Crispy Fish in Flatbread

Quick Post: This meal was a hit! My picky daughter went as far as to call this “brilliant” (a word I have never heard her use – but I appreciated it), and asked if I could make this again for Thanksgiving! ¬†She’s six, so I let that slide ūüėČ I will post the flat bread recipe I used for this soon – that one is a keeper, too! Thanks for reading, enjoy!


Crispy Fish in Flatbread – adapted from No More To Go

For the Fish –

  • 1 pound tilapia fillets – split
  • Blackening seasoning to taste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 egg, plus 1 TBSP water
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Peanut oil, canola oil or a combination of the two

For the Tartar Sauce –¬†Mom Makes Original¬†

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • 2-3 TBSP sweet dill pickle relish
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp true garlic powder
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp of lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp dried chives
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions –

1. Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl. Refrigerate.
2. In small shallow dish (pie plate), lightly beat egg with 1 tablespoon water. In another dish, pour in panko and in another dish, the cornstarch.
3. Season the tilapia with the blackening seasoning and salt, then lightly coat the fish with cornstarch – gently pat the fish to remove excess.
4. Dip the tilapia into the egg mixture, and then place the fish in the panko, making sure the piece is evenly coated. Set aside onto a clean plate and continue with the rest of the fish pieces.
5. In a heavy skillet, add enough oil to come up the sides 1/8-1/4‚ÄĚ inch.¬†Heat the oil over medium high heat until it shimmers.¬†Test the oil by dropping a little panko in the pan. The oil is hot enough bubbles form around the panko.
10. Without overcrowding the pan, fry the fillet until golden, flipping once. Depending on the thickness of the fillets, these will cook in just a few minutes.
11. To serve, spread tartar on a flatbread, arrange tilapia, and other toppings of your choice.

Orange Chicken

I don’t like take-out orange chicken because it has that fake, candy orange flavor – ick! I did however love this homemade version. The sauce is easy to make and doesn’t require lots of exotic ingredients, it’s fresh and the orange flavor is far superior to typical take-out versions. My family really enjoyed this too – my husband who is a fan of take-out orange chicken may never go back to that again ūüėČ I ruin things for him in really good ways! Same with cinnamon rolls, because he’ll never want the canned stuff again.

I would recommend making another half batch (or double if you like lots of sauce) of the marinade/sauce mixture. It is perfect mixed into the white rice. Next time I will add veggies to this like sugar snap peas or steamed broccoli to make up for the lack of fiber in this dish. Also, I used a combination of peanut oil and vegetable oil (it’s all I had) because I didn’t have enough peanut oil – that stuff is expensive! I’m sure you could fry this all in canola or vegetable oil though. Thanks for reading, enjoy!

Orange Chicken – adapted from Annie’s Eats

For the marinade and sauce:

  • ¬ĺ cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¬ĺ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1¬Ĺ tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 6 tbsp. white vinegar
  • ¬ľ cup soy sauce
  • ¬Ĺ cup brown sugar (dark or light)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • ¬ľ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1¬Ĺ lbs. boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp. cold water
  • 8 thin strips orange peel (optional)

For the coating and frying:

  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • ¬Ĺ tsp. baking soda
  • ¬ľ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups peanut or canola oil (I like a combination)

To make the marinade and sauce, combine the chicken broth, orange juice, orange zest, vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger and cayenne pepper in a large saucepan; whisk to blend well. ¬†Measure out¬†¬ĺ cup of the mixture and transfer it to a large zipper lock plastic bag. ¬†Add the chicken pieces to the bag, pressing out the excess air and sealing well. ¬†Refrigerate and let marinate 30-60 minutes, but no longer. ¬†Place the saucepan with the remaining mixture on the stove and heat over medium-high heat. ¬†Bring to a simmer. ¬†In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water until smooth. ¬†Add the mixture to the saucepan with the sauce. ¬†Continue simmering until the sauce is thick and translucent, about 1 minute. ¬†Remove from the heat and stir in the strips of orange peel, if using.

To prepare the coating, place the egg whites in a pie plate and whisk until frothy.  In a second pie plate combine the cornstarch, baking soda and cayenne pepper; whisk to blend.  Drain the chicken of the marinade in a colander or large strainer; pat dry with paper towels.  Place half of the chicken pieces in the egg whites and turn to coat.  Transfer the pieces to the cornstarch mixture and coat thoroughly, shaking off the excess.  Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

To fry the chicken, heat the oil in a 11- or 12-inch round Dutch oven or straight-sided saut√© pan until the oil reaches 350ňö F. ¬†Carefully place half of the chicken pieces in the oil and fry until golden brown, about 5 minutes, turning the pieces halfway through cooking. ¬†Remove from the oil with a skimmer or slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. ¬†Return the oil to 350ňö F and repeat with the remaining chicken pieces.

Reheat the sauce if necessary and toss with the cooked chicken pieces.  Serve over rice, if desired.

Fish Tacos

Quick Post: I’m not the most confident when it comes to fish or frying, but I tackled both for tonight’s dinner. Frying makes me nervous because it is pretty dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. Instead of deep frying, I only used about 1/3 of an inch of oil in my pan and flipped the fish halfway through the cooking time. Also, I recommend setting your oven to the lowest it will go – (mine was at 150) and placed the fish on a cooling rack on top of a sheet pan and let them hang out in the warm oven. Two pounds of fish is a lot to fry, and I couldn’t put more than 6 or 7 pieces in my pan at a time. These turned out to be really tasty and I would use this recipe again. We enjoyed these with my favorite Mexican “orange” rice and fresh pico de gallo. I would have liked to make the chile mayo because it would have added creaminess to go with the crunch of the fish, but I ran out of mayo the other day. Thanks for reading, enjoy!

The Ultimate Fish Tacos ingredients – adapted from Tyler Florence

  • 2 pounds mahi mahi¬†(skinned, boned and cleaned) cut into 1-ounce strips
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

Directions –

Prepare the fish. Cut the pieces of fish into 1-ounce strips. Set up a breading station of flour, lightly beaten eggs with water, and seasoned panko bread crumbs. Season all with salt and pepper. Dredge the pieces of fish in flour, egg then bread crumbs. Once all the fish is breaded deep-fry in small batches in (375 degrees F) oil. Drain on paper towels and season with salt. Keep warm until ready to serve.

Pico de Gallo ingredients – adapted from The Pioneer Woman

  • 5 whole Plum (roma) Tomatoes
  • ¬Ĺ whole Large (or 1 Small) Onion
  • 3 whole Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Juice
  • Salt To Taste

Direction –

Chop jalapenos, tomatoes and onions into a very small dice. (Leave seeds in your jalapenos for a hotter pico). Adjust amount of jalapenos to your preferred temperature. Next, chop up a nice-sized bunch of cilantro. Just remove and discard the long leafless stems before chopping. No need to remove the leaves from the stems completely. Place all of these ingredients together in a bowl and give it a good stir.

Squeeze the juice of half of one lime into the bowl. Add salt to taste and stir again.