Panko Crusted Tilapia with Tartar Sauce

This is the fish dish that will convert fish-haters once and for all. The golden crisp coating and tender, mild fish are simply irresistible—especially when combined with the simple tartar sauce.

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh chives
  • 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets, each divided lengthwise into 2 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • Lemon wedges
  • Tartar sauce:
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cornichon pickles
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Make the tartar sauce: combine the mayonnaise, pickle, capers, lemon juice, and parsley in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Spread the flour on a large plate. Beat the eggs in a wide shallow dish. Combine the breadcrumbs and chives and spread them evenly on a dinner plate.
  3. Season the tilapia with salt and pepper. Dredge each filet in the flour, shaking off excess, then dip in the egg ; finally, dredge in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing lightly to help it adhere to the fish.
  4. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add four pieces of tilapia and cook until the coating is nicely browned and the fish is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per side. With a slotted spatula transfer the fish to a warm plate. Add 1/4 cup oil and heat then repeat with remaining tilapia. Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges.