ffwD: Almond Tilapia Meunière

I previously made this Dorie recipe about a year and a half ago. (Click here). See how terrible my photography skills were? Yikes. Notice how I didn’t even bother to roast my sliced almonds or garnish the fish with parsley and lemon. Yeah, I’m more into things like that now. This time around, I still didn’t use flounder and opted for tilapia instead. (Last time I used sole.) I’ve also purchased brand new pans since then, one being very large, so I didn’t have a problem with cooking two fillets at a time, nor did I have any breakage during flipping.

One other thing I did differently this time was to use almond flour instead of ground almonds. A couple of weeks ago, I made a day trip to Fort Wayne, Indiana, and stopped in a gourmet foods store just to compare prices. For instance, a bag of almond flour in Chicago is almost $15 a bag plus 12% tax. In Indiana, the same bag was less than $10, and I was only charged ten cents for tax. Amazing!

To see how others fared with almond flounder meuniere, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

77 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    May 04, 2012 @ 03:22:17

    hahaha! my photos this time around look like yours from a year ago! … we were too hungry to worry about taking any really beautiful pictures and I didnt bother toasting any extra almonds or putting any parsley on it…. yours makes me hungry and jealous of your photos!🙂

  2. Choc Chip Uru
    May 04, 2012 @ 04:41:49

    This looks like a stunning meal!🙂
    Great photos!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  3. TrafficDiva
    May 04, 2012 @ 05:13:24

    Based on your photos then and now, I’d STILL eat them both! LOL!! [I’m not saying…I’m just saying!] It’s amazing how much you’ve grown your wonderful cooking blog and grown as a cook yourself! You know how we all here at the “Traffic” place LOVE your treats! But when I opened the blog to reveal the stunning photo of your dish this morning…I could have licked the screen! Perfection as always Yummy! =*

  4. Cher
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:13:42

    This dish was definitely not the most photogenic (I kind of gave up…). You did a lovely job pulling it together.

  5. Elaine
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:25:55

    The almond flour gave it such a fine crumb. Your photos are so pretty!

  6. hotlyspiced
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:43:21

    That’s a lovely golden colour on the fish. Looks like a great dish. Incredible the improvements that you’ve made in 12 months xx

  7. alwaysaddmorebutter
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:44:48

    I love the look of the fish on that wood! I just read a really interesting piece about food photography and she advised buying a bunch of different wood planks at a hardware store. Methinks I should get some. Your tilapia looks delicious!

  8. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    May 04, 2012 @ 07:51:52

    I have some almond flour, too. I should have tried that. It is super expensive, though! Love the photos here – you have come a long way. I am still on my way with the photography. Nice to see we can make progress with practice.

  9. Louanne Bertrand
    May 04, 2012 @ 08:24:29

    Ok, it’s 8:23 am, and I would happily eat two of those filets! Drool-worthy….pinning.

  10. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:29:23

    I love that this recipe is so versatile… you never know what is going to be available when you go to the fish market or grocery store.

  11. Anita Menon
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:32:01

    Looks so good! sumptuous meal!

  12. jora
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:39:20

    When I used to live in Chicago we’d shop for things in other states. They were often so much cheaper! Your photographs are beautiful, is that a plate or cutting board?

  13. Inger Wilkerson
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:45:20

    I am almost drooling, this looks so good. I think I need to buy some fish!

  14. Helene (@MasalaHerb)
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:47:10

    10-15 bucks for almond flour per kg? wow thats expencive. O.O

    photo might not be perfect as you mentioned above but I bet it tsates perfectly well. ^.^

    We all learn in the progress right.😉

  15. Jasline
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:47:21

    I always have a problem photographing “brown” food because they look dull and lifeless in photos. Then I realized placing the brown food in shiny white plates make them look much prettier! I love your garnishings, makes the dish look extra tasty!

  16. Krissy
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:49:45

    Your photos are great…I’ll be the hold out with my point and shoot camera and too many shadows, and funny things in the background…..oh well, just getting all this blogging done is a big step for me. Maybe in a hundred years I can move up on the photography…can’t get my new cell phone all figured out yet. That said, I am impressed with your skills…my family has mentioned that our plated foods are becoming more like fancy restaurant quality presentations…so I guess all this is working.

  17. LV Davis (@FoodfashinFlow)
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:54:32

    Looks delicious and what a great photo!

  18. Kathy
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:54:35

    I think your photos are lovely! And your fish looks delicious! Have a great weekend!

  19. thekalechronicles
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:59:19

    This year’s photo certainly trumps last year’s. Isn’t it nice to know that you are learning and improving?

  20. mary
    May 04, 2012 @ 09:59:51

    Your fish looks delicious – isn’t it gratifying to see how we progress!! This dish makes me hungry and I’m going to cook this!
    Mary oxo

  21. saffronandhoney
    May 04, 2012 @ 10:40:49

    This looks delicious, well done :)!

  22. Ei
    May 04, 2012 @ 10:41:26

    Oooh, your photo this time around really does look great!

