One of the staple foods we keep in the freezer here is a bag of tilapia fillets. Yes, I know tilapia isn’t the best fish, but I don’t like fish that’s very…. fishy. Tilapia is mild, easy to cook, and doesn’t have the scales to worry about on it.
In other words, tilapia is great for those nights that we need a really quick dinner but forgot to take something else out. It’s rare that we actually schedule any tilapia meal in our weekly meal plan, because it’s always our backup plan.
When we were visiting my family in Florida a couple of years ago, my dad made us some fried tilapia sandwiches for dinner one evening. They were so simple, yet so delicious!
As with most meals lately, the boys won’t always eat this, but they have been so picky recently, I’m not surprised. And, in typical kid fashion, they may love something one night but then claim they don’t like it the next.
Sometimes, I find that if they help make dinner, they are more likely to give it a try. They like helping with this because it gets their hands messy. And what kid doesn’t like to get messy with permission?
Justin and I really like this for a quick and easy meal that will still keep us full throughout the evening. The ingredients are ones that we always have on hand making this a simple dinner for us. Of course, we may also be preparing a PB&J for the boys, but that’s beside the point.
Step by Step
Thaw the tilapia according to directions. I find that it only needs about 5-10 minutes out of the freezer to thaw enough to work with. You don’t want it too warm.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, warm the olive oil. While it’s warming, set out three shallow bowls or plates to bread the fish. The first should have the flour, the second has eggs, and the last contains the breadcrumbs.
Take each tilapia fillet and dip it in the flour then eggs then breadcrumbs. Make sure it gets completely covered at each step.
Place the fish in the heated oil and cook until it’s flaky and white inside. Season the fish as it cooks with the onion powder, garlic powder, and parsley.
Make sure to flip the fish at least once while it fries.
While the fish cooks, toast your bread and spread mayonnaise on one side of each piece.
When the tilapia is cooked, place each fillet between two pieces of bread and serve immediately. The fish will cool very quickly and can make the bread a bit soggy, so you want to eat it as soon as possible.
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Fried Tilapia Sandwich
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 lb tilapia fillets
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp parsley flakes
- 4 slices bread
- 1 tbsp mayonnaise
- Heat oil over medium heat
- Put flour and bread crumbs on 2 separate plates and egg in a bowl
- Bread the fish by covering in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs
- Place fish in heated oil to fry, flipping at least once
- Season fish while cooking
- When fish is cooked, put some mayonnaise on the bread then the fish in between