How To Make Tortilla Crusted Tilapia

When you have a craving for something in particular and you don’t have all the ingredients-you have to get creative! In this case, what was once a loss is actually a major gain. By replacing breadcrumbs with crushed tortilla chips, a typical fish fry gets a Mexican-twist. To top it off, we recommend using avocado oil for a healthier and tastier frying alternative. Pair with a homemade corn and black bean salsa and tomatillo sauce for an unbeatable meal. Follow along with our online culinary school instructor as he walks you through this delicious recipe.

Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia

4 tilapia filets
5 tortilla chips, cut into small pieces, bread crumb consistency
1 jalapeño
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
3 eggs beaten
3 tbsp avocado oil
3 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
½ cup all-purpose flour
Salt & pepper to taste

1. Chop jalapeno pepper and cilantro and add to chopped tortillas. Add chili powder, ground cumin and season with salt and pepper.
2. Season tilapia filet with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour and shake off excess. Dip each filet in egg wash and then roll in tortillas.
3. Place a heavy skillet over medium heat, add oil. When oil is hot, add the filet and cook until golden brown-about 2 minutes. Place in oven to finish cooking-about another 12 minutes or until the fish flakes.
4. While the fish is baking, make the roasted corn salsa and tomatillo sauce.

Roasted Corn & Black Bean Salsa

1 15 oz can of black beans, drained
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
1 piece roasted corn, slice kernels off the cob
2 spring onions, finely chopped
1 tomato, small diced
Juice of 1 lime
3 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
½ avocado, medium diced
Salt to taste

1. Combined all the ingredients in a bowl mix well, and season to taste, and refrigerate.

Tomatillo Salsa

6 tomatillos
1 jalapeño pepper
2 sprigs of cilantro
1 garlic clove
½ cup water
1.5 oz avocado oil
Salt to taste

1. Roughly chop all the ingredients. Place in blender, add water and puree until smooth. Add oil slowly and season to taste.

Pair your tortilla crusted tilapia with a black bean and corn salsa and tomatillo sauce.

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