Crispy Tilapia Bites
By: Kim B
Crunchy, easy and delicious, they are a good way to get kids or people who say they don’t like to eat fish to love it! You can adjust the seasonings to your liking. This recipes also works well with Cod fish, Catfish, or peeled and deveined shrimp.
4 fresh Tilapia fillets
Zest and juice of one lime
Coarse corn meal
Spice Mix: 1/2 tsp black pepper, 1 tsp Chili powder, 1/2 tsp Cumin, 1/2 tsp smoky paprika, 1/4 tsp sugar
1 cup Grape seed Oil or Peanut Oil
Large, heavy skillet for shallow fry, or wok
Rinse fish in cold water and place in a shallow bowl. Cover with cold salted water and let it sit while you prepare other ingredients Or at least 20 minutes.
Make spice mix and set aside.
Heat oil in the pan over med heat.
Drain fish and pat dry with paper towels.
With a sharp knife, slice fish fillets diagonally into thinner pieces.
Squeeze and rub lime juice into the fish pieces. Mix the lime zest with 2 tsp salt and sprinkle and gently rub over fish. Sprinkle spice mix over fish to taste.
Increase skillet heat to med high. Add fish pieces in batches into the corn meal, tossing to coat.
Once little wisps of smoke arise from the skillet or oil reaches 350 degrees, carefully add fish in batches to oil after shaking off excess meal.
Fry until lightly brown and crispy, 2-3 minutes then carefully turn over and continue to cook another 2 minutes or until lightly brown. Remove to drain. Continue in batches and adjust the heat. Add as needed to keep a lively fry, but be careful not to burn the oil. If more oil is needed, allow the oil to heat back up to 350 before continuing.
Serve as part of a meal or a sandwich with your favorite bread, tortilla, sauces, etc, etc, etc. Or eat as is!