Pint-Size Chef Makes Breaded Fried Fish Fillets

Even kids can't resist this simple and delicious way to prepare tilapia. It's perfect for Fridays during Lent.


Sometimes it can be hard to get kids to eat fish that isn't formed into patties or sticks, breaded and deep fried.

Luckily, this simple way to prepare fish fillets seems to be a hit with most kids. It doesn't take long to prepare, and it only requires a few ingredients, which can be found at most grocery stores. And, of course, it's a great way to get protein on Fridays during Lent.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 tilapia fillets
  • olive oil
  • 1 package of saltines
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

Here's how to make it:

Empty a package of saltines into a 1-gallon plastic bag. Add a few shakes (approximately 1/2 tsp) of black pepper, salt and lemon pepper to the bag. Push out as much air as possible, seal and smash the crackers into crumbs.

Next, pour about a half a cup of olive oil into a bowl and coat your fish fillet. Let excess oil drop off the fillet, then add them to the plastic bag, this time leaving a little bit of air in the bag before sealing it. Gently coat the fillets with the cracker crumbs until covered.

In a medium pan, heat up 2 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the two fillets (and watch out for spattering). Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until the fish is flaky and golden brown.

Serve hot and enjoy. It's that easy!

Do you have a recipe to share? Email editor Jen Anesi at jen.anesi@patch.com. Original recipes only, please.


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