Pecan Crusted Fish
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Recipe Checklist:
  • ½ C Pecan Halves (Shelled)
  • 4, 6 oz. Skinless Tilapia Filets
  • 3 T Whole Butter
  • 1 ½ t Salt (To Taste)
  • ½ t Black Pepper (To Taste)
Tools & Equipment
  • Cutting Board
  • Chefs Knife
  • Medium Saute Pan
Estimated Time
15 Minutes
Serves 4-6
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Begin your preparation work by removing your Tilapia from the refrigerator. It should be Tempered before use.

Chop your half cup of Pecan Nut halves with a Chef’s Knife or break out the Food Processor and process the Pecans until they are finely chopped. Spread the chopped nuts out evenly in a shallow bowl suitable for Dredging.


Place a Sauté Pan on Medium/High Heat and let it build up some heat. Once there is some heat in the pan add in the Whole Butter. Let the Butter Melt until it approaches its Smoke Point, which is a Visual Clue that the pan is hot enough to Sauté the Tilapia.

Before the Filets go into the pan, Rub them with the Salt and the Pepper then Dredge them in the Chopped Pecans.

Add the Tilapia to the Sauté Pan. Sauté it on both sides until it is nicely Browned. It should take about 3 or 4 minutes a side. If you are in doubt about the level of doneness, use the Palm Test, carefully, to check the Tilapia. The Tilapia will likely be too thin to have its Internal Temperature taken with a Meat Thermometer.

Remove the crusted Tilapia from the pan and Plate it for service. Serving the crusted Tilapia with lemon wedges will add a bit of Flair, Smart Kitchen’s 4th Lever of Cooking.

Remember when working with Nuts like Pecans that some of your diners or guests may be allergic. Communicate with them to prevent any accidents.