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Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Salsa

Tilapia is a delicious freshwater fish that has been a food staple in Africa for centuries. Because it is so easy to raise on fish farms, it is now widely available in the United States, where its moderate cost has made it a supermarket favorite.

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  • Servings: 4
Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Salsa

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2006

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 4 (6 to 8 ounces each) skinless tilapia fillets
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Spicy Black Beans, (optional)
  • 1/2 cup prepared tomato salsa

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish, combine cornmeal and paprika; season generously with salt and pepper. Separate fillets into thick and thin sides. Dredge each piece in cornmeal mixture, patting it on to coat completely.

  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Cook as many pieces as will fit (without crowding) until golden brown and firm, about 2 minutes per side for thin pieces and 4 minutes per side for thick ones. Transfer to a plate; sprinkle with salt, if desired, and cover loosely to keep warm. Wipe skillet with a paper towel. Repeat with remaining oil and fish. Serve with Spicy Black Beans, if desired, and salsa.

Reviews (12)

  • AshEklund 5 Jan, 2012

    Very simple, very tasty. A good weeknight meal. I served it with roasted Brussels sprouts, but I bet the fish would make awesome sandwiches with cabbage and aioli as well.

  • AshEklund 5 Jan, 2012

    Very simple, very tasty. A good weeknight meal. I served it with roasted Brussels sprouts, but I bet the fish would make awesome sandwiches with cabbage and aioli as well.

  • AshEklund 5 Jan, 2012

    Very simple, very tasty. A good weeknight meal. I served it with roasted Brussels sprouts, but I bet the fish would make awesome sandwiches with cabbage and aioli as well.

  • Twyliah 25 Aug, 2011

    I love this recipe. It is a "never-fail" quick and easy meal. I serve it with Zatarains low-sodium black beans and rice. So yummy! Perfect recipe for when you don't have a lot of time to make dinner.

  • naturalsoapgirl 15 Mar, 2011

    It was yummy! Turned out perfectly. I added a dash of garlic powder to the cornmeal mixture. Served with bowtie pasta. Added feta cheese, chopped kalamata olives and basil pesto to the pasta and put a dash of pesto on top the tilapia also. Delicious! I will be making this again!

  • heidimatcham 25 Jan, 2011

    I agree. It was easy and tasted delicious. I served mine with kidney beans and rice. Yum

  • cheftb 1 Nov, 2009

    Very good and easy. I made this w/ canned black bean soup over white rice. Tasty!

  • roccocooks 10 Jun, 2008

    Fantastic! Served with Mango Peach Salsa, delish! Spicy black beans, I made with cumin, corn, garlic

  • roccocooks 10 Jun, 2008

    Fantastic! Served with Mango Peach Salsa, delish! Spicy black beans, I made with cumin, corn, garlic

  • roccocooks 10 Jun, 2008

    Fantastic! Served with Mango Peach Salsa, delish! Spicy black beans, I made with cumin, corn, garlic

  • ehguy11 15 Feb, 2008

    Fast and delicious! I add a bit of Cajun Seasoning I bought in New Orleans, along with the paprika. Tilapia is one of our favorite fish dinners.

  • JLKLadybug 29 Jan, 2008

    Yum! Very easy and tasty. I don't know if it made a difference, but I first dipped the fish in a beaten egg, then in the cornmeal mixture. I served it with a store bought red pepper and onion relish.

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