This oven fried Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Tilapia is topped with a homemade Dijon caper sauce that takes it over the top.
Easy Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Tilapia Recipe
I enjoy cooking fresh fish and seafood in my own kitchen. For this dish I chose fresh water Tilapia because it cooks quickly and it's a great dinner choice any night of the week. The flavor is mild and delicate and leaves you feeling satisfied without being too full.
How to Make the Best Oven Fried Pistachio Crusted Tilapia Recipe
It doesn't matter which coast you live on, we all love to indulge on the bountiful supply of fresh seafood. While some people may be intimidated by preparing a variety of seafood dishes, this tilapia is simple to make.
- Ingredients you'll need to make this recipe for Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Tilapia: Chopped pistachio nuts, Parmesan seasoned bread crumbs. Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and black pepper, seafood seasoning i.e. Old Bay or similar, tilapia fillets, buttermilk, large eggs and melted butter.
- To make the optional Dijon Caper sauce you'll need: Mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, Dijon mustard, capers, tarragon, salt, sugar and onion powder as well as fresh lemon juice.
- The pistachio Parmesan breading will work on any fish you choose it doesn't have to be tilapia.
- You can also use the same breading for pork chops or chicken.
- Fish just like chicken, is extremely versatile, and can be prepared in so many different ways. In this case, I chose to oven fry it with a nutty pistachio breadcrumb crust.
- The creamy sauce really compliments the flavor of the fish without taking over and it's a nice change from a run of the mill tarter sauce. It's optional of course, if time is an issue.
- When seafood is on the dinner menu, classic side dishes don't fall very far behind. A couple of recipes you can find in the recipe index here on MSSK is my creamy Southern style cole slaw and crispy fried hushpuppies to round out your seafood feast.
- It's also fun to serve crab hush puppies as an appetizer to kick off a backyard barbecue as they always disappear in a hurry.
- Whether you're entertaining, or in the mood to throw down a homestyle shrimp boil for the family, you'll save money and time making a seafood feast at home.
- You may also like this recipe for Pistachio Pesto Lemon Shrimp from Taste of Home.
More Southern Style Seafood Recipes to Make
We love our seafood in the South and depending on the region, you'll find it served in many different ways. Some fan favorites you can find in the recipe index that you may like to try:
- Crispy and golden Beer Battered Fish is restaurant quality you can make at home.
- Crab Hush Puppies can be served as a side dish or an appetizer.
- Maple Glazed Salmon is a busy day meal ready in no time flat.
- Old fashioned Salmon Patties won't break the bank.
- Perfectly seasoned Air Fryer Shrimp.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Pistachio Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with a Dijon-Caper Sauce
- ½ cup pistachio nuts chopped
- 1 cup Parmesan flavored Italian bread crumbs [such as Progresso]
- ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and black pepper to taste
- 6 6 oz Tilapia fillets
- seafood seasoning to taste [i.e. Old Bay]
- ½ cup buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 4 tablespoon butter or light butter melted
- For the Dijon-Caper Sauce: [Mix together and chill]
- 1 cup light mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 2 tablespoon drained capers
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
- ½ teaspoon each coarse sea salt sugar & onion powder
- 1 small lemon juiced
- black pepper to taste
- Make the sauce in advance mixing all of the ingredients together until well blended. Chill well before serving.
- To oven fry the fish: Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray liberally with a butter flavored cooking spray.
- Mix together pistachios, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, salt and black pepper to your taste. Set aside.
- Beat together eggs and buttermilk in a separate dish.
- Season the tilapia fillets with Old Bay seasoning on both sides, then dip them into the egg/buttermilk wash and bread crumb coating. Press coating onto fillets.
- Place the breaded fillets onto the prepared cookie sheet and drizzle each piece with melted butter or margarine.
- Bake for 12 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.
- Drizzle with Dijon-Caper sauce and serve immediately.
Don't be tempted to increase the oven temperature to speed up the cooking time. The pistachio nuts can burn easily, if the oven is too hot.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 1058mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 580IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 138mg | Iron: 2mg
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Love, love, love your recipes, Melissa. Have made many of them and they’re all winners. This breaded tilapia looks great. I’ll use another fish and will definitely try with chicken breasts. Might even try on steamed veggies such as cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli. Yummy. Thanks again, Melissa.
Hi Joanna, thank you SO much. You can certainly adapt this recipe using any flaky fish that you enjoy. You're the best! xoxo
How exciting, I'm delighted! 🙂
i have a cafe in charleston, wv, and plan to have this simple lovely meal on our menu next week. thanks! keep up the blogging...i love your site.