Almond Crusted Fish with Hummus & Green Chilli Oil

Almond Crusted Fish with Hummus
Almond Crusted Fish with Hummus
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Almond Crusted Fish with Hummus & Green Chilli Oil

I love eating fish. But it can be a challenge to get my Irishman to enjoy it as much as I do.

Luckily I’ve found if I pan fry mild flavoured white fish and serve it with lashings of hummus spiked with chilli oil, I don’t get any complaints!

I like to dust my fish in a little almond meal (flour works too) before frying so you get a lovely crust. This adds a beautiful textural contrast to the softness of the fish itself. It’s really worth the extra minute of two.

You can use any fish fillets here. I’ve used garfish in the photo. They’re super small so you need about 4 fillets per person.

Course Dinner
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword almond, chilli oil, fish, hummus
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • 1 fresh green chilli
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 fish fillets about 400g / 14oz
  • 4 tablespoons almond meal or any flour
  • 1 cup hummus
  • green salad or veg to serve


  1. For the chilli oil, finely chop the green chilli, discarding the seeds if you want it milder. Stir chopped chilli into the oil. Leave to infuse while you cook the fish.
  2. Season almond meal / flour with lots of salt and pepper and place on a shallow plate. Toss fish fillets in the seasoned meal / flour to coat them well.
  3. Heat enough oil to cover the base of your frying pan by about 1cm (1/3in) on a medium high heat. When the oil is hot, test with your first fillet. If it sizzles vigorously, add all the fish.

  4. Fry for 1-2 minutes (for very small fish) or 3-4 minutes (for more normal sized fillets) on each side. Or until the fish is cooked. You want the flesh to look opaque and for it to flake easily when you prod it with a fork. And you want the crust to look golden brown (don’t worry some of the flour / almond meal will come off into the oil – that’s just what happens). Drain fish on paper towel to remove any excess oil.
  5. Divide hummus between two plates. Top with the hot fish. Drizzle over chilli oil and serve salad leaves on the side.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

WINE MATCH: A crisp dry white like a Pinot Gris or (my favourite!) Riesling.

Variations & Substitutions

Short on time - skip the chilli oil and just drizzle with your best peppery extra virgin olive oil.

vegetarian - serve the hummus and chilli oil with falafels or pan fry large flat mushrooms with the flour / almond crust or pan fry some chickpeas instead of the fish.

more substantial (carb lovers) - serve with potato chips! Or pita bread.

more substantial (low carb) - Serve with roasted almonds or extra veggies - steamed broccoli goes really well. Or if it's Spring try with some asparagus.

lower carb / no hummus - replace hummus with tahini yoghurt (50:50 blend of greek yoghurt and tahini) or try my broccoli hummus.

Low FODMAP - skip the almond / flour crust. Replace hummus with mashed potato (and really make an Irishman happy!) or mashed sweet potato.

different protein - lovely with chicken breast or thigh fillets, lamb chops or even pork chops.

Prepare Ahead

You can but I prefer the fish when freshly cooked. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for a week or can be frozen.

Almond Crusted Fish with Hummus

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Have fun in the kitchen!

With love,
Jules x

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  • unlike your Irishman, my husband and I like fish – I like more kinds than he does, though. This is what I prepared this morning, having tried almond flour previously and found it burned at the heat necessary to cook the fish:
    Flounder filet in hazelnut flour: Flounder sprinkled with coarse sea-salt, ground white pepper and chervil, then sprinkled on both sides with hazelnut flour, into the hot olive-oiled saute pan – both sides total four minutes, into hot oven whilst I made sauce with 1 T clarified butter, 1 finely minced shallot, followed by 1 T capers, a splash of Pinot Grigio, small amount of liquid from fish on the platter. Yum!

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