Mouthwatering Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe

If you love fish, you have to try my Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe! This recipe is a healthy and tasty twist on the classic fried fish recipe. No need for deep frying, which means no added oils or fats – just a crazy oven that will crisp up your fish fillets perfectly.

Not only is this recipe mouth-wateringly delicious, but it’s also gluten-free, making it a great option for those with gluten sensitivities. The nutty crust adds a unique texture and flavor that pairs perfectly with the tender white fish fillets.

And don’t worry about spending hours in the kitchen – this recipe is quick and easy! Using ingredients that are readily available in most kitchens, this Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe is perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

Let me show you how to create a dish that will have your taste buds dancing and your family and friends begging for more. So preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and let’s get cooking!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Nutty Oven Fried Fish
Nutty Oven Fried Fish

Are you tired of the same old baked fish recipe? Look no further than this nutty oven fried fish recipe! This dish packs a crunch without the added calories from deep frying.

Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions. The combination of the nutty crust, coconut cilantro sauce, and zesty lemon make for a refreshing and flavorful meal that will leave you feeling satisfied and guilt-free.

Not to mention, the use of low-fat buttermilk in the recipe adds a creamy texture without all the excess fat seen in traditional fried fish recipes. And if you’re someone who loves to experiment with different types of fish, this recipe is perfect for you! You can use any type of white fish fillet such as orange roughy or tilapia and still achieve the same delicious results.

This nutty oven fried fish recipe is not only easy to make but also a healthier alternative to traditional deep-fried dishes. Impress your friends and family with this tasty twist on a classic fish recipe.

Ingredient List

 A crispy and flavorful crunch awaits you with Nutty Oven Fried Fish
A crispy and flavorful crunch awaits you with Nutty Oven Fried Fish

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this nutty oven fried fish recipe:

Fish fillets:

  • 4 white fish fillets (such as orange roughy) or any other firm white fish

Nutty Crust:

  • 1 cup of nutty breadcrumbs (made from any type of bread in a food processor and then toasted)
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped pecans
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard

Buttermilk Marinade:

  • 1 cup of low-fat buttermilk
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper

Coconut Cilantro Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped coconut

Don’t worry if you don’t have all the exact ingredients. I’ll give you some substitutions and variations later on.

The Recipe How-To

 Transform an ordinary fish fillet into a mouthwatering masterpiece
Transform an ordinary fish fillet into a mouthwatering masterpiece


  • 1 cup of low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 lemons, zest of
  • 1 ½ cups of nutty breadcrumbs, made from pecans and day-old bread
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 white fish fillets, such as orange roughy


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (205°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper, or spray a baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Pour the low-fat buttermilk into a shallow dish and stir in the lemon zest.
  3. In a food processor, pulse together the pecans and day-old bread until you have fine breadcrumbs that are slightly chunky. Transfer them to another shallow dish.
  4. Dip each fish fillet into the buttermilk mixture, turning it over to coat both sides.
  5. Dredge the fish in the nutty breadcrumb mixture, making sure that it is evenly coated on all sides.
  6. Gently press the breadcrumb coating into the fish using your hands, so that it adheres well.
  7. Place the fillets onto the prepared baking sheet or dish, and drizzle with olive oil
  8. Bake in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes until golden brown and crispy.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges, herb-nut crusted baked potato wedges or a coconut cilantro sauce for a spicy kick.

Pro tip: For even better results, try mixing together some Dijon mustard with the buttermilk for an extra zing of flavor!

Substitutions and Variations

 Enjoy a guilt-free twist on a classic comfort food
Enjoy a guilt-free twist on a classic comfort food

Alright, let’s dive into what makes this recipe so versatile. One of the best things about this nutty oven fried fish recipe is that it’s incredibly adaptable to your personal taste preferences.

If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can easily use regular milk instead. Or, if you’re looking for something even lighter, feel free to substitute low-fat yogurt instead of the buttermilk. You can also experiment with different types of white fish, such as orange roughy or tilapia.

