tilapia recipe if you don’t have pine nuts on hand. Substitute macadamia nuts, blanched almonds or hazelnuts to keep the color light and the flavor mellow. Other mild fish filets, like orange roughy, whitefish or walleye could be swapped for tilapia as well.

What can you serve with pine nut-crusted tilapia?

Try this creamy spinach orzo as a complement to your fresh fish. The bright colors and tender crisp snap of veggies in this pasta make a perfect addition, too.

Catherine Ward, Taste of Home Prep Kitchen Manager

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet: 359 calories, 20g fat (6g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 144mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 1g fiber), 36g protein.

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