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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.

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. This came out so good. The combination of the “breading” of almond flour, Parmesan, garlic powder, lemon pepper and fish rub combined with the tartar sauce was so tasty. Scrumptious. My wife said I outdid myself. I’m going to try it with Almond Meal and see how that tastes. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I baked this at 425 degrees for 20 minutes instead of frying. It was delicious! 

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  4. a truly awesome and super simple variation of this is to just use melted bacon butter and almond meal, salt and pepper to taste…loved it!!

  5. Allie, bless you for the nice comment! Feedback like that really makes my day. And so glad you're enjoying the recipe.

  6. Thank you so much for this recipe, it's my go-to breading for tilapia now! Thank you for all the time and energy you put into this blog for people you may never meet. Bless you!! – Allie 🙂

  7. Thanks Jessica; I love hearing it was a hit!

  8. My husband and I started SB this week and have fallen in love win your site! We made this tilapia tonight and will keep this in our recipe box for a long time. Our 3 year old ate her whole fillet and said I was "the best cooker". Thanks for putting so much time into your site and I look forward to making more recipes 🙂

  9. Leslie, glad you enjoyed it!

  10. Oh My God, this is the best! I have been doing atkins for 6 months and love it, but I really wanted to find a way to do "breading" without the bread! Thanks to the Almond flour and parm in this this was honestly the best ever and I think it was even better than traditional breading or batter. I used a little melted butter whipped with an egg for the first dip and then coated in parm cheese, almond flour, and garlic mix. Really yummy – thanks so much!

  11. Wasabigrrl, so glad you both enjoyed it so much!

  12. The best baked fish I've ever eaten. My Mom, the fish hater, loved it and asked me to fix it again. Thanks so much.

  13. My husband and I first tried this recipe last year when we started the South Beach diet, and it remains one of our favorites!

    My slight variation is that instead of dipping and coating on both sides, I stir the melted butter together with the almond meal and spices to make sort of a paste, then place the fish in the baking dish and spoon the mixture on top. I add cheese to the top 10 minutes before the finish so it melts on top. It stays plenty moist, and is much easier that way.

    Thanks very much for this and all the other wonderful recipes you share! They've really made following South Beach infinitely more fun and easy – and delicious!

  14. Lydia, would love to hear how it works with cod if you try it.

    Alyssa, lucky you to have wild-caught halibut. I'm sure that would be amazing.

  15. This looks so good. I have some wild caught halibut in my freezer that I want to do something new with – i think this would be great!

  16. I was also thinking about cod, as it's much easier to find at my fish market than tilapia. I'm sure it would be delicious.

  17. Wanda, haven't tried roasting cod but I'm guessing it would work.

  18. Need this fish dish Kalyn. Sounds so good…perhaps it would work well with Cod filets too. I love fish at least 2 x a week and need more recipes.
    Can't wait to try this.

  19. So glad you have been enjoying it!

  20. My niece LOVES this recipe, especially with the tartar sauce. We usually make it with basa or swai, both of which are mild-flavored, fine-textured white fish–mostly because they go on sale around here more often than tilapia does.

    Thanks, Kalyn!