If you want to add a little extra flavor, try incorporating some fresh herbs into the nutty crust mixture. A combination of rosemary and thyme would bring a lovely earthiness to the dish.

Looking for a gluten-free option? Simply substitute gluten-free breadcrumbs in place of regular breadcrumbs in the crust mixture. Another gluten-free option is to replace the flour in the dredge with cornstarch.

For a fun twist on this recipe, try using pecans instead of almonds for the nutty crust. Or, get wild with a coconut cilantro sauce by pureeing together coconut milk, cilantro, and lime juice until smooth.

Feeling inspired by other recipes? Use our nutty crust and Dijon mustard mixture as a delicious topping for baked chicken as well! With so many possible variations to this recipe, you’ll never run out of ideas for ways to enjoy it in new and exciting ways.

Serving and Pairing

 Packed with protein, healthy fats, and wonderful flavor
Packed with protein, healthy fats, and wonderful flavor

Ah, the moment of truth! You’ve prepared an incredibly tasty dish and now comes the fun part: serving and pairing. Few dishes are as versatile as this Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe. It pairs nicely with so many different foods – anything from roasted veggies to mashed potatoes or a fancy salad.

One thing to keep in mind is that the fish itself is already incredibly flavorful, so you want to pair it with something simple that won’t overshadow its nutty taste. I’d recommend pairing it with a buttery, herby side dish like my personal favorite: lemon and herb roasted potatoes.

If you’re feeling fancy, top your fish with a generous drizzle of coconut cilantro sauce for an exotic twist. This sauce is perfect for adding some extra kick and depth to your meal without overpowering it.

If you’re looking for a refreshing burst of flavor, squeeze some fresh lemon juice over your fillets. The acidity of the lemons will complement the nuttiness of the fish in just the right way.

For those who want to keep things light or gluten-free, serving it on a bed of mixed greens with a simple vinaigrette or alongside some steamed veggies would be perfection.

Overall, let your creativity flow! The possibilities are endless when pairing this nutty oven fried fish recipe. Remember that it’s an incredibly flexible dish that adapts well to different complements and accompaniments. So go ahead and experiment with what tickles your fancy!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect dish for any night of the week
The perfect dish for any night of the week

One of the advantages of this nutty oven fried fish recipe is that it can be prepared ahead of time and stored for later consumption. You can bake the fish a few hours before serving, or even a day before if you’re planning a big gathering or meal. The advantage of this approach is that it liberates your time on the day you want to serve the dish.

To store baked fish fillets, let them cool down to room temperature before placing them in an airtight container. Transfer it to the fridge and store for up to three days until you’re ready to reheat and consume them.

When reheating your nutty oven fried fish, there are a couple of methods you might try. First, you can preheat your regular oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius) and place your leftover fish onto a baking sheet coated with cooking spray, then warm for about 10 minutes until heated through.

If you’re short on time or prefer another method, try reheating the fish using a microwave oven. To do this properly, place the fish on a microwavable plate lined with damp paper towels, making sure that the pieces aren’t crowded together. Place another damp paper towel over the top and microwave it in short intervals (15-30 seconds) until heated through.

However, keep in mind that these reheating methods may not recreate the crispy crust found in freshly baked nutty oven fried fish – but they still taste delicious!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Golden-brown perfection straight out of the oven
Golden-brown perfection straight out of the oven

Achieving the perfect crunch in your Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe is key. Here are my top tips to guarantee that your dish turns out crispy and delicious every time.

First and foremost, make sure to use low-fat buttermilk as a base for the coating mixture. It gives the fish a tangy flavor and helps the nutty crust stick to the fish. If you’re lactose intolerant or prefer a dairy-free option, you can substitute the buttermilk with unsweetened almond milk or soy milk.

Next, don’t forget to preheat your oven at 400°F before baking. This ensures that your fish will cook evenly and will be crisp on the outside while remaining juicy on the inside.

