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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:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe with nutritional information.)

  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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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!

Notes

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:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

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. Kim, so glad you liked it!

  2. Made this tonight and it is AH-mazing! I do not like fish, so I'm always on the lookout for a fish recipe I can tolerate. Well, I ate two pieces, plus cleaned up my kids' plates. My older daughter even agreed it was delicious and she does not eat fish either. I am adding this to my regular recipe rotation. Sooooooo delicious! Thank you!

  3. Michele, I think that would definitely work. Love to hear how it turns out if you try it. The only thing I'm wondering is if the butter or olive oil/butter combo would keep the fish more moist as it cooks.

  4. Hi Kalyn – This sounds delicious! I am wondering if the fish could be dipped in milk or milk and egg as is done in the South with chicken. I feel that using butter really masks the flavor of fish. Might try this tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

  5. This sounds great! I'm wondering if you could just dip the fish in milk, or milk and egg, like Southerners do with chicken. I might give it a try and let you know how it goes!

  6. I think most any brand of ground nuts would work for this recipe. However I can't publish comments recommending other brands even from they are from people who mean well; that just encourages spam comments on the blog.

  7. Becky I love Riverhorse; will have to try one of those dishes. I did love this and plan to make it often.

  8. I LOVE any nut-crusted fish recipe! There is a restaurant in Park City (Riverhorse) that serves Macadamia Crusted Halibut and Pistachio Crusted Trout, both are amazing! I'll have to try this one soon.

  9. Molly, U.S. farm raised tilapia is rated as a "best choice" by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch. But any type of mild white fish would work with this recipe.

  10. I don't use tilapia because I only buy wild raised fish and have only seen this fish farm raised. Is there an appropriate substitute? I love the ground almond meal from Trader Joe's and frequently use it as a substitute for breading.

  11. yum! tilapia is my favourite fish.

  12. Sounds absolutely wonderful!! Celiac runs in my family so I am always looking for new gluten free recipes! Can't wait to try this one!! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Good catch, and I think you can use either pepper or lemon pepper. Good to know it's tasty on cod too.

  14. Hi, I made this recipe last night, but in the ingredients you noted "pepper", in the directions you mentioned "lemon pepper"..? (Melt butter and margarine together over low heat. In a flat bowl big enough to hold the fish, mix almond meal, Parmesan, garlic powder, lemon pepper and Fish Rub in a flat dish.)
    Soooo, I used lemon pepper and it was outstanding ! Also I used Cod. Highly recommend this to everyone.

  15. ChicaJo, the almonds really add a nice flavor to it.

    Joanne, so glad. I'm going to thaw out some tilapia just so I can make it again!

  16. I'm so glad you reposted this! I have some tilapia in the freezer that I've been completely ambivalent about making…but now you've gotten me excited about it!

  17. Sounds delicious Kalyn! I make something similar using fish or chicken but never thought to add almonds to the crust…oh yum! Taking notes 🙂

  18. Shirley, glad you like it and I was very happy that it won Jake over as well.

  19. Gorgeous, Kalyn! I am crazy about fish and these particular ingredients. Makes me want to run out and buy tilapia. I've used a similar combination of these ingredients for fish and chicken. As you say, they're naturally gluten free and so crisp and tasty. Truly hard to beat in my book. So nice that this method made a new tilapia convert of Jake; that's a testimonial in itself! 🙂

    Shirley

  20. Val, I'm a crisp savory girl too!