My mother loves tilapia. She has a difficult time finding kosher fresh tilapia in Cleveland, so it is something that she looks forward to enjoying when she visits.
Whenever she comes to visit, I try to prepare this favorite dish for her, battering it in breadcrumbs and frying it in a pan (Savta’s Favorite Breaded Tilapia). It is one of those simply delicious main dishes that is flaky, satisfying and never disappoints.
My mother will be coming to visit next week as she prepares for hip revision surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery during Chanukah.
And, my mother’s visit makes me think of tilapia.
I love dishes that can be prepared and then placed in the oven, preferably on a timer. This allows me to do other things while the food is being cooked.
Fry-pan breaded tilapia does not meet those qualifications. And, baked fish just doesn’t have the crunchy outside and soft inside of fried fish that would satisfy my mother. So, I put my thinking cap on.
And, this is what I came up with….simple, satisfying and a delicious wow!
1 cup French Fried Onions
1/2 cup creamy dressing. I used Simple, Creamy and Perfect Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette
4-6 tilapia fillets
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet or pie plate with parchment paper.
Pulse french fried onions in the food processor using the S-blade or crush by rolling a rolling pin or pounding a mallet over zipper bag of french fried onions.