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Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish

Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish is an easy low-carb dinner idea that’s easy and so delicious with my Double Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce. And if you have family members who aren’t fans of fish, this Parmesan-baked fish just might win them over!

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Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish cooked fish on plate with salad and tartar sauce

This tasty Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish is a fish recipe that produces some of the the best-tasting fish I’ve ever cooked. It was also one of the earliest fish recipes on the blog, without a single photo for many years! And when I made it with my nephew Jake to take photos for the blog, he was skeptical about whether he was going to like it, but when we ate some with the homemade tartar sauce, Jake was completely amazed at how good it was.

This recipe is for fish that’s dipped in melted butter, then coated with a mixture of almond flour and Parmesan cheese and baked until it’s cooked through and starting to brown. Serve right away with tartar sauce and enjoy! The almond meal and finely grated Parmesan makes a crispy coating on the fish that’s gluten-free and and low in carbs besides being delicious, and I’m betting this recipe will be a hit with just about anyone who tries it.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • white fish filets, thawed if frozen
  • melted butter
  • Almond Flour (affiliate link)
  • finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic Powder (affiliate link)
  • pepper
  • fish rub, preferably Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link)

What kind of white fish can you use?

Years ago I used to make this Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish with Tilapia, but now I’d prefer another firm white fish like Snapper, Catfish, Barramundi, Cod, or Haddock.

What kind of fish rub do I use for this recipe?

I highly recommend Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link). I’ve used this for years and like it so much I buy it in six-packs from Amazon.com and give it away to friends. And I featured it as one of my Kalyn’s Kitchen Picks, along with a collection of recipes where I’ve used this tasty fish rub!

Want more Baked Fish Dinners?

Check out Low-Carb and Keto Baked Fish Dinners for lots more amazing ideas for cooking fish in the oven.

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How to make Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish:

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  1. I used melted butter to dip the fish in so the coating would stick.
  2. In a shallow bowl mix together the almond meal, finely grated Parmesan, garlic powder, pepper, and fish rub. 
  3. Put the butter in one bowl and the almond/parmesan mixture in another bowl; then dip the fish first in the butter and then in the almond meal mixture. 
  4. I sprinkle the almond mixture over and press it on with a fork.
  5. Costco had huge pieces of fish so that one in the back left corner didn’t get too much coating, but it still tasted good. 
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until the fish is barely firm to the touch and the coating is browned and crispy on the edges.
  7. Serve hot, with Double Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce.

More Tasty Dinners with Fish:

Fish Taco Cabbage Bowls 
Baked White Fish with Onions, Peppers, Olives, and Feta 
Baked Halibut with Sour Cream, Parmesan, and Dill Topping 

Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish

Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

This Low-Carb Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish is easy and delicious.


  • 4 white fish filets, thawed if frozen (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/3 cup almond flour
  • 2 T finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Szeged fish rub (optional, but recommended; see notes)


  1. Preheat oven to 425F/220C.
  2. Spray baking dish with non-stick spray.
  3. Melt butter over low heat.
  4. In a flat bowl big enough to hold the fish, mix almond flour or almond meal, Parmesan, garlic powder, lemon pepper or pepper, and Fish Rub.
  5. Dip each fish filet in butter, turning to coat both sides, then into almond mixture.
  6. Try to get as much of the almond mixture to stick to the fish as you can. (I pressed it down with a fork.)
  7. Bake 20 minutes, or until fish is firm to the touch and coating is turning golden brown.
  8. The baking time will depend on the thickness of the fish, so watch it carefully.
  9. Serve hot with Double Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce!


This recipe will work best with pieces that are at least 1/2 inch thick.

I'd probably use Almond Flour (affiliate link) for this recipe because I keep it in the freezer but coarser-ground almond meal with also work. I use Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) for all my recipes made with fish!

We ate this my Double Dill Homemade Tartar Sauce, but it would be tasty with any type of tartar sauce.

Recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 341Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 317mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 41g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish is good for low-carb or low-glycemic eating plans. The South Beach diet doesn’t recommend butter, but in this recipe you’re only eating the small amount of butter that sticks to the fish, and I would eat this for any phase of the original South Beach Diet. You can use a yogurt spread or trans-fat free margarine if you’re following the letter of the law for South Beach, but butter will give better flavor.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was posted in 2005, and it hung out in the archives of the blog without photos for several years! The recipe was updated with new photos in 2013, and it was last updated with more information in 2021.

