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How to Cook Tilapia Fillets Using an Electric Skillet

by M.T. Wroblewski

Call it a happy convergence of a trusty, traditional kitchen appliance with a relatively new taste trend: using an electric skillet to cook tilapia. Set to an exact temperature, electric skillets offer the benefit of more consistent, energy-efficient cooking without heating up your kitchen, and if it has a removable dish, the dish can be set right on your table or buffet. When tilapia fillets are the meal du jour, you’re bound to reel in attention; this mild white fish broke through Americans’ top 10 list of most-favored seafood in 2002 and has been swimming upstream ever since.

Create a coating for your tilapia fillets. Use store-bought bread crumbs and enhance them with some Parmesan cheese. Or smash up some corn flakes or stuffing cubes and add some garlic powder. For a tasty surprise, shave some thin potato strips with a vegetable peeler or spiralizer and kick up the potato flavor with a little onion powder.

Set up three small, oval dishes: one for flour, seasoned with a little salt and pepper, one for several beaten eggs and one for your coating. Dip each tilapia fillet in the flour, then in the egg and then the coating. Place the fillets on a dish and spray them with nonfat cooking spray to give extra staying power to the coating.

Set your electric skillet to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the skillet with some nonfat cooking spray. If your skillet has a nonstick finish, you can cook with little to no vegetable oil or butter, but if you melt some butter in the skillet, the tilapia will soak it up nicely and gain more flavor.

Place the fillets on the electric skillet and cook them for five minutes. Flip them over and cook for another five minutes, or until the topping is golden brown and the tilapia flakes easily with a fork. Serve the fillets with lemon wedges, if you like.

Items you will need
  • Tilapia fillets (washed and patted dry)
  • Nonfat cooking spray
  • Coating for tilapia
  • Three oval dishes
  • Flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • Beaten eggs
  • Nonfat cooking spray
  • Plate
  • Lemon wedges (optional)

Tip

  • Use wooden or rubber utensils on your electric skillet; metal utensils could damage the nonstick surface.

About the Author

With education, health care and small business marketing as her core interests, M.T. Wroblewski has penned pieces for Woman's Day, Family Circle, Ladies Home Journal and many newspapers and magazines. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University.

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