This crispy coconut crusted fish is a delicious way to incorporate more seafood into your week! Fish fillets are breaded in breadcrumbs, coconut flakes and spices, baked until golden brown and served with a refreshing mango salsa.
Coconut Crusted Fish
The sweet and savory crust on the fish fillets pair so well with the spicy mango salsa. The fish is dipped in whisked eggs, coated on both sides in a simple spiced coconut/breadcrumb mixture, then baked until brown.
I’ve used both flounder and cod for this recipe, and each time they come out so flavorful and crispy. My husband even said this was one of his favorite fish meals yet!
Last week, we took a family trip to the Dominican Republic. We ate a ton of seafood, most of which were served with a coconut sauce and a fresh salsa on the side.
This meal was 100% inspired by our trip, and has been on repeat ever since. It’s so delicious with a side of coconut rice or crispy plantains. It’s a simple weeknight meal to make, and a fun way to change up your usual cooking flavors.
How to make coconut crusted fish
Here’s what you need to make coconut crusted fish:
Fresh fish fillets
I love using flounder or cod for this recipe because of its buttery texture. The thinner the fillets, the crispier your fish will be.
You can use regular unseasoned breadcrumbs, panko crumbs, or your favorite gluten-free crumbs
Unsweetened coconut flakes
For this recipe, I use unsweetened coconut flakes that are finely shredded. If your flakes are a little larger, pulse them for 30 seconds in a food processor until they’re fine.
The simple spice mixture add so much flavor. You’ll need cumin, paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper
The eggs will act as a “glue” for the breading. If you need a replacement, you can substitute mayo or vegan mayo for an egg-free version
The simple mango salsa adds a delicious sweetness and a little bit of heat. It tastes so refreshing with the breaded fish. If you’re not a fan of spice, just leave out the jalapenos in the salsa for a sweeter mango salsa.
You can also serve the coconut crusted fish fillets with your favorite dipping sauce, like homemade chipotle mayo or store-bought honey mustard.
You can prep this dish ahead of time and freeze for a simple meal prep. It’s a new family favorite, and I know you guys are going to love it!