This keto-friendly, fried and crispy fish is one of my family’s favorite. You won’t miss breadcrumbs with this easy & simple Keto “breading”. If you don’t like tilapia, you can try it with cod, swai, or even whiting.
My family is a big fan of Tilapia! It has a mild flavor and it’s easy to cook with. One of my favorite dishes to cook was just plain, pan-fried Tilapia. I’d use AP Flour + Cornstarch or Panko breadcrumbs to coat it with. We won’t be using those ingredients on a Ketogenic Diet, so instead we’ll be using Pork Rinds & Parmesan Cheese.
I know that eating Tilapia can be a touchy subject for some people because of the way it’s farmed. You can substitute it with cod, swai, or whiting. I’ve tried it with cod & swai — it was delicious either way.
You can buy Pork Rinds and pulse it in your food processor (cheaper but messy) or you can buy crushed pork rinds (more expensive but no mess) such as Pork Panko or Porking Good. I’ve tried Pork Panko and it’s a great alternative to have around, if you don’t have pork rinds.
If you prefer a crispy crust around the fish, don’t be afraid to double dip! 🙂 You can also omit the crushed pork rinds and just use Shredded Parmesan Cheese instead or omit it all together.
If you don’t have fresh lemon, you can use lemon juice instead or if you haven’t tried True Lemon yet, you should really give it a chance! These packets taste like the real thing. I like making Lemon Electrolyte Water with the True Lemon Packets. If you decide to use True Lemon packets, make sure you dilute it with 1 tbsp of water.
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This keto-friendly, fried and crispy fish is one of my family’s favorite. You won’t miss breadcrumbs with this easy & simple Keto “breading”. You can also omit the keto breading if you like. If you don’t like tilapia, you can try it with cod, swai, or even whiting.
Fish of Choice:
- 4 (4-5oz) Tilapia Fillets, thawed
Lemon Butter Sauce:
- 4 tbsp of Salted Butter
- 2 tbsp of Lemon Juice
- 1/2 – 1 tbsp Lemon Pepper
- 2 Minced Garlic Cloves
- Salt to taste
- Optional: 1-2 tbsp Capers, rinsed well & drained
For Dredging & Frying:
- 1/2 cup of Crushed Pork Rinds
- 1/4 cup of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
- 2 Eggs, whisked
- Refined Coconut Oil (I use this)
- Wash & pat dry Tilapia fillets and set aside on a large plate.
Dredging & Frying:
- Have 2 Bowls ready: One with crushed Pork Rinds & Shredded Parmesan Cheese and other for the whisked eggs.
- Coat the tilapia with egg and then coat it completely with the pork rinds/cheese mixture. Set it aside. If you want it extra crispy, you can double dip instead by coating the fish with pork rinds/cheese mixture, then egg, then pork rinds/cheese again. Make sure to press the mixture on the fish so that it holds better.
- On medium heat, heat up pan with just enough oil to cover the flat side of the fish.
- Carefully place the fillets in hot oil. Don’t crowd the pan, maybe just 2 fillets at a time. Don’t flip it to the other side until you need to, usually when the coating is golden brown. Set aside.
Lemon Butter Sauce:
- In another pan (or the same pan, but drain the oil first!) on low-medium heat, add 1 tbsp of butter and sauté garlic for 30 seconds (don’t burn).
- Add the rest of the butter, lemon juice, lemon pepper, and capers. Mix well for 30-60 seconds. Remove from heat and let the butter melt. Add salt and taste as needed.
- Pour sauce over tilapia or use it as a dip. Enjoy!
Nutrition facts below doesn’t include frying oil.
- Category: Keto Recipes
- Method: Frying
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 354
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 1,500mg
- Fat: 22g
- Saturated Fat: 12g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 1g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 36g
- Cholesterol: 198mg
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