Total Time
Prep 12 mins
Cook 25 mins

I had five pieces of IQF tilapia defrosted tonight, but no inspiration on how to prepare them. I happened to look in the freezer and see a bag of tater tots. "Finger foods sounds good" I thought. So I tweaked a recipe from a Cooking Light cookbook into this recipe. My kids loved it. They ate them with ketchup while I prefered tartar sauce. We all also had tater tots and applesauce.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put the fresh bread crumbs on a cookie sheet and place them in the oven until they are toasted (3-5 minutes). Take them out and set them aside to cool.
  2. Turn the oven up to 425 degrees.
  3. Cut the tilapia into slices about one inch thick. (I cut mine on the short side because my kids are small and like small nuggets.).
  4. Put the tilapia in a bowl and add the milk. Stir well.
  5. In a large ziploc type bag add the toasted bread crumbs, cornmeal, and pepper.
  6. Using a slotted spoon, remove the fish from the milk and put the pieces into the bag. Seal it and then shake it up so all the pieces are coated.
  7. Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  8. Place the nuggets on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the tops with salt.
  9. Bake until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 15-25 minutes.
Most Helpful

These were delicious & very easy to make. I'm officially a convert! I will be making my own fish nuggets in future, rather than buying frozen fish sticks or nuggets. I was able to use whole wheat bread for the breadcrumbs to make it a little healthier & loved the skim milk to keep it lower in fat! Did not add any salt/pepper but used some Cajun seasoning in the breadcrumbs/cornmeal mix instead. Gave it a great, but not terribly spicy flavor. Going to add these to the repertoire! Great recipe! =)

jencali January 17, 2011

These were simple and the texture was great - I was afraid the crumb coating wouldn't stick but it was just fine. I might add more to the coating, like some cayenne or some parmesan. Thanks for posting.

pattikay in L.A. February 17, 2010

Made for my grandkids lunch... I used 2% milk, since that's what was in the fridge. Added 1 tsp Old Bay Seasoning to the dry mixture. My tilapia was very thin, so I baked for 6 minutes, turned, and baked 6 minutes more. Flaky and tasty! We will make these again!

Kizzikate June 02, 2007