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Week of May 14, 2012
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Tilapia Crusted with Almonds and Whole Wheat

from the
American Institute for Cancer Research

Fish is nutritious and many Americans could benefit from eating more. The trick is finding interesting new ways to prepare it. Crusting and baking fish is an excellent way to keep it moist and provide a luscious texture.

It starts with the coating. Although we consider almonds to be nuts, botanically the almond tree is related to fruit trees like peaches and plums. Almonds contain heart healthy unsaturated fats, vitamin E and fiber. They have a somewhat bitter, yet pleasant taste.

Whole-wheat bread crumbs add extra crunch and fiber to the crust. The herbs and seasonings provide fresh flavor and the egg is crucial for binding the crumbs to the filet. The result is a delicious fish that pairs well with almost any side dish.

For example, add a slice of fresh grilled pineapple. Pop a slice of pineapple under the broiler, or on the grill, for three or four minutes. Complete your meal with a medley of steamed garden vegetables, such as a combination of carrots, broccoli and green beans, and you have a great lunch or dinner.

Baked Tilapia

Tilapia Crusted with Almonds and Whole Wheat

  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. dried parsley or 2 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. whole almonds (about 14-15 nuts)
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 lb. tilapia

Preheat oven to 425 degrees and coat baking dish with cooking spray.

Beat egg in mixing bowl and add lemon juice, oil, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, parsley, and salt and pepper, combining well.

Process almonds and bread crumbs together in food processor or blender to a medium coarse crumb. Transfer to bowl.

Dip fish into egg mixture. Then dredge in crumb-nut mixture, coating both sides well. Place breaded fillets on prepared cooking dish.

Bake for 17 minutes and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Per serving: 265 calories, 9 g total fat (1.5 g saturated fat), 15 g carbohydrate,
30 g protein, 1 g dietary fiber, 226 mg sodium.


The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $100 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.

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