Coconut Crusted Tilapia {Gluten Free}


This is a recipe I’ve been wanting to share with you for about 7 months. No joke. But I had a few technical difficulties along the way… well, I still kinda do… but I love the recipe so much that I just decided to suck it up and share it. The technical difficulties you ask?

Fish does not photograph well. At all.


Coconut Crusted Tilapia // pumpkin & peanut butter


I initially tried to share this recipe back in November, but with only my iPhone as a camera and my lack of food photography skills, that was just an epic FAIL. I knew better than to post those disasters back then and thought I should get some more experience under my belt before I attempted to tackle this fish again. Definitely a good choice on my part.

Fast forward to February and I tried again with my new Canon Rebel, but I was still learning how to use a DSLR (well, I still am haha) and those weren’t much better than the first round. Sad story.

So here we are in July and I decided to try one last time. I seriously make this dish once a week because we love it that much and it’s SO easy, so I knew it was time to buckle down and get it right. Honestly, I’m still not happy with the photos, but I had to suppress the perfectionist inside me and just do it because this recipe is that good. We’ll get to that in a minute though…


Coconut Crusted Tilapia // pumpkin & peanut butter


This photo debacle came at the perfect time because I had just read Plant Crush’s post on perfectionism and food blogging. She shared a similar story about not wanting to post a recipe simply because the photos didn’t look “perfect” to her (by the way, they’re beautiful) and I totally related. It was like she wrote that post just for me! She went on to reminding herself that blogging is all about growth and that not every post or picture is going to be a masterpiece. And that’s ok. 

Food blogging definitely seems like the kind of hobby for type A personalities. That just makes sense. But that also means that we type A people are going to hold ourselves to obnoxiously high standards when it comes to our blogs. I love her reminder to us that blogging is all about creativity and growth. It is the way we express ourselves and share our passions with all those awesome strangers out there who share our love for food and a healthy lifestyle. That’s why we started our blogs in the first place! Thanks for the reminder Ann!

Perfect, smerfect. If a recipe is good, I’m going to share it anyways 🙂


Coconut Crusted Tilapia // pumpkin & peanut butter


So back to this fish. Oh how I love this recipe! The combination of almond meal and shredded coconut makes this light, slightly-crunchy crust that simple melts in your mouth. This recipe is super simple as well, which makes it an easy weeknight dinner that you can throw together in less than 30 minutes. Did I mention it’s gluten free as well? Now you see why I had to post it 😉


Coconut Crusted Tilapia // pumpkin & peanut butter

Coconut Crusted Tilapia

Serves 2-3
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free
Meal type Main Dish


  • 2 medium sized tilapia filets
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


Step 1
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with foil and set aside.
Step 2
Get out two bowls. In one bowl, crack an egg and whisk together with brown mustard. In the second bowl, mix together shredded coconut, almond meal, salt and pepper. Dip the tilapia into the egg, then into the coconut mixture. Place onto the foiled baking sheet. Use a spoon to sprinkle more of the coconut mixture on top of the tilapia if necessary.
Step 3
Bake for 15 minutes, or until the coconut is just turning golden brown and the fish is cooked through. I served mine with homemade steak fries and a side salad 🙂


Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!


  1. Sounds really good. Would you recommend this recipe for other types of fish rather than tilapia

    • I think it would work for most white fish, though I’ve never tried it with anything but tilapia before.

    • Thanks Beeta! Coconut makes such a great crust!

  2. Sounds like a dish we make here in the Philippines. 🙂

    P.S. Your pics are fine. 🙂

    • Aww thanks 🙂 I’ll have to look that up!

    • Thanks Aileen! It’s definitely one of my favorites 🙂

  3. Hi Liz!! Omg I’m so sorry for the super late comment on this post! I saw it when it went up and I wanted to comment but I was on the road! Thank you for sharing my post about perfectionism and food blogging. I’m so glad that you could relate to that post and got something out of it (and thank you for the kind compliments). I love that you said it seemed like I wrote that post for you—it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one who feels anxious about my work sometimes! Blogging is a journey; I always have to remind myself that. So thankful to have support from such sweet and passionate folks like you! 🙂

    PS: lovely photos, and I think the green plates were a genius choice in these photos; they make the food stand out!! I have some recipes I’ve been “hiding” because of photo issues, too…time to face those challenges! haha.

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