Keto Fried Tilapia with Simple to Make Lemon Brown Gravy

This Keto Fried Tilapia with Simple to Make Lemon Brown Gravy recipe will satisfy all of your fried food cravings while on your Keto diet. Top the Tilapia off with our Lemon Brown Gravy and you will have a new top-ten dinner. Take a few pounds of delicate white fish, add almond flour, eggs wash and Pork Rind Panko breading to coat the fish with. Fry on the stove and drown the fish in a thick, lemony brown gravy. Add a side of Creamy Mashed Cauliflower and you have a hearty and healthy keto meal. Admit it, this sounds (and is) delicious.

Knowing that you can eat some fried food on this diet should put a smile on your face. You know me, I promise to take the bland celery stick and glass of water diet and flip it on it’s side. We have to enjoy what we are cooking and eating while sticking to the parameters of a Keto diet if we are going to be successful.

So, let’s find the substitutes that will make us feel as if we are at an old-fashioned fish fry without the fat, carbs and calories. This recipe starts with delicate tilapia, although any white fish filet will do. Mahi and Catfish are other nice substitutes that go well with the Lemon Brown Gravy. The breading is really the key to this recipe being successful and I am so glad to be able to share with all of you my new favorite “bread crumbs”.

All I can say is God Bless the person who invented Pork Rind Panko “Bread” Crumbs. What a brilliant idea, creating a bread crumb like substance that has no carbohydrates in it. I keep two brands in my pantry at all times, one is unseasoned and the other is seasoned just like Italian Breadcrumbs. Perfect!! The remaining ingredients to bread the fish are identical to what you would use for any food you are frying, flour and eggs. We use Almond flour which remember is much more Keto friendly than white bleached All-Purpose flour. Almond Flour has 3 net grams of Carbs per 1/4 cup compared to 23 net grams of White All-Purpose Flour. That is a huge difference when you are counting carbs!

The proverbial icing on the cake to this recipe though isn’t the Pork Rind Breadcrumbs, it is the Lemon Brown Gravy that you can drown the fish in if you so desire. Back in the days before I started Keto, I would have mashed potatoes and biscuits with the fish (of course I did, that’s why I am now on a diet)! There is nothing better in my opinion that sopping up any leftover gravy on my plate with a buttered biscuit. Unfortunately, I don’t have a biscuit to offer you with this meal, but I do have the gravy recipe and a follow-up recipe for blue cheese mashed cauliflower that is a delicious side dish.

Although we could use the brown gravy recipe that I hope you have frozen from our previous homemade brown gravy recipe, but for this dish it is ten times easier to just use the prepackaged gravy mix. Add chicken broth and lemon juice and you have a delicious, flavorful gravy to serve over the fried fish. Don’t want the gravy? No worries, just make the fish and a side vegetable and you still will have a decadent, delicious fried fish dinner. Enjoy!

Keto Fried Tilapia with Lemon Brown Gravy

Low carb keto fried fish with a rich lemony brown gravy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course



  • 2.5 Lbs Tilapia Any white fish will do
  • 1 C Almond Flour
  • 2-3 C Ground Pork Rinds
  • 3 Eggs, beaten
  • ½ C Olive Oil


  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 6 Tbsp Dry Brown Gravy Mix
  • 2 C Chicken Broth
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice More or less to taste


  • On parchment paper or waxed paper, pour a pile of Almond Flour next to a pile of Pork Rind Panko Crumbs.
  • Beat well the three eggs, You can add a little water if you want to thin out the eggs., Place the bowl of eggs between the dry ingredients.
  • Pour some of the oil into a frying pan and turn to medium heat. Do not try to cook the fish on too high a heat. You want them cooked on the inside and lightly brown on the outside.
  • Take each individual filet and dredge it (place it) in the flour. Shake the excess flour off then pull the filet through the egg wash. Let the excess egg drip off the filet then dredge it through the pork Rind Panko. For this part you will want to place the filet on the panko, press it down then turn it over and press more Pork Rind Panko on the side facing up. You may have to add more panko as you go because it adheres to the egg wash quite well.
  • Place the fillets into the frying pan and fry on one side. When the edges are crispy and turning white, use a spatula and fork to turn the fish over. Be gentle with the fish so the hot oil doesn't splash on you and the fish doesn't break apart.
  • When the fish is done frying place each piece on a paper towel to drain the excess oil. Since you are using Pork Rind Panko to fry with I would suggest using another paper towel to dab the oil off the fish before serving.


  • While the fish is frying in a small pot melt two tablespoons of butter.
  • Once butter is melted add in 6 Tablespoons of prepared brown gravy mix. Stir to form what looks like a roux.
  • Stirring constantly pour in 2 cups of Chicken Broth to the roux. Continue to stir until gravy thickens.
  • Turn gravy to low and mix in 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice. You can add more or less depending on personal preference.
  • Place the cooked filets on a dinner plate, squeeze a lemon wedge on the fish then cover with gravy. Serve with mashed cauliflower or a vegetable of your choice.

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