  23. vintagekitchennotes
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:09:08

    Beautiful pictures!

  24. mireia
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:18:45

    That looks fantastic!!!!

  25. dulceshome
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:23:01

    Your dish looks lovely. I’m happy you enjoyed it. I actually toasted my almonds…but then forgot to use them. Oh well!

  26. Sammie
    May 04, 2012 @ 11:23:35

    Superb job on your photography skills! That’s what usually happens to us bloggers. We look back at a picture we took a long time ago and can’t believe the leaps of improvement we’ve taken!! Ahh and this tilapia looks really good! Especially with almonds! They add the special crunch. I see that you’re using the twisted lemon trick again! Very nice!

  27. oneexpatslife
    May 04, 2012 @ 13:03:20

    What a different a year makes! You give me hope that a year from now my pictures will have improved too. On a completely unrelated note, we made Nigella’s poinsettia cocktail for New Years and it was a big hit. I loved it because of the festive color but it was pretty darn tasty too.

  28. InCucinaDaME
    May 04, 2012 @ 13:09:29

    Must get round to cook this, it looks delicious

  29. Liz Berg (@ThatSkinnyChick)
    May 04, 2012 @ 15:47:14

    Beautifully styled! I cringe at my old photos, too…we’ve come so far🙂

    PS…I’m surprised they charged you any tax on food in Ft. Wayne. Here in Indy there is none.

  30. Christy Majors
    May 04, 2012 @ 16:46:54

    Great photography – it looks delicous! I’m amazed at the price difference of almond flour – next time I make this I’m going to use almond flour also, sous chef would have preferred it this time as he thought the almonds were too overwhelming.

  31. cooking-varieties (wan)
    May 04, 2012 @ 18:31:40

    hi yummy chunklet, your pic look crisp and appetizing and yes, the roasted almonds does give a facelift from its original pale color.. ha ha
    What a great difference in prices of goods and tax in Indiana.. amazing how the tax variance is so much, when both belongs to the same country huh. have a nice day

  32. rondamkisner
    May 04, 2012 @ 19:36:09

    They are very pretty! We are lucky here for thhere is no tax on groceries or clothes in Minnesota.

  33. loavesandstitches
    May 04, 2012 @ 20:05:09

    Your fish looks really good! I think the recipe deserves to be made more than once. It goes so quickly that it’s hard to get it right the first time.

  34. betsy
    May 04, 2012 @ 20:13:45

    Do you have Trader Joe’s in Chicago? It’s my go-to store for reasonable prices on so many gourmet items, including almond meal. I’m glad to know that this works well with tilapia. I found flounder this week, on special, but I don’t usually see it. I always see tilapia.

  35. Mary Hirsch
    May 04, 2012 @ 21:53:43

    I thought your photos looked great both years. This recent photo was just a “better” great than the other photo. Don’t you love how your cooking, baking, and doing all the little extras is climbing on board your becoming-a-better-chef train? Nice.

  36. JasmyneTea
    May 04, 2012 @ 22:13:33

    One thing I could not get used to in America was not having the tax included in the total price for things, it was very confusing!
    Love the recipe, and you’re not the only one who thinks their photo skills were horrible in the beginning!

  37. Gracie ~ Food Fascination
    May 05, 2012 @ 00:26:06

    Your tilapia looks lovely!

  38. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    May 05, 2012 @ 01:17:25

    Aww you are so brave and honest to share your picture from the past. I’m too embarrassed to share (well it’s all public though). Well, but it’s okay, it’s part of growing and learning and you improved your photography!! Tilapia is very easy to get and prepare and I love this recipe!

  39. Baker Street (@bakerstreet29)
    May 05, 2012 @ 02:40:56

    Your pictures are just lovely. Its very rare that someone would share a picture from the past and I’m really glad you did.🙂

  40. Robin
    May 05, 2012 @ 02:57:10

    How fun to look back in time to see how you’ve grown🙂. Your dish looks great !

  41. Elin
    May 05, 2012 @ 05:26:23

    Yours looks delicious and yea , your photography skills are good…looking at them makes one drools🙂 I love this dish and love love the freshness of the flounder and the nutty crunch and zesty aftertaste🙂 have a nice day !

  42. Parsley Sage
    May 05, 2012 @ 07:31:49

    Om nom nom! Another Dorie win. That looks fabulous. And isn’t it scandalous how different prices are at different stores! Makes me furious!

  43. heidi1169
    May 05, 2012 @ 09:27:35

    Your photo from this time is gorgeous!

  44. Inger Wilkerson
    May 05, 2012 @ 19:12:14

    Mouth still watering–I really need to buy that cookbook! I wanted to let you know that I just awarded you the versatile blogger award. I know some of my awardees have gotten this before, but I do have my favorites and really wanted to honor you. For the announcement, see: http://artofnaturalliving.com/2012/05/05/kitchen-sink-cookies/

  45. ohfishiee
    May 05, 2012 @ 20:20:22

    that’s so yummy!🙂 i’d love some dory fillet if possible

    Latest: Pearl Discovery

  46. ohfishiee
    May 05, 2012 @ 20:21:23

    that’s so delicious!🙂 i’d love some dory fillet if possible

    Latest: Pearl Discovery

  47. Amanda
    May 06, 2012 @ 01:14:18

    This looks so delicious!

