Crispy Fried Tilapia


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Crispy Fried Tilapia

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    This simple fish recipe is perfectly crispy on the outside and tender and flakey on the inside. Pair it with Crispy Twice-Fried Potatoes and our tasty Remoulade Sauce for a truly remarkable meal.

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    Servings and Ingredients

    Serves 6
    2 lbs. Fish Market fresh skinless tilapia fillets, 3/4 to 1 in. thick
    1 c. Hy-Vee lowfat buttermilk
    Hy-Vee vegetable oil, for frying
    1 c. tapioca flour
    1 c. potato starch
    2 tbsp. Badia Andrew Zimmern Food Adventures lemon & shallots seasoning
    Coarsely ground Hy-Vee sea salt, for serving
    Rémoulade Sauce, for serving

    Things To Grab

    • Large bowl
    • 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven
    • Wire rack
    • Large rimmed baking pan
    • 2 shallow bowls


    1. Place tilapia fillets in a large bowl. Pour buttermilk over fish; turn fillets to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours or overnight.

    2. Heat 2 in. oil to 375 degrees in a 5- to 6-qt. Dutch oven. Place a wire rack in a large rimmed baking pan; set aside.

    3. Place tapioca flour in a shallow bowl; place potato starch in another shallow bowl.

    4. Remove 1 tilapia fillet from buttermilk; shake off excess. Dip fillet in tapioca flour to coat both sides; sprinkle with lemon & shallot seasoning. Then dip in potato starch to coat; shake off excess. Repeat with remaining fillets.

    5. Fry coated fish fillets in batches for 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp and cooked through (145 degrees). Drain on wire rack in baking pan. Season with salt before serving. Serve with Rémoulade Sauce, if desired.

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