Delicious panko crusted tilapia pan-fried in olive oil. Serve with seasonal fresh veggies and a grain such as couscous or rice. You probably have at least four out of five of the ingredients on hand already!
Hi everyone! It’s the 22nd, which means it’s Recipe Redux day! As the first and only recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians,The Recipe ReDux is focused on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you.
Here’s this month’s theme:
Spring Clean the Kitchen
Cook with at least 3 ingredients that are actually in your refrigerator or pantry right now. Try not to go to the store to buy anything new. Give tips on how to make a healthy dish out of whatever you have on-hand.
I try to keep a well-stocked pantry so I can easily whip together random dishes when needed. Items I usually have on hand include: flour (all types), grains (couscous or quinoa), pasta, beans, canned tuna, tomato sauce, eggs, breadcrumbs (both regular and panko), and oils (olive, canola, walnut).
My freezer is also stocked with frozen fruits and veggies (strawberries, mango, pineapple, bananas, carrots, broccoli) and sometimes fish. Lately, I’ve been buying packs of frozen tilapia– the kind that comes individually vacuum packed. You can take a filet out of the freezer and pop it under running water and it’s defrosted in a matter of minutes. Whenever the husband is out of town or not eating dinner with me, I will usually cook fish or tuna because he hates it so much, you have to take advantage of every opportunity!
This month’s Recipe Redux encouraged us to cook a meal without going to the grocery store– what do you already have on hand that could be made into a meal? Well, I had frozen tilapia, flour, panko, egg and olive oil. I also had a bunch of asparagus leftover that needed to be used.
VIDEO: HOW TO MAKE PANKO CRUSTED TILAPIA
To make panko crusted tilapia, all you need is three bowls: one filled with flour, one with whisked egg, and another with panko. Dip the filets into each one, covering well, and then place in a pan with olive oil! Fry gently until golden brown on each side.
I ate this for lunch along with the roasted asparagus. To roast the asparagus, simply line a baking sheet with foil, place the asparagus on the sheet and drizzle with olive oil and parmesan. Place in a preheated oven about 400 degrees for ten minutes. Yum!
QUICK TIPS FOR YOUR PANKO CRUSTED TILAPIA
- Make sure your oil is hot before you put in your tilapia. Try tossing in a crumb of panko, if it sizzles, the oil is ready.
- Just before serving a squeeze of lemon juice can really take the flavors up a notch!
Tilapia tastes great covered with a crispy panko crust, pan-fried in olive oil. Serve with seasonal fresh veggies and a grain such as couscous or rice.
- 4 tilapia filets
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Pat the fish dry with a paper towel. Set aside.
- Set three dishes side by side on the counter. Fill one with the flour, another with the egg (whisked + splash of water) and the third with the panko breadcrumbs.
- Dip each filet into the flour, covering both sides. Next, dip into the egg. Finally, dip into the Panko, making sure both sides get a nice covering.
- In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the fish and cook 2-3 minutes per side, until they’re golden and crisp and the fish easily flakes.
Hi! I’m Emily, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and self-taught intuitive chef. I firmly believe that cooking is the simplest and most important step we can take to improve our minds and bodies and build healthier communities. Join me and let’s bring food back to the kitchen!