4 servings (serving size: 1 tilapia fillet)

A weeknight favorite, this quick and easy pecan-crusted tilapia serves up moist fish with a crunchy crust.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in a shallow dish. Combine buttermilk and hot sauce in a medium bowl; place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge 1 fillet in flour. Dip in buttermilk mixture; dredge in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining fillets, flour, buttermilk mixture, and breadcrumb mixture.

Step 2

Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 fillets; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Repeat procedure with remaining oil and fillets. Serve with lemon wedges.

Ratings & Reviews


March 18, 2017
I omitted the pecans but other than that, followed the recipe exactly.  My family thought this was delicious.  Nice flavors, easy to make.  This is definitely a make over and over again recipe. 

capecodbabci's Review

April 03, 2014

jennifer3's Review

July 27, 2013
We used tilapia and it came out really tasty. My kids couldn't get enough. I would definitely make this again!

daneanp's Review

June 15, 2013
This was just ok. I needed something. Could barely taste the hot sauce. There are better CL tilapia recipes.

BeckyBredfeldt's Review

May 26, 2013
We use this recipe with Walleye, it is the best one we've found in many years for pan fried fish. Definitely our family favorite. The pecan flavor is so good that we only use a sweet balsamic vinegar or nothing at all!

Eggcellent's Review

May 01, 2013
Ok so I don't like fish. I am trying and I have to say this is a good recipe. I don't love it but if my family likes it I can do it again. Therefore it is at least a 4 out of 5. I left the hot sauce out and kept the salt lower to keep family happy.

JenniferYTD's Review

April 15, 2013
This is excellent. And, easy! My husband's asked me to make this 2 times a week. I followed another reviewer's advice and subsituted milk with an egg mixed with a little dijon mustard for the buttermilk. Honestly folks, this is very, very good.

JoyceHT's Review

April 13, 2013
Very good recipe. I used fresh minced garlic instead of garlic powder, sriracha for the hot sauce, and tilapia for the fish. The squeeze of lemon really does enhance the flavors.

spicer55's Review

April 10, 2013

spenderluke's Review

October 31, 2012
This is always a special treat for my family. We live in an area where it is hard to find fresh fish but Tilapia is always available. We love this any night of the week.