Tilapia with a Neo-Soul Touch

Carol White


It’s Friday night and the cast iron skillet is waiting for this fish.
When delicious seafood is dipped in flavorful batters or coatings before baking or frying, it adds an extra dimension of crispness that retains flavor and moisture. My pan fried Tilapia was marinated the night before then dredge in season flour combined with instant mash potato flakes which make the perfect coating for this fish.


★★★★★ 2 votes

10 Min
15 Min
Deep Fry



  • 3 large
    tilapia fillets ( cut in half)

  • 1 Tbsp
    fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp
    ms dash garlic & herb seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    crush black pepper

  • 1 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1/2 c
    instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 Tbsp
    old bay seasoning
  • 1 tsp
    garlic powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp
    crush black pepper
  • 1 tsp
  • ·
    coconut oil for pan frying

How to Make Tilapia with a Neo-Soul Touch


  1. 1. Place tilapia filets in a large Ziploc storage bag and add fish sauce, sesame oil, Ms Dash Garlic & herb, and black pepper. Seal bag and make sure fish is covered well. Then place fish in refrigerator and let marinade for an hour or over night if you can.
    Note: Prep time does not include marinading time.
  2. Prepare fish to fry - remove fish from marinade place on a plate. In a large Ziploc bag, add flour, instant mash potato flakes, Old Bay, garlic powder, cumin, black pepper, and salt if you desire. Place fish in bag and toss and shake until tilapia fillets are completely covered. Then remove filets and shake off excess coating and place on a plate to give coating a chance to adhere to fish.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat oil to about 325˚F (hot) place two filets at a time and fry until golden brown on each side and crispy. Then remove filets and place on a paper towel to drain, then season lightly with salt and pepper if you require additional seasoning. Continue process until you finish. Serve with hot sauce and your favorite side dish. Enjoy !

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About Tilapia with a Neo-Soul Touch

Course/Dish: Fish
Main Ingredient: Fish
Regional Style: African
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Fried #tilapia

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