Being from Boston, my uncles were all fishermen. Therefore, I was treated to a LOT of seafood, over the years. There was absolutely nothing better than my uncles dropping off the days’ catch to my mom, who would almost make something amazing. I remember my uncle’s dropping off baby lobsters because no one would buy them, now we all know them as chicken lobsters, and if they were free, there would be a line around the block, to get them.
My husband grew up as a good old midwestern boy, but he vacationed every year at Cape Cod, where he ate his share of great seafood.
When I moved to Ohio after we got married, I noticed that the seafood was different, they didn’t have lobsters, they had crab legs, and I literally remember going through the supermarket and saying, what are those? They just looked like something that came from outer space. Instead of cod, they ate salmon. I have never had salmon, so it was an acquired taste, my mother in law made the best salmon that I have ever had. I will probably be making it in the next couple of weeks, as we finish up Lent. She served it with a creamy dill dip, that even my son would eat (granted he would eat it without the salmon, but he would finish his bowl, LOL).
Seafood is important, it’s a great source of protein without a lot of fat. It hits most of the marks, gluten-free, low carb, and other diets.
Today, I am bringing you Tilapia, a widely distributed white fish. I did not grow up eating it, so I had to search for how to prepare it. First, it is a farmed fish, it can not be found in the wild, it has a lot of protein and Omega 3 fatty assets. It is a very controversial fish, I know this, because everyone posts it on my air fryer group, people all go up in arms. But it’s a recipe, and you don’t have to eat it, so I don’t get involved in the controversy. I’m just a food blogger, not an activist.
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Air Fryer, Easy Cajun Tilapia
This is such an easy way to make breaded fish in the air fryer, feel free to switch it out for haddock or cod, both work really well in this recipe.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 20
- Yield: 2 Servings 1x
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Air Fyrer
- Cuisine: American
- 1–2 pieces of tilapia (about 4–6 ounces each)
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay Seasoning
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- Hot sauce
- diced chives
- additional sour cream
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together the Old Bay Seasoning, sour cream, and water.
- In another bowl, mix together the panko and cornstarch.
- Dip your fish fillet into the sour cream mixture, and then into the panko mixture. As you bread the fish, place them on an air fryer tray or in an air fryer basket (both sprayed with olive oil). GENEROUSLY spray the top of the coating with olive oil, this will help it crisp up. Set the temperature for 400 degrees F, for 4 minutes, after 4 minutes, flip (spray again) and add another 4 minutes.
- Top off with some hot sauce, additional sour cream or fresh chives, Plate, serve, and enjoy!