Pecan-Crusted Fish

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Crunchy almond coating creates a delicious fish dinner.

Dig into this flaky fish for dinner tonight!

This Pecan-Crusted Fish recipe is easy to make and perfect for someone looking to try something new and healthy. It’s amazingly crunchy and flaky, tender inside makes for amazing texture, while the pecans give it a lovely nutty flavor. And it works for any diet – Whole 30, Keto, paleo, and more! Or, anyone that is just looking for delicious recipes for a quick dinner! The perfect healthy swap for fried fish sticks, this crispy dish gives you all the flavor without being placed in a fryer or breaded. It’s encrusted in a crunchy pecan + spice mixture and panfried to perfection!

What You’ll Need for this Paleo Cod

Impress your guests with this delicious pecan crusted fish.

This recipe uses things that you probably already have in your fridge or pantry at home. Here’s just a few notes on the ingredients:


You’ll want to use raw pecans rather than anything that’s already roasted, salted, or chopped. Anything with additional flavor will change the taste of the coating. If you don’t have crushed pecans, you can always crush them yourself! Or, if you want a smoother coating, you can put the pecans into a food processor to pulse them to a smoother, crummier consistency. Either way, pecans are the nutrient-packed nut that has been shown to help with heart health and brain function, so you’ll be getting a nice health boost whichever way you crumble it!

Almond Flour

For this recipe, we used almond flour mainly so we could keep our recipe inclusive for people on all diets (gluten-free, paleo, keto, etc), however, you are very welcome to switch to whichever flour works best for you. Whole wheat flour would work just the same, and would give you a nice fiber boost. 

White Fish

We chose cod for this recipe because it has a thicker texture and fantastic flavor. You can either do full fillets or cut them into smaller strips to make fish sticks. You can also swap out cod for another white fish, such as tilapia or snapper. All are great options and packed with awesome nutrients like omega-3s and protein.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder or garlic granules will work great, just don’t use fresh garlic or garlic paste as that will soften the crust. You can even use garlic salt if you aren’t watching your sodium intake!

How To Make Pecan-Crusted Fish

This tasty recipe is the perfect way to change up your dinner routine.

This recipe really just comes down to three easy steps all completed in less than 20 minutes. All you’ll need to do is combine the crushed pecans with the almond flour, salt, garlic powder, and lemon pepper in a shallow bowl. Dredge the fish fillets in the pecan mixture until they’re evenly coated. Next, add the oil to a skillet over medium heat. Place the fish in the pan and cook for 4 to 5 minutes on each side, until golden brown in color. Transfer the cod to a serving plate and enjoy!

Pair this Cod Recipe with A Delicious Side

Our pecan crusted fish offers incredible tastes and textures!

While this pecan-crusted fish is delicious all by itself, pairing it with a tasty side will only up the flavor and volume of the meal. Here are some great sides that would pair well with this recipe:

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Pecan-Crusted Fish

This tasty, dinner time option offers incredible flavors and satisfying textures.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 fish fillet
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Universal


  • 2/3 cup pecans crushed
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1 pound cod about 4 fillets
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil


  • Combine the crushed pecans with the almond flour, salt, garlic powder, and lemon pepper in a shallow bowl.
  • Dredge the cod in the pecan mixture.
  • Add the oil to a skillet over medium heat, then cook the fish about 4-5 minutes on each side, until golden.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1fish fillet | Calories: 322kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 353mg | Potassium: 598mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 1mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 8
Keywords dairy-free, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Quick and Easy, Seafood

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If you enjoyed this fish recipe, you may also like to try our Orange Miso Wild Cod Recipe

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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