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    63 Comments on “Almond and Parmesan Baked Fish”

  1. A crispy coating on fish is better than a piece of cheesecake in my books.

  2. Priyanka, thanks for that nice feedback.

  3. Hi Kalyn ,
    You have a lovely space and lots of innovative creations.
    And this recipe is a wonderful idea…loved it

  4. Katie, I've dipped things in egg too, but not sure if I can identify any difference. I will say that the coating on this was very tasty (which was probably the butter, lol!)

    Lydia, I agree, not turning them is the best way for this.

  5. I like the baking method because (apart from not needing extra fat) you don't have to turn the fish. So many times, with recipes for things that are breaded, when you turn the fish or meat over, all the bread crumbs fall off!

  6. Kalyn, I was just looking at this recipe today as I was trying to figure out what to make with the tilapia in my freezer. It's even more appealing now that you have a picture, and I'll give it a shot this week. When I'm breading chicken or fish, I usually dip it in egg rather than butter, but I've always wondered if you can tell a difference at the end. Have you ever experimented with this?

  7. Mari, I'm going to be making this often too, now that I've tried it again!

  8. Woohoo!! So glad to see my idea brought up an old recipe you have used previously! It is my favorite Friday night dinner 🙂

  9. Kyle and Ali I don't know where you live but Trader Joes carries an almond meal that is wonderful and not expensive at all.

  10. So glad you liked it, and by all means chop up your own almonds to make the almond meal if you have a good food processor. And I need to make this again and update with some photos!

  11. So, so , so good!! Once again, your recipes rock! Only change I made was to finely chop some almonds in the food processor rather than buying the meal (that one small bag of Bob's Red Mill kind you show is $12.50 at the store I go to – and it's not even a fancy store). With that being said though, we will continue to just chop the almonds ourselves. The tiny bit of crunch was delicious! Tasted like the breaded southern fried fish I grew up on!

  12. thanks Kalyn! I'll be trying this on tonight. Just what I was looking for!

  13. Lacey, I really like that idea of larger pieces of almonds. Sounds good to me!

  14. As I trudge my way through your South Beach friendly recipes, I find myself opening up to all kinds of new foods! I've had tilapia before, and just made this recipe for the second time tonight. I love to just dice up almonds in my nut chopper instead of using almond meal. They are so crisp and the larger almond pieces add a nice "crunch" to my fish. So good!

  15. Just wanted to let you know: I found this recipe a few months ago when I had most of a bag of almond meal left over after making my sister a gluten-free birthday cake. Since then, we’ve had it nearly every week. It is ADDICTIVE! I’m not even a big fan of fish, but wow, this is good. Thanks for posting it.

  16. OMG!! I made this on Friday, and it was the best thing ever! 🙂 I usually don’t cook fish at the house, but this recipe will make me convert. Thank you for all your great suggestions–I’m always trying your stuff.

  17. Marianne- Thanks for commenting. I love tilapia too.

    Adam – Yes, I have made cookies with almond meal a few times. I don’t remember where I found the recipe but I will see if I can scare it up and post it here. As I already confessed, I’m not that into sweets. But there was a period about 9 months ago where I had a short-lived cookie making binge.

    Alanna – I love the idea of the pecan meal. I’m going to order some. Pecans are absolutely my favorite nuts.

  18. Hi Kalyn – Very pretty site! FYI I do something similar with fish/chicken that uses pecan meal which I get from Sunnyland Farms. Harvest is in October so it’ll be available soon. It stores great in the freezer, makes wonderful bread too. Just make sure you’ll be home when the package is delivered or the squirrels will gorge! OH DEAR. Alanna

  19. I just got some Almond Flour/Meal myself–I hadn’t thought about fish, though–thanks for the inspiration! Can’t wait!

    A question for you–have you tried using Almond Flour/Meal in a cookie or cake recipe? Curious…

  20. Hi Kalyn–
    I love tilapia and I can’t wait to try this recipe! Sounds so good! Thanks so much for sharing.