Jeannie’s Kickin’ Fried Fish

Dish Description
This was one of those recipes I created when I was cleaning out my spice cabinet! Everyone asks me for this recipe!
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets, rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs (such as Progresso┬«)
  • 2 teaspoons roasted onion flakes
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon blackened seasoning (such as Old Bay┬«)
  • 2 pinches crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground sea salt, or to taste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • Beat the egg with milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, roasted onion flakes, garlic, blackened seasoning, crushed red pepper flakes, black pepper, and sea salt.
  • Dip a tilapia fillet into the egg mixture, then press gently into the crumb mixture on both sides; set the coated fillet onto a plate. Repeat with remaining fillets; refrigerate the coated fillets for about 15 minutes to help set the crumbs.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a cast-iron frying pan over medium heat. Lay the fillets into the skillet, and pan-fry until golden brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side. The fish should be opaque and flaky underneath the coating. Remove and drain fillets on paper towels.