Friday, March 6, 2009

Crispy Tilapia

Warning: This is not the healthiest way to eat fish. But it's pretty freakin' yummy.

Tilapia is an inexpensive, delicious, flaky fish. The two pieces I made cost about $4. But it's inexpensive because it's farmed. And some farmed fish can have high levels of mercury and other bad stuff in them. It's up to you to google "farmed fish" and make your own judgement on whether or not you want to eat it. My rule is once in a while, why not?

If you choose to skip the tilapia, you can use any other flaky white fish like flounder, red snapper, orange roughy or cod. Simply:

1. Beat one egg and a splash of water in a low bowl.

2. Spread Panko bread crumbs on a plate.

NOTE: Panko bread crumbs are Japanese bread crumbs. They're super flaky and the secret to the crispiest fish. You can get them at any supermarket.

3. Salt and pepper your tilapia.

4. Heat canola oil at medium high in a frying pan.

NOTE: Do not use olive oil. You're going to fry your fish at a high heat and olive oil can burn. Canola oil or vegetable oil can cook at higher temperatures.

5. Dip the tilapia in the egg mixture.

6. Shake off excess egg. Then coat the fish in the Panko bread crumbs.

7. Fry the fish.

8. When the edges start to brown, like in the picture. Flip it.

9. Brown the other side and serve.

It only takes 10 minutes to prepare the whole meal. It's a super cheap and easy way to get your Omega 3s. Plus, it's delicious.

So why not give it a try?


  1. Oh, man, you are rocking the fish! That looks so tasty!

  2. Hey! I love tilapia - I can't wait to try this out!

  3. I've never had tilapia, but I love red snapper. I haven't had a good snapper in a long time. Your fish looks really good!

  4. I love any kind of fish. I'll try that with haddock tonight.

  5. Tried the haddock that way. It was the best we've had! It was firm and flacky and the panko breadcrumbs were crunchy!! Loved it!

  6. Hey Anonymous! I'm so psyched you tried it and liked it. Thanks for the feedback!