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What’s for Dinner — Tilapia, the “Family-Friendly” Fish

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I love tilapia. I’ve often heard it referred to as “Jesus” fish since, according to legend, it was the fish served to the multitude.

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand


I’ve also heard it called the “family-friendly” fish. It is, indeed. Everyone loves tilapia. It’s light, it’s sweet, and it makes for a delicious meal.

Today, I’ll be using tilapia to fix crispy fish sticks served with broccoli coleslaw. I love fish, and my mouth is already watering at the thought.

Here’s the recipe I found at Real Simple:

fish-sticks_300Crispy Fish Sticks with Coleslaw

Ingredients for Coleslaw

1/3 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Black pepper
1/2 small head green cabbage, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
(Note: I’m adding broccoli to ours.)
 2 Carrots, grated

Ingredients for Fish Sticks

6-ounce tilapia fillets, split lengthwise
1/2 cup flour
2 large eggs, beaten
 1-1/2 cups canola oil (more if needed)
(Note: I’ll be using sunflower oil.)
1-1/2 cups Panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup ketchup
 (Note: I’m going to serve it with cocktail sauce.)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Add the cabbage and carrots and toss well.
  2. Season the tilapia with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Place the flour in a medium bowl, the eggs in a second medium bowl, and the panko in a third medium bowl. Coat the tilapia with the flour (tapping off any excess), dip in the eggs (shaking off any excess), then coat with the panko (pressing gently to help it adhere).
  3. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tilapia in batches until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side, adding more oil to the pan if necessary. Serve with ketchup and coleslaw.

This recipe serves 4.  Calories: 241 per serving. You’ll find complete nutritional information at Real Simple.

You’ll also find more delicious recipes for tilapia, including blackened tilapia, grilled tilapia, and a tilapia salad. I’ve got my eye on the fish cake with greens recipe. That one’s definitely going on my menu soon.

10 Easy Tilapia Recipes

Author: christinacoleromance

Christina Cole believes in the power of love. She writes romance novels with characters you'll care about and remember long after the end of the story.

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