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Monday, February 21, 2011

Herb Encrusted Tilapia

Yummy Fish.

This is another recipe from the cookbook I mentioned earlier: "The Trader Joe's Companion" by Deana Gunn and Wona Miniati.  I love this cookbook!  I haven't cooked one thing from this book that is bad.  Everything is delicious (and you can buy all the ingredients at Trader Joes).
I love tilapia.  It is a very mild, white fish; it isn't fishy at all.  I tweaked this recipe from the original, but the overall idea is the same.  You dredge the fish in a mixture of breadcrumbs and spices and saute it.  The spice used in this recipe is actually a spice mix that Trader Joes sells called "21 Seasoning Salute."  I recommend just buying the spice mix from Trader Joes, but if you don't want to/ don't have time, the spices in the blend are: onion, black pepper, celery seed, cayenne pepper, parsley, basil, marjoram, bay leaf, oregano, thyme, savory, rosemary, cumin, mustard, coriander, garlic, carrot, orange peel, tomato granules, lemon juice powder, and oil of lemon.  A lot of these you probably won't have at home either, and I don't know the proportions of each spice in the blend, but you could mimic the blend, sort of.
Anyway, this is one of my favorite, standby recipes.  A lot of my friends have had this meal, and a lot of them have asked for the recipe.  By the way, one thing about this recipe that I think is a must (of course) is squeezing lemon on the fish before you eat it.  Soooooo, here we go!!!

The Ingredients:

Serves 2.

1 lb. tilapia fillets
1 egg
2 tablespoons of milk 
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1 1/2 tablespoons 21 Seasoning Salute
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper

The Cooking:

1.  In a bowl, beat together the egg and milk.

Egg and Milk Beaten.

2.  On a plate, mix together the breadcrumbs, salt, and 21 Seasoning Salute.

Adding the 21 Seasoning Salute.

Everything all blended together.

3.  Salt and pepper each fish fillet.

Salted and Peppered fish.

4.  Dip each piece of fish in the egg and milk mixture.

Fish in the egg.

5.  Next, dredge each piece of fish through the breadcrumb/ herb mixture.  Make sure the fish is evenly coated, but not too thickly.

A coated fillet.

6.  Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.  Cook each piece of fish for 1-2 minutes on each side.  If fillets are thick, cook for 3-4 minutes per side.  Be careful not to overcook the fish, though!  It's done when it is white and it flakes easily.  The outside should be golden and crispy.  Makes 3-5 servings.  Enjoy!

Sauteing the fish.

The meal.

A close-up of the fish.


  1. She has made this for me before. It's so yummy! I love Talapia now.
    Thanks Sara

  2. making it again tonight for company still a yummy easy meal

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