Cornmeal Crusted Tilapia


Yield: 2 servings.

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • Coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Sprig cilantro, for garnish (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Add cornmeal, to large plate or shallow baking dish. Season mixture with salt and pepper, ground coriander and chopped cilantro.
  3. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Dredge fish generously into the cornmeal mixture, coating evenly on all sides.
  4. Add oil to non-stick skillet or large sauté pan over medium high heat. When oil is hot, pan sear fish on both sides until golden, about 2 minutes per side.
  5. Transfer fish to baking sheet. Bake fish in oven until just firm to the touch and cooked through, about 5 to 7 minutes (depends on thickness of fish). Alternatively, if fish is thinner, finish cooking on stove top.