I tried a new recipe this weekend using tilapia.

It is so tasty and crunchy you'd swear it's fried but it's not. It's baked.

If you're looking for a lighter version of cooking fish without all the fat and calories of frying it. Then this is the recipe for you.

Crunchy Oven Fried Tilapia


  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pepper
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 pound tilapia fillets
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees Celsius).
  2. Sift or stir flour, salt, and pepper together in a shallow dish, and set aside. In a bowl, beat egg whites until white and frothy. In another bowl, combine bread crumbs with cornmeal and basil.
  3. To bread the fillets, dip first into flour, shaking off any excess, then into egg whites, then into bread crumb mixture.
  4. Spray a shallow baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Lay fillets flat in the dish, tucking under any thinner ends or edges for more even cooking. Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a folk.

This is so good and easy to make not to mention quick to bake only 15 minutes from oven to the table. Now that's helpful on a busy week night or when you just don't feel like being in the kitchen for a long time.

Plus, this recipe and those attached below are perfect for the Lent.