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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Bran-Breaded Tilapia

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA (that's her above)! Today my lovely little sis, my best friend, my current roommate, turns 22! This is the first year in at least six that we're actually together on her birthday and I cannot wait to spend the day with her. We have grand plans including a trip to the movies, drinks and appetizers out, a mario kart tournament with friends, and a delicious birthday dessert. Details on that delicious dessert coming soon... ;)

love her!!
And now back to the food...

Usually whenever we have tilapia, we'll season it and bake or grill it, but we never ever bread it. I'm usually just not a big fan of breading on my chicken or my fish. However, when you have tons (we're talking at least 10-15) tilapia filets hanging out in your freezer, you have to get creative about how you plan to prepare them....hence the creation of this recipe! I was eager to use up some leftover bran cereal, and this turned out to be really good. It added a nice flavor and crunch to the fish while adding a healthy dose of fiber from the bran. I was just relieved to know we have a new way to prepare tilapia...any other good tilapia recipes out there? Leave your favorite in the comments please!

Bran-Breaded Tilapia

-tilapia filets (we made 3)
-1 1/2-2 cups crushed bran flakes
-1 egg, beaten
-lemon juice, salt, & pepper to taste

1. Crack egg into a bowl and beat well. Dip each tilapia filet into the egg, making sure to cover both sides.
2. In a separate bowl, place the crushed bran flakes. After dipping the tilapia in the egg, dip into the bran flakes until the fish is completely coated (you may need to press extra bran flakes into the fish).
3. Place fish onto a prepared baking sheet. Season with fresh lemon juice, salt, and pepper.
4. Bake at 400F for 10-15 minutes.