Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

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Tortilla Crusted Tilapia – Mild white fish coated in a Mexican inspired tortilla crust. Baked until crispy and perfectly flakey!

Years ago my mom told me about this tortilla crusted fish that she found in the frozen section at Costco. I tried it and it was good, but I thought it would be so much better to spruce up and add more flavor to at home.

And oh my is it full of flavor, you can make it spicy and it is anything but boring!

tortilla crusted fish on a plate


I like to use tilapia when I made this recipe, but you really could use any mild white fish. Tilapia is just easy to find and is relatively inexpensive at the store. Plus it is super mild and will take on the flavor of whatever you season it with.

And we all know I am a huge fan of Mexican Recipes, so it should come as no surprise that it is coated in a taco spiced crunchy tortilla chip coating.

tortilla crusted fish on a plate

How To Make Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

  1. Start by setting up a quick and easy breading station. You want one bowl for the crushed tortilla chips and the spices. A second bowl for the egg white and water that will coat the fish. And a third bowl of flour.
  2. Take a piece of fish and gently dredge it in the flour. You want to make sure it is well coated and then gently shake off the excess.
  3. After the flour place it in the egg white and get it evenly coated. Then press into the tortilla crumb until everything is well covered.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake for about 12 minutes. It will depend on how thick your piece of fish is.
  5. Remove from the oven and serve with lime wedges.
tortilla crusted fish on a plate

What Fish To Use

Tilapia is super mild and works really well in this recipe. But you could also use:

  • Cod
  • Halibut
  • Flounder
  • Haddock

I served this fish with Roasted Edamame and Oven Roasted Potatoes in the pictures.

close up tortilla crusted tilapia

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tortilla crusted fish on a plate
4.56 from 9 votes

Tortilla Crusted Fish

By Erin
Mild white fish coated in a Mexican inspired tortilla crust.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 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


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Repeat with the other filets.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes until fully cooked. The fish will be white and flaky.
  • Squeeze a wedge of lime over fish for serving.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 386kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 53g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 118mg | Sodium: 479mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Dinner Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 386
Keyword: Tortilla Crusted Fish
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  1. I think my family would really like this chicken recipe, anything with tortilla chips is a win, win!

  2. 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.

  3. 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:)

  4. 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. 😉

    1. 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 🙂

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

  6. We like white fish – but cannot make myself buy or order tilapia, due to the way it is raised. I wonder what the next best fish would be for this recipe?

  7. This looks so delicious and yummy! My daughter and I are going to love this recipe! Can’t wait to give this a try!