Coconut Chipotle Breaded Tilapia

My husband often laments that I am not a “fish person”.  I have never been the first one to order or cook fish because I definitely didn’t grow up eating it.  Once I tried tilapia more recently at a friend’s house, I really got hooked!  Before I did that I bought pre-breaded tilapia at my warehouse club and it was good but way too expensive.  So, I bought some frozen tilapia filets and put my own spin on it.  I really love coconut breaded shrimp so here is my take on breaded tilapia… with a little kick!

Coconut Chipotle Breaded Tilapia @


  • 2 tilapia filets (I made this for only me and hubs tonight.  very easy to double!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 1 cup Chipotle Panko breadcrumbs (4C brand)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • cooking spray (I used olive oil in my Misto sprayer)


  • Preheat oven to 400° F
  • Grab a baking sheet or oven safe dish – I lined mine with cooking paper
  • Be sure that your tilapia is totally defrosted and clean.
  • In a bowl, wisk together egg and milk
  • On a shallow plate or in a bowl, combine breadcrumbs and coconut
  • Dredge filets in egg/milk mixture (leave them in the bowl a while) and then transfer to coat with breading combination
  • Press breading into fish to cover all of the fish
  • Transfer to pan
  • Spray olive oil on top of fish, this will ensure you get nice browning and a crunch!
  • Cook at 400° for 20 minutes.  Halfway through, I took mine out and sprayed a little bit more olive oil on top
Coconut Chipotle Breaded Tilapia @

Coconut Chipotle Breaded Tilapia @

I hope you like it!  I served mine with wild rice with veggies.  I LOVE sauce and ate mine with Trader Joe’s sweet chili sauce.  You could ALSO whip up a lighter ranch dressing or tarter sauce to go with this.  One day I will also attempt a pina colada sauce that is so often used for coconut shrimp… I think that would be tasty on this as well.  The only thing I wish I had changed about this was the amount I cooked!  I know one piece of fish is enough but I could have eaten two!

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4 thoughts on “Coconut Chipotle Breaded Tilapia

  1. Yum!!!

    I’m not a fish person either (or any kind of seafood) but I can sometimes be persuaded to eat tilapia. This looks really yummy. I’m a big fan of coconut and anything spicy.

  2. I don’t eat fish often and don’t really know how to cook it, so I never do. But this one looks really good and sounds doable. I love coconut.

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  4. This looks really good! (for fish that is). I am the same way- not a fish person. However, I heard Tilapia is mild and so I have been wanting to try it. I just needed a good recipe. Now I have one! I hope it is going to be as yummy as it looks for this non fishy gal :) I have a good feeling about this recipe though..

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