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This delightfully simple little recipe for pan fried tilapia is just what the family will want to order right from the first time you make it. Even if you are not a big fish eater, you will love this pan fried tilapia recipe for its distinct yet subtle flavors. Also, it is not too heavy when you are in the mood to have something light to eat. The fish is first coated with a ranch dressing paste made with oil, pepper, and garlic and it is then dipped into breadcrumbs. Finally you will pan fry the tilapia filets until they are golden brown on the outside and cooked through on the inside.

If you want to add some spice, you can add red pepper flakes to the breadcrumb mixture or a few drops of Tabasco sauce to the ranch paste, but this is optional and the pan fried tilapia is flavorful enough without it. Some people do enjoy a little extra spice though.

You can serve this simple fish recipe with rice or potatoes and any green vegetable you like, perhaps peas or string beans. Use fresh or thawed tilapia for this easy fish recipe. Frozen tilapia is a good budget choice and sometimes you can get it on sale. It is worth stocking up on frozen fish because there are so many easy fish recipes, like this pan fried tilapia dish, that you can make with it.

Crispy Breaded Tilapia with Basil and Garlic
Summary:: Breading fish is one of the best ways to add a crunchy texture and nice flavor, and also to seal in the juices. Garlic, lemon and basil feature too.
Cuisine: Italian
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • 1 lb tilapia filets
  • 1 oz ranch dressing mix
  • ¾ cup Italian style dry breadcrumbs
  • 2 ½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 8 lemon slices, for garnish
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish (optional)
  1. Put the breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl and stir the basil into them.
  2. Mix the ranch dressing mix with the garlic and pepper in another bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and mix it into a paste. Rinse the tilapia filets under cold water and pat them mostly dry with a paper towel.
  3. Coat the fish with the ranch paste mixture, spreading it on as evenly as possible. Press the fish into the Italian breadcrumbs, patting lightly to give a light coating of the crumbs.
  4. Heat the canola oil in a skillet, making sure the oil coats the entire pan. Gently place the filets into the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until the fish is a nice golden brown and flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Garnish the fish with lemon slices and parsley, and then serve with rice and your favorite green vegetable.

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You can see the contrast between the flaky, hot tilapia in the photo and its golden brown breaded outside. This crispy, crumbly coating transforms some humble tilapia filets into something absolutely delectable. There is nothing difficult about coating fish in breadcrumbs and frying it but these simple steps lead to an amazing dish. Serve your pan fried tilapia recipe with rice or potatoes and perhaps beans, peas or another vegetable. If you are looking for easy fish recipes because you are new to cooking with fish, this pan fried tilapia is a nice one to begin with because it is so straightforward to prepare.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

Everyone knows 'the big three' which are cod, tuna and salmon, but sometimes it is fun to try different types of fish, such as perch, trout, monkfish, or even shellfish like mussels or clams. There are seafood recipes for every season and occasion, those served chilled for a refreshing burst of flavor, and those served hot in stew or soup form.

Choose from crispy fried fish, tender pan-fried or poached cuts, or what about a seafood medley boasting the most wonderful flavors of the sea, lake or river? Seafood can be served as part of a salad or savory dish, or it can be served as an appetizer or snack. Bacon-wrapped scallops, anyone? You will find a comprehensive collection of wonderful seafood recipes right here, for your inspiration and enjoyment.

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