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…
1/2 cup pretzels, crushed (about $2.o0)
1-2 tablespoons flour
heavy cream (about $1.20)
salt, pepper, paprika
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