Coconut Crusted Tilapia

img_2402I know this picture doesn’t do it justice, but this fish was so tender and flaky…yummy!


  • 3-4 fish filets (any white fish will work)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • Coconut oil for pan-frying
  • For a spicy kick, add some chili powder!


  1. Crack 2 eggs into a small bowl and whisk (this will be your egg wash dipping the fish prior to coating with flour/coconut mixture)
  2. In a baking pan, mix together coconut flour, coconut flakes, and spices
  3. Dip fish fillets one-by-one into egg wash and they coat well with flour/coconut mixture. Set aside.
  4. Melt ~1 Tbsp. coconut oil in a skillet and pan-fry fish fillets for approximately 8 minutes (4 minutes per side) on medium heat, or until fish is flaky
  5. Enjoy!

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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