So easy, so fast, so good!
I saw this recipe on Krista's Kitchen last month. She adapted her recipe from Simple and Delicious magazine. Never willing to leave well enough alone, I added a little something as well... Not rum this time, just a little extra spice.
But I am ahead of my self... Here's what I did...
First, Tilapia... A great little fish. Best of all, a great little inexpensive fish. Every freezer should have a bag of these waiting for a I Don't Know What To Cook Tonight meal. They are also thin, so they cook very fast. Krista claimed her version came together in 20-30 minutes. This was the first time I made this recipe, but next time it will come together in 15 minutes. It's that easy.
You can find Krista's version of the recipe by clicking HERE.
But, here's what I did...
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup crushed Ritz crackers (about 10 crackers)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup Panko Bread Crumbs
6 tilapia fillets (5 ounces each)
2 tablespoons Canola Oil
1/4 tsp "not your Grandmother's HERBES de PROVENCE" times 6
You know how to do this... Set up a series of dredging/dipping stations... Get your oil medium hot in a heavy skillet. Not too much oil, the fillets are thin. Only have about 1/2 inch of oil in the pan.
Flour, Coat the fillet in flour
egg, Dip the floured fillet in egg
Cheese-Panko-Ritz, Dredge the floured, eggy fillet through the Ritz mixture, and fry.
VERY IMPORTANT... Only 2-3 minutes per side. Really, that's it. The fish cooks fast (thin remember). Do not over cook the fish. It should flake easily, and NOT be chewy.
When the first side is done, flip the fish to cook the other side, and sprinkle a bit of spices. I have a mixture on hand that I call... "not your Grandmother's HERBES de PROVENCE". If you click the blue letters, you will get to my sister site to see the formula for this. By having a bag of this already made up, it is just a very convenient way to add a bit of zing to your fish.
A little warm potato salad, and some sauteed onions and asparagus with a blue cheese sauce and this was a winning meal indeed! Give this a try, easy fast, crunchy and tender, filled with flavors and a great treat!