Another tip is to lightly oil your baking sheet or baking dish before placing the fish fillets on it. You can use olive oil or cooking spray for this task. This prevents sticking, which means less hassle when cleaning up later.

When making nutty breadcrumbs for your recipe, try using herb nuts like rosemary or thyme instead of regular roasted nuts. This adds extra flavor and a unique twist to the dish. You can also experiment by combining different types of nuts, such as pecans and almonds or macadamia and hazelnuts, for an enhanced taste experience.

If you want to amp up the flavors even further, add some orange or lemon zest when making your nutty crust or serve with a zesty cilantro sauce on the side. This adds a refreshing burst of citrus that complements the nuttiness of the crust perfectly.

Finally, if you’re looking for a gluten-free option, you can substitute regular breadcrumbs with gluten-free breadcrumbs or even crushed cornflakes – both work well in this recipe.

By following these tips, you can achieve restaurant-quality Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe every time you make it. With its nutty crust and tangy buttermilk coating, this dish is sure to impress any seafood lover – whether they’re gluten-free or not!


As a professional culinary assistant, I know that every recipe has some questions that may arise in the mind of its readers. So, to make sure that you get the best possible outcome, here is a list of frequently asked questions about the Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe. Let’s dive into them and clear any confusion that might exist.

Should you Coat fish in flour before frying?

To achieve a mouthwatering crispy texture on your fish, it’s crucial not to miss the flour coating step. This simple yet crucial process not only prevents the fillet from absorbing excess oil but also helps keep it intact. For even heat distribution, using a heavy-bottomed pan is recommended.

How do you keep battered fish crispy in the oven?

Here’s a pro tip to make sure your fried foods stay crispy: Set up a cooling rack over a baking sheet and place your just-fried goodies on it. If you’re frying multiple batches and need to keep them all warm, pop the entire setup in a low oven. This way, your food stays crispy and warm as you continue frying and adding to the rack.

What to Soak fish in before frying?

For those who fancy frying or grilling lean, white fish, achieving a perfectly cooked result can be challenging. However, soaking the fish in a brine solution for about 30 minutes before cooking can make a world of difference. The brine, which is essentially a salt solution, can help the fish get firmer, whiter, and easier to handle. Additionally, the fish’s flesh will be more succulent and flavorsome after being seasoned with the brine solution.

Bottom Line

In the end, Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe is a great choice for anyone looking to add flavor and nutrition to their diet, while enjoying a delicious and easy-to-make seafood dish. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or for a group of guests, this recipe offers endless possibilities for customization and variation. With its nutty crust, zesty lemon zest, and refreshing cilantro sauce, it is sure to be a hit with everyone who tries it.

So if you’re in the mood for some crispy fish fillets that are baked rather than fried, give this recipe a try. You’ll love the healthy twist on an old classic that this dish provides. And if you want to make sure your dinner is gluten-free or low-fat, just substitute the ingredients accordingly.

In conclusion, Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe is not only delicious but also healthier than traditional fried fish recipes. With its nutty flavors and zesty accents, it will become a new favorite in your recipe collection. So don’t hesitate to try out this recipe today and enjoy its benefits for yourself!

Nutty Oven Fried Fish

Nutty Oven Fried Fish Recipe

A great way to have fish without feeling guilty. It tastes good with tartar sauce on the side. I like tilapia, orange roughy or catfish.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood
Calories 285.5 kcal


  • 4 (4 ounce) fish fillets (your choice)
  • 3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumb
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped nuts, pecan is my choice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemons, zest of
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix breadcrumbs, chopped nuts and lemon zest together, and place on a large plate.
  • Dip each fish fillet in buttermilk, then into the breadcrumb/nut mix.
  • Press gently to coat.
  • Place each fillet on baking sheet, bake 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 178gCalories: 285.5kcalCarbohydrates: 19.9gProtein: 32gFat: 8.3gSaturated Fat: 1.5gCholesterol: 63.8mgSodium: 592.7mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 3.3g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Easy, healthy, High In…, High Protein, Oven
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