Peppery "Popcorn" Fish

Alicia .


This was really just fooling around in the kitchen trying to find a way to "bread" fish since I was out of breadcrumbs.

I love a peppery breaded fish, so it may be necessary to slightly decrease the amount of pepper the recipe calls for.

I was kind of surprised that it browned so nicely!


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5 Min
15 Min


  • 2
    pieces tilapia (or other white fish)
  • 1 Tbsp
    lemon juice
  • 1 c
    non-buttered or salted popcorn, popped
  • 1/4 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    ground black pepper
  • dash(es)
  • 1/4 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp
    italian seasoning

How to Make Peppery "Popcorn" Fish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a baking dish.

    Pour the lemon juice over the fish and set aside.
  2. In a food processor (I used my magic bullet) pulse the popped popcorn until it resembles grated Parmesan cheese.

    Add the salt, pepper, garlic, paprika and Italian seasonings and pulse a few more times to well mix.

    Pour the popcorn mixture into a mixing bowl or ziplock bag.
  3. Blot the fish just dry enough so it isn't dripping and toss/shake so it is well coated on all sides.

    Place in prepared baking dish. Give a very quick spray of PAM over each and sprinkle a bit more of the popcorn mixture on top.
  4. Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until fish is done. Should look lightly browned.

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About Peppery "Popcorn" Fish

Course/Dish: Fish

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