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Fish fillets topped with crunchy breadcrumbs, tomato sauce and cheese. How could that not be amazing?
I have a real thing for Chicken Parmesan. I make it the usual way- breaded in a frying pan – sometimes. More often I do it in the slow cooker like this recipe:
Or on the grill like this one:
or baked in the oven.
I’ve actually never shared the oven-baked version on this site. I was planning to. But then I got the idea for Fish Parmesan instead. This has turned out to be a great recipe for my family. Why? They’re not really huge fish lovers. None of them. But they are Parmigiana lovers. So I take fish, which they tolerate, and top it with crunchy bread crumbs, tomato sauce and cheese, which they love. They dig in. It’s a compromise we can all live with.
It’s also really quick and easy to make, ready in under 20 minutes. I make some noodles tossed in tomato sauce or garlic and olive oil and a quick salad and we eat. Happily. United in Parmesan love.
A quick and easy recipe that both fish lover and haters will enjoy.
- 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 6 thin white fish fillets, such as tilapia
- 3 tsp. mustard, yellow or dijon
- 3/4 cup tomato sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a large pan with foil and spray it with baking spray (or grease it lightly with a dribble of olive oil).
- In a small bowl combine the panko, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set aside.
- Arrange fish fillets in a single layer on pan. Brush tops with the mustard. Sprinkle with the breadcrumb mixture and press gently to help it adhere to the mustard.
- Bake until breadcrumbs are nice and brown, about 10-12 minutes. Remove from oven. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce onto each fillet and then top each with one-sixth of the cheese. Return to the oven just until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Double check that the fish is flaky and cooked through before serving.
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