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Crispy Tilapia Fillets, a Great Fish Recipe

Don and his wife love to cook. They enjoy new and different recipes and experimenting with interesting combinations of ingredients.

A great Fried Tilapia Recipe

I received an email a friend who really loved the spicy flavors they got when eating the fish filets prepared with this simple recipe and they thought we would like it also.

We tried it, and I must admit that it does have a really good and distinct taste, whether it is served as an entrée, or even when eaten on a sandwich.

The health conscious among us already know about the benefits of eating fish and although this recipe is for a fried dish, it still provides the healthy attributes from eating fish.

And, depending on the level of Fats in foods, it can provide significant levels of Omega-3’s, and Protein; and because of this, most varieties of fish can be helpful in lowering the risk of Heart Disease.

Tilapia History:

Tilapia is a generic name for over a hundred varieties of fish that thrive in fresh and brackish waters around the world.

Because this fish tends to grow fast and can grow to large sizes they are popular with the fish farming industry.

Tilapia has become very popular as a cheap, mild flavored fish, sold in the supermarkets of America.

Fried Tilapia

Fried Tilapia filets

Fried Tilapia filets

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

20 min

10 min

30 min

Serves 4 people six ounces of Fish


  • 4 6-ounce Tilapia Fillets
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 2 tbs. Mustard, Spicy
  • 1 tsp. Hot Sauce, I prefer Cholula
  • 1/2 tsp. Basil, minced
  • 2 tbs. Flour, All-Purpose
  • 2 to 3 tbs. Canola Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 14 to 16 Saltine Crackers, Low Fat


  1. Crack and mix the Eggs in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the Mustard, Basil and Hot Sauce together in the bowl with the Eggs and blend together well.
  3. Place the Saltines into a plastic or paper bag and crush until fine the crumbs have a fine consistency.
  4. While still in the bag, add the Flour, Salt and Pepper, and shake until well blended, then spread the mixture onto a medium plate.
  5. Place the Canola Oil into a large saucepan and heat it (medium to high Heat) until the surface of the oil shimmers.
  6. Place the Tilapia fillets, one at a time, into the flour mixture (both sides), then the Eggs, then the flour again.
  7. Then place the breaded fillets carefully into the Oil.
  8. Cook each fillet for 3-1/2 to 4 minutes on each side, keeping the Oil hot throughout.
  9. Remove the fillets when done and place onto a paper towel to remove any residual Oil.

Additional TILAPIA Preparation Notes

Tilapia Preparation

NOTE: This recipe is just a little Spicy, but the flavors really add to the mildness of the Tilapia.

NOTE: If you are serving the fish on a Sub sandwich, mix a little Mayonnaise (Low-Fat) and Mustard together for a condiment.

I usually add a fresh green such as Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, and a few rings of Red Onion to round it off.

NOTE: Sometimes a little Cheese such as Provolone or Swiss, adds to the flavor of the sandwich, if it is at least partially melted on the Fillets.

How to bread and fry fish

Healthy Take on Fish and Chips

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 25, 2012:

noenhulk,thanks for the Comment on one of my favorite recipes.

noenhulk on October 25, 2012:

I love tilapia too. Fry them and dip in lemon juice or vinegar with soy sauce. super yummy friend! Thanks for sharing I will try this too. Voted up!

Ronnie Sowell from South Carolina on April 02, 2012:

That sounds good! I'll have to try it...

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on April 02, 2012:

thanks to you Sunshine625, for your comment. The Recipe is an easy one, and I just put it into the new Hubpage Recipe format, as a trial.

Have a great day!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 02, 2012:

Tilapia is my favorite fish and this recipe looks delish and so simple! Thanks for sharing!!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 07, 2011:

Thanks Cloverleaf! BTW, this recipe does use saltines and the breading will have some color, but unless you do a little doctoring, it may seem rather light to you. On the other hand the saltines are better than other crackers if you are watching those calories.fats. etc.

Louise from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 07, 2011:

Hi Don! I'm all for spicy recipes, this one sounds great. Bookmarking and voting up :-)


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 06, 2011:

Hi KTrapp! Yes, Tilapia is a school fish originally from the pacific ocean on the Asian coast, and now it has been found to grow well in "Fish Farms", thus its growing popularity in the US. And like most Farmed fish that grow fast, and eat "feeds", it usually has a very mild flavor..

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 05, 2011:

I have to admit I am not a fish eater, but this looks really good and really easy and I know I need to add fish to my diet. If by "mild" you mean not too fishy in flavor then I may give this a try. It looks like the asparagus with it is really good too.

lee custodio on October 05, 2011:

great recipe! i would just season my tilapia with salt then fry em and make a vinegar dipping sauce. Will give this one a try. thanks for sharing, very useful. :)

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