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Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Lean Cuisine Tortilla Crusted Fish

Tilapia is a great source of lean protein, and makes for a tasty alternative when you are counting calories.  The American Heart Association recommends limiting your saturated fat to less that 7% of your daily caloric intake, on a 2,000 calorie per day diet. Tilapia is a delicious protein option that is low in saturated fat and keeps you full until your next meal.

Using corn tortilla chips and a hint of mexican flavors, our Copycat Tortilla Crusted Fish is beyond anything you will find your grocer’s freezer aisle.  While  retaining the light and flaky texture you desire from your favorite fish, it also is missing all those ingredients that you can’t pronounce on it’s counterparts label.  Oven baked to make this mild flavored tilapia healthier, you can stay within your daily caloric intake and still enjoy a delicious meal.

Copycat Lean Cuisine Tortilla Crusted Fish


Lisa @ Onceamonthmeals.com


  • 1 cups corn tortilla chips
  • 4 ounces green chiles, diced
  • 1 teaspoons lime juice
  • 0.25 cups cilantro
  • 1 teaspoons chili powder
  • 0.5 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 whole tilapia fillets


In a food processor, pulse tortilla chips. Add green chiles, lime juice, cilantro, chili powder, cumin and sea salt. Place in a shallow baking dish. Prepare tilapia fillets by running under water. Then dredge each fillet into the crushed tortilla chip mixture, patting the crumbs so they stick to the fish. Place in a greased 8×8 baking pan and bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Freezing Directions:

Prepare per above directions, but do not bake. Cover baking pans with foil, label and freeze. TO SERVE: Thaw. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes.

Servings:  4

Nutritional Info: 1 serving= Calories 230, Fat 2.8g, Fiber 3.9g, Protein 24.5g, Carbs 28g, WW Plus Points 6


**conversion chart image provided by Erik Spiekermann

8 Responses to “Better Than The Freezer Aisle: Copycat Lean Cuisine Tortilla Crusted Fish”

  1. Tamara says:

    I really want to make his for dinner tonight, but I don’t have the green chilies. Anyone have a suggestion for a substitution? Besides the added taste it seems to be needed to stick the coating to the fish. Maybe some butter or olive oil?

    • Katie says:

      Hi Tamara! I think butter or olive oil would work but it would obviously change your nutritional info. You could even try something like Rotel if you have that. Let us know if you try something that works (or doesn’t work lol).

      • Tamara says:

        I did try it with butter, yum=) I think it worked better for my family, actually. Next time I would cut back a bit on the salt though. Thanks for giving me another yummy fish recipe!

  2. Rachel says:

    I love the rice from this lean cuisine, any copycat recipe for that??

  3. Nicole says:

    I don’t have the ability to bake my lunches at work, and am always pre-making my meals and reheating them at work. Would that be something I could do with this recipe? Or do I HAVE to wait until serving day to cook it?

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