Tonisha’s Pretzel-crusted Tilapia

What do you do when you are out of breadcrumbs and crackers, but you want crunchy pan-seared fish?  Well, you invent something.  Tonight, I used my creative skills and made pretzels the crumb for the tilapia. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but we ended up more than pleased!  Again, there is no formal recipe for this, but here goes…

1 pound tilapia fillets (about 2-3) ~ (on sale $4.99)

1/2 cup pretzels, crushed (about $2.o0)

1-2 tablespoons flour

heavy cream (about $1.20)

salt, pepper, paprika

canola oil

Rinse the fish and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika.  Crush the pretzels in a plastic bag and add flour, then shake.  Pour the pretzel mixture on a plate and about 1/4 of heavy cream in a bowl.  Heat about 3-4 tablespoons oil in a pan.

Dip seasoned fish in cream, then lay on pretzel mixture.  Press pretzel mixture into fish on both sides.  Place in pan with hot oil.  Cook for 4 minutes, then carefully flip with spatula. Cook about 4 minutes longer, then remove from pan.  Serve immediately.

I prepared this meal tonight with steamed carrots & broccoli ($2.00) and Parmesan couscous ($2.20), in about 30 minutes, and it cost roughly $15.00

Pretzel-crusted Tilapia with Parmesan Couscous

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