Tortilla Crusted Fish


Tortilla Crusted Fish | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

My husband and son are big fans of fish.  I know how good it is for you, I just haven’t been able to get on board with liking it.  Every time my husband orders it out I try his, hoping this will be the time I like it.  I finally like shrimp, so it only seems like a matter of time before fish follows, right?

Tortilla Crusted Fish | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

Well, I finally decided to suck it up and just make it at home for the guys.  Mild, white fish, like Cod or Tilapia have always been borderline for me.  I don’t strongly dislike them, but I don’t really enjoy them either.  So Tilapia seemed like a good place to start.  I like tortilla chips and Mexican spices, so I used that as a coating, and baked it.  When I told my 8 year old we were having tortilla crusted fish for dinner, he was not excited.  Then I explained that was just fish with crushed tortilla chips on it.  He got a lot more excited.

Tortilla Crusted Fish | Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

This tortilla crusted fish was super easy to make on a weeknight.  You make it similar to you would chicken tenders.  Dust each filet in flour, dip in egg wash, and then press into the tortilla chip mixture.  The Tilapia filets I used were pretty thin, so they baked in less than 15 minutes.  Cod, Halibut, Flounder or even Haddock would all work really well with this recipe.

Yields 4

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 cup crushed tortilla chips
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 4 Tilipia filets (or other white fish)
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 Tbls water
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • Lime Wedges for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix together tortilla chips with all of the seasonings. Whisk together the egg white and water in a separate bowl. Place the flour in a third bowl.
  3. Dredge 1 filet in the flour, dust off any extra. Run the filet through the egg white. Press into the tortilla chip mixture, to evenly coat.
  4. Place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Repeat with the other filets.
  5. Bake for 12-14 minutes until fully cooked. The fish will be white and flaky.
  6. Squeeze a wedge of lime over fish for serving.



  1. I’m not a fan of white fish either, but yours looks great. How did you make the edamame?

  2. I’m not a big fish eater either. This looks like an awesome way to “dip my toe in the water,” so to speak! :)

    • Definitely an easy one to get you started – much more flavor from the spices and the chips than the fish! Maybe next time I will branch out into something less disguised :)

  3. Not a fan of fish either, I would be making this with chicken. Which I have before and tortilla crusts are awesome!

  4. Love the tortilla crusts, Erin! And that edamame – my favorite side dish with fish.

  5. So yummy! Love this idea for jazzing up fish!

  6. Did you like it? It sounds like something even a non fish lover could really enjoy!

    • I did like it! I made tilapia again tonight with a tomato based sauce, and it wasn’t bad either. I am making progress!

  7. We’ve been eating a ton of tilapia lately, but I don’t have that many go-to recipes. Can’t wait to try this one, I know it’ll be a hit!

    • I need more tilapia recipes – it is the one fish I am ok eating. Just made one tonight that was pretty good.

  8. I’ve never tried a tortilla crust, great idea!

  9. Love a great crunch on fish or chicken! Great idea to use tortillas. Delish!

  10. Ooooh, yes please. Though we never really cook fish at home, I can totally get behind coating anything in tortilla crust. UM HEEEECK YES.

  11. I think my family would really like this chicken recipe, anything with tortilla chips is a win, win!

  12. Oops… NOT chicken… fish, as soon as I hit send I realized I typed the wrong thing sorry :(

  13. I’m a recent convert to fish, too and tilapia is one of my new favorites. I love the idea of using tortilla chips as the breading. It looks delicious.

  14. Lora @cakeduchess says:

    The tortilla crust is such a great idea. Love the crunchy texture. My kids will luckily eat any fish and this is going to be my next recipe. A great fish night recipe, Erin:)

  15. With scrumptious-looking meals like this, you’ll be a fish fanatic in no time! 😀

  16. Fish stinks! 😉 Unless it’s salmon. Or it’s in bread crumbs. Like this! You know I’m like a little kid when it comes to my food and I have to say – unbreaded fish is nasty.

    There! I said it. I know y’all were thinking the same. 😉

    • I am TRYING to like unbreaded fish. I made some the other night, but it had crazy amounts of sauce on it, so that barely counts :)

  17. What a brilliant idea! I am going to try this at home – can’t wait!


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