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cornmeal crusted tilapia (gf, df)

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Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia I One Lovely LifeHappy Halloween! I hope you have something fun planned for the holiday. Today, I’m excited to say that this is my first post as a member of the Secret Recipe Club. Each month, we do basically a “secret santa” recipe exchange. We’re each secretly assigned a blog to cook a recipe from and then we all reveal which blog we had on the same day. It’s a great way to get to know some new blogs and try some new recipes!

This month, I was assigned to cook something from the blog Eat, Knit, Grow. I enjoyed looking through the recipes on the site, and in the end decided on Lindsay’s Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia recipe. I tweaked it just a bit, and loved how it turned out!

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia I One Lovely LifeIt’s no secret I’m a big tilapia fan. It’s an easy fish to work with, has a mild flavor and is less expensive than so many other fish on the market. We love any fish with a bit of crunch without having to deep-fry, so we were very drawn to this cornmeal crust.

To make the recipe our own, I doubled it (so we’d have 4 fillets) and added a bit of lemon zest to the cornmeal mixture. This added a bit more lemon flavor, and I really enjoyed the brightness it brought to the dish.

The texture was great, and I thought this method would be really great in a sandwich or with a bit of cajun seasoning in the cornmeal mixture. You could also switch the parsley for another herb–dill or basil would be nice. Thanks, Lindsay!

Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia I One Lovely Life

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Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia

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  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • 1/2c cornmeal*
  • 1/2tsp salt
  • 1/2tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • zest of one lemon (reserve lemon to slice into wedges for serving)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus more if necessary


  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. On a shallow plate, combine cornmeal, salt, pepper, parsley, and lemon zest. Dredge tilapia fillets in the cornmeal mixture. Cook fillets 2 at a time, about 3 minutes on the first side and 1-2 minutes on the second side. (Add additional olive oil to the pan if necessary.)
  2. Slice the lemon into wedges and serve with tilapia.


*Gluten & Dairy Free Notes: Be sure your cornmeal is gluten free. Cornmeal itself doesn’t contain any gluten ingredients, but it’s often processed on shared equipment. Arrowhead Mills, Bob’s Red Mill, Hodgson Mill, and Safeway all make gluten free cornmeal.


  1. I’m from Group C but I’m an honorary Group D member this week, welcome to SRC. Cornmeal on fish is delish…a little rhyme for ya. I have some flounder that I may give this treatment too, I can many flavor possibilities.

  2. Found you on Pinterest, which sounds really creepy, but I love your blog! My boyfriend is trying to lose weight but also wants to eat all his yummy favorites like cornbread, etc. Thanks for posting some really good/easy/healthy looking recipes!

  3. I’ve made something similar so I can imagine how good this was! The photos are great! We eat tilapia a lot around here too but most days I’m lazy and just sprinkle it w/ Tony Chachere’s before pan frying it for a few minutes on each side. Gotta love a simple, delicious meal!

  4. We’ve never used cornmeal in a tilapia recipe! It looks absolutely delicious! We recently found another recipe for pumpkin seed encrusted tilapia! So many wonderful recipes to be found!

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