Prep 20 mins
Cook 20 mins
This is a recipe that my wife created and I simply LOVE! This has become one of our two top favorite fish recipes ever. It is a little spicy, and that can be adjusted as desired. But this one is never fishy, and is a nice blend of seafood and Mexican-style food. We always make this with frozen or fresh tilapia, but you could substitute any light, thin white fish fillet.
- 1 medium onion
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 1 (16 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- 1 (7 ounce) can Mexican tomato sauce, hot style (El Pato brand)
- 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs
- 6 tilapia fillets
- 1 lemon
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt (optional)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Sauté the onion in olive oil until lightly brown.
- Add garlic and sauté for a minute longer, then scoop out and set aside.
- Pat fish dry, then sprinkle with lemon juice and salt (optional) on one side. Lightly sprinkle with bread crumbs on that side for a light coating.
- Place fish in the hot pan breading side down and repeat the sprinkle with lemon juice, salt, and bread crumbs for the top side.
- Fry fish over medium-high heat till done through, about 10 minutes, flipping once. remove fish and set aside in a baking dish.
- Add onions, garlic, crushed tomatoes, and Mexican tomato sauce to pan and heat over medium heat. Be sure to scrape all the leftovers from frying into the sauce by scraping/stirring.
- Pour the cooked sauce over the fish in the baking dish to cover completely and bake in the oven at 350° for about 20 minutes.