  48. Amy (Savory Moments)
    May 06, 2012 @ 09:14:54

    Wow! This fish looks so golden and delicious!

  49. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    May 06, 2012 @ 10:56:12

    This fish looks delicious!

  50. Simply Life
    May 06, 2012 @ 13:16:31

    I love that you used almonds with this!

  51. Chris and Amy
    May 06, 2012 @ 17:43:00

    What a gorgeous meal! you did a beautiful job! We couldn’t participate this week and we’re so sad we missed it!

  52. greyhousejournal
    May 06, 2012 @ 18:40:11

    Amazing what a year can do! What a difference in photos…kudos. Plus the dish looks fantastically delicious!

  53. Yudith
    May 06, 2012 @ 19:30:28

    Almond Flour is really expensive! But I bet it adds such a nice addition of flavor to this fish though🙂

  54. pencilkitchen
    May 06, 2012 @ 20:36:08

    I love the roasted almonds, parsley and lemon. They’re going to add such a crunch and depth into the dish. Although i couldn’t find almond flour here, this is worth a bookmark!

  55. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    May 06, 2012 @ 21:09:26

    Wonderful photo and such a great looking preparation for fish!

  56. atasteofmadess
    May 06, 2012 @ 23:21:51

    This looks amazing!!! The photos and presentation is lovely! So tempting..

  57. Jana
    May 07, 2012 @ 03:41:00

    Maravilloso, me ha encantado la receta🙂
    Un besito ^^
    http://janakitchen.blogspot.com

  58. Cakelaw
    May 07, 2012 @ 06:25:21

    Your fish looks great! LOL – I still didn’t bother to garnish my fish.

  59. Karen
    May 07, 2012 @ 07:12:52

    I love fish that is sautéed with almonds. I’m going to have to try finding almond flour. It must really add to the flavor.

  60. Lisa {smart food and fit} (@LisaNutrition)
    May 07, 2012 @ 07:24:46

    Great low carb meal! I love tilapia and almonds!

  61. FiSh
    May 07, 2012 @ 10:22:03

    so nicely done, and thanks for your recipe (refering to the one last year, using dory) ^^

    Latest: Frog Addiction

  62. Katerina
    May 07, 2012 @ 11:20:22

    My husband laughs when he sees my older photographs but when I see them I see the big improvements I’ve made through the years just like you did! Your tilapia looks mouthwatering with the almond crust!

  63. Juliana
    May 07, 2012 @ 13:58:36

    Tilapia is one the fish that my husband likes and this with almond flour, lemon and parsley sounds and looks great…I will definitely try this out.
    In regards to photos, I too, when looking back to my posts, I almost feel embarrassed…not that I am a great photographer now, but the early days were really bad🙂
    Thanks for this tasty recipe and hope you have a wonderful week ahead!

  64. Miriam
    May 07, 2012 @ 15:14:39

    Looks yummy🙂
    Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  65. promenadeplantings
    May 07, 2012 @ 15:40:11

    Fresh fish, what could be better! the French Fridays look fun

  66. Reem | Simply Reem
    May 07, 2012 @ 16:29:09

    This fish looks fantastic!!
    I bet that almond flour must have added so much flavor n crunch..
    Beautiful!!

  67. nana
    May 07, 2012 @ 18:15:35

    Lovely, everything looks delicious.

  68. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    May 07, 2012 @ 19:03:01

    Oh, I just love this presentation of your lemony almond tilapia – gorgeous!

  69. profiterolesandponytails
    May 07, 2012 @ 20:46:42

    I need to get better at flipping my fish to avoid breakage! Great photo and interesting to see your progress from a while back!

  70. Ameena
    May 07, 2012 @ 21:35:25

    I love this…so simple and so delicious. My kind of meal.

  71. Ameena
    May 07, 2012 @ 21:36:06

    PS: Price differences? So annoying.

  72. sara
    May 08, 2012 @ 01:02:03

    This fish looks wonderful! I LOVE almonds with fish…such a great combination. And love your photos!

  73. Bam's Kitchen
    May 08, 2012 @ 08:50:50

    Look at your progress and photography skills… You have come a long way…A lovely fish dinner.

  74. Beth Michelle
    May 08, 2012 @ 09:14:47

    Just found your blog and so happy I did. This looks amazingly good🙂 Beautiful photos, they are mouthwatering!

  75. Just A Smidgen
    May 08, 2012 @ 19:37:17

    It’s really incredible how much your food photography has improved! Your old photo is so different.. but I agree, I would happily munch on both dishes:) xo Smidge

  76. Baking is my Zen
    May 09, 2012 @ 19:08:19

    Your dish looks great!

    ~Carmen

  77. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    May 10, 2012 @ 18:11:15

    Looks awesome. I love cooking savory dishes with nuts.

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