Panko Tilapia

Panko tilapia…sounds delicious right?  Crispy panko crumbs on flaky tilapia…what could go wrong?  The picture still looks pretty good, right?  Well, let’s just say that this was definitely not my finest hour in the kitchen.  I’ll share the recipe with you, as well as my thoughts on what went wrong and how it could be improved.

OK so first of all, I love cooking with panko.  It’s so easy and always gives a delicious crunchiness to any dish.  However, I think in every capacity I’ve ever used it, it’s been baked.  This particular recipe says to cook it in a skillet.  I was skeptical how that would work without burning the panko crumbs on the outside.  Apparently my skepticism was warranted because that’s exactly what happened.  The picture above is the least burnt of the 4 fillets.  So I would definitely go with baking it next time.

Also, this fish was completely flavorless.  I mean completely.  It was like eating crunchy air.  Obviously, this fish needs some additional spices, like seasoned salt, or maybe some basil and oregano, or even some creole seasoning.  Anything would be an improvement!  I tried spritzing some lemon juice on top which definitely helped.

I’ll post the recipe just as I did it so you can have a base idea for it.  If you want to try and liven this dish up and come up with some ideas to take it from bland to bangin’, let me know what you suggest!

Panko Tilapia

Source:  eMeals
Serves: 4

WW Points:  6

2 T AP flour
1 t lemon pepper
4 t veg. oil
1/2 c fat free egg substitute
2/3 c panko crumbs
4 tilapia fillets

Combine flour & lemon pepper in a shallow dish, egg sub in a 2nd dish, and panko crumbs in a 3rd dish.

Dredge fillets into flour mix, then into egg sub & then into panko crumbs.

In a medium skillet, heat oil; add fillets & cook 3 min. Turn fillets & cook 3 min more or until flakey.


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