Friday, April 12, 2013

Oven "Fried" Tilapia Fish

Oven Fried Tilapia
Thawed/ fresh tilapia filets
crushed Ritz* Crackers (I used the Roasted Vegetable variety)
Panko bread crumbs
 Bleu Cheese salad dressing (I used Marzetti)
coconut oil
flour (I used whole wheat)
cayenne/ ground red pepper
grated Parmesan cheese
I preheated the oven to 425*
Melted* a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil in a casserole dish. Coconut oil is solid to 77*, but liquid above that. It is still cold here!
Then, I got out three shallow dishes. In the first, I had about 1/2 cup of flour, some salt, and some garlic, and ground red pepper. Use as much as your family likes the taste of!
In the second, I mixed 1/2 to 3/4 cup of Marzetti Bleu Cheese salad dressing, 2 beaten eggs, and about 1/2 cup of milk to make a thick viscosity liquid.

In the third, I crushed up about 3/4 of a sleeve of the roasted vegetable Ritz crackers. I added about 3/4 cup of Panko bread crumbs. (We prefer the taste of the Kikkoman brand here!)
I laid out a sheet of waxed paper. Dipped each thawed tilapia fillet  into the flour, rolling to coat. Then into the egg/blue cheese mixture, and finally into the cracker/panko mixture.

When all were coated, I transferred them into the casserole dish, and turned to coat both sides with the melted coconut oil. I could of gone right from the last dip into the oiled pan, except my coconut oil was still melting at the time!


I sprinkled with grated Parmesan cheese, and baked 25 minutes.
This was the best (home made) baked fish I ever ate. Seriously.