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I have put this together after experimenting with several ways to achieve what I wanted. It makes a wonderful herb crunch on the fish and could be used on other types of fish as well.
- 2 -4 tilapia fillets
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon creole seasoning
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
- 1 tablespoon dried basil
- 1 -2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (your choice)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- buttermilk, enough to cover fish
- Combine all spices/dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
- Cover fish with buttermilk approximately 1 hour prior to cooking.
- Spread the spice mixture onto a flat plate.
- Press the fish fillets firmly into the spices, coating both sides.
- Heat the oil until almost smoking in a large heavy skillet. (I use a large electric skillet set at 350 deg.).
- Cook the fish about 3 minutes on each side for fillets less than 3/4 inch thick. Increase time slightly for thicker fillets.
- Serve with lemon wedges. We like stone ground grits with our fish in lieu of potatoes.
This is an awesome recipe! The buttermilk causes the herbs to stick and form a wonderful crust on the fish. I used it on rock cod also and it was fantastic. Thanks for this recipe MewMew it will be a regular.