[Disclaimer: It’s impossible to get through this recipe without getting “Give Me That Fillet O Fish” stuck in your head. My apologies.]
I’ve been all about my grill lately, but I’m always looking for ways to mix it up. The June issue of Food & Wine magazine brought it — tons and tons of great grill ideas. This recipe caught my eye. You grill the fish and then press it into toasted Panko.
Panko are Japanese breadcrumbs that I see in recipes all the time. I finally sucked it up and bought them and it was definitely a “Where you have been all my life?!” moment. They are crispier than regular breadcrumbs, which give a fried effect.
The result is the perfect summer dinner — one that’s very healthy to boot!
Ingredients (Serves Two)
Two tilapia fillets, about four ounces each
1/2 cup Panko
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (reduced sodium!)
1/2 tbsp butter melted
Salt and pepper to taste
Whole wheat buns, lettuce, tomato, and mayo
This is How We Do It
Melt half a tablespoon of butter over medium-low heat and add the breadcrumbs. Cook for about five minutes, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Then stir in the Old Bay.
Transfer the crumbs to a plate. (You can make these the night before; just store at room temperature in an airtight container.)
Meanwhile, season the fish with salt and pepper and fire up the grill. Grill for about 8 minutes, turning once.
While the fish is grilling, toast the buns and top with mayo, lettuce, and tomato. When the fish is done brush each fillet on both sides with the remaining half-tablespoon of melted butter and then press the fish into the toasted breadcrumbs, getting it nice and coated. Fish flakes when it’s cooked, so it might fall apart a bit, but just scoop up the breadcrumbs and coat it as best you can!
Put your sandwich together, crack open a beer and toast to a perfect summer dinner!
This sandwich was pretty much everything I never knew I always wanted. The buttery breadcrumbs were simply delicious and such a good way to take plain white fish up a notch. (Actually I plan on Panko-ing the shit out of everything now that I know how great it is.) Grilling is so easy that taking the extra step with the breadcrumbs means that this is still a quick and delicious dinner. I think this one is going to be in pretty frequent rotation this summer!