Posts Tagged ‘fish fry’

Fry Up This Fish!

Rachael ray

My never ending quest for new recipes has led me to Rachel Ray. I am not a fan of her show, her gravelly voice kind of gives me a little of that fingernails on chalk board feeling, and the whole acronym for Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is cute, but not necessary.  I am a fan of her garbage bowl idea, except that if you do that then there is another bowl to wash and then there is her entire marketing a bowl just to use for food scraps and such. Really, do people buy these when any old bowl would work?  I usually have a garbage pile – think paper towel with cooking trash on it…. easy and no bowl to wash.

So, maybe because I’m not a fan of her show I’ve never delved into any of Rachel Ray’s recipes.  When I have watched her on TV (flipping or stuck at the car dealer or what not), what she does cook looks delish (and when she says Yum-O I truly believe it is!), but I’ve never had any follow through to try her recipes myself. Until I did.

I’ve already spoken of my love of trying new recipes and my recent new found love of getting cookbooks from the library… well, a few weeks back I checked out a Rachel Ray cookbook called Rachel Ray’s Look + Cook. I’m a sucker for a book with beautiful photos of food and this one had it. But… in the three weeks I had the book in my possession I only tried one recipe (just because of vacation, requests of old favorites, eating out) The good news is  the one and only recipe I did try was delish and will be a repeat performer in my kitchen. My Man was out of town when I made this dish so only Little Miss, Buddy and I were able to rate it. Little Miss and I gave it an A and Buddy gave it a blech… but really I may just take my most picky eater out of the equation on this one…. I think most of what I make he thinks is blech.

So, here’s the recipe for Chili-Lime Fish Fry

  • 4 tilapia fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  •  1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 limes
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 TBS chopped fresh thume leaves or 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/4 cup vegetable, canola, or safflower oil.
  1. Season the fish with salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange 3 shallow dishes; place the flour in one, beat the eggs in the second, and put the bread crumbs in the third.
  3. Season the breadcrumbs with 1 TBS grated lime zest, the chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder and thyme.
  4. Coat the fish in the flour, eggs, and seasoned bread crumbs.


  1. Heat the oil in skillet over medium to medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the fish for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until deeply golden and crispy.
  3. Season with a little extra salt and top the fish with lots of lime juice.

It was very easy and the fish was mouth watering yummy. I’m thinking it’d be good in fish tacos or in a salad or on a sandwich made with a crispy roll and a little tarter sauce or  just by itself.

My cooking tip: use pasta serving bowls for your flour, egg, breadcrumb dippers. They are just the right size!

How I changed the recipe: I didn’t change much in this one. I used dried thyme instead of fresh and dried onions instead of onion powder (which I just did not have).

Get out your frying pan and give it a try. Enjoy!