"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Fish & Seafood
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-03-2018, 12:33 AM   #1
Senior Cook
 
pengyou's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Beijing
Posts: 405
Pan frying tilapia before baking?

It is probably obvious, but I don't cook fish very much. I have baked fish in the oven before. It tasted good but did not look so nice. When I baked chicken pieces or other meats in the oven I usually pan fry them for a minute to help them have a nice healthy - delicious - golden brown color when they are finished. I know that the consistency of fish is different from that of other meats....but can/should fish be pan fried (without breading) to make it look nicer or even to sear in flavor? What if I bread them first?

pengyou is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 07:02 AM   #2
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 38,540
I think your fish would be overcooked. Maybe wrap in parchment paper before baking in the oven to keep the moisture in.
__________________
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” - Albert Einstein
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 07:33 AM   #3
Executive Chef
 
dragnlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4,236
You could also toast your breadcrumbs to a beautiful colour then press it on the fish and bake.

This way you won't over cook, have an appetizing colour and a tasty crunch - all without frying!
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
dragnlaw is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 07:37 AM   #4
Executive Chef
 
Just Cooking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Springfield, MO
Posts: 3,893
Quote:
Originally Posted by dragnlaw View Post
You could also toast your breadcrumbs to a beautiful colour then press it on the fish and bake.

This way you won't over cook, have an appetizing colour and a tasty crunch - all without frying!
+1...... I use toasted Panko frequently for baked chicken, pork and fish..

Ross
__________________
Disclaimer: My experiences may not be as someone else might think correct.. Life goes on..
Just Cooking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 07:56 AM   #5
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 46,928
Tilapia is a thin filet. I would just pan fry them. No need for the oven. A couple of minutes per side and you're done.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 08:36 AM   #6
Chef Extraordinaire
 
GotGarlic's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Southeastern Virginia
Posts: 24,659
Quote:
Originally Posted by Andy M. View Post
Tilapia is a thin filet. I would just pan fry them. No need for the oven. A couple of minutes per side and you're done.
Agreed. I dredge thin fish like that in seasoned flour before pan-frying to give it a nice color.
__________________
Anyplace where people argue about food is a good place.
~ Anthony Bourdain, Parts Unknown, 2018
GotGarlic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 08:47 AM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
jennyema's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Boston and Cape Cod
Posts: 10,113
Yes, just pan fry. Skip the oven.

{Moderation - Off Topic}
__________________
Less is not more. More is more and more is fabulous.
jennyema is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-03-2018, 05:10 PM   #8
Executive Chef
 
dragnlaw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Montreal
Posts: 4,236
Further ... the OP asked a simple cooking question...

Not to debate an ethical question.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.
dragnlaw is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2018, 09:58 AM   #9
Executive Chef
 
Roll_Bones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Southeast US
Posts: 4,383
Or broil with butter.
Roll_Bones is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2018, 08:30 PM   #10
Master Chef
 
caseydog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2017
Location: Dallas
Posts: 5,637
If you carefully pan fry your tilapia filet, you won't need to bake it. It will come out firm, flakey and moist. If you are cooking a whole fish, baking or roasting seem to work better, from my experience. But, for filets, I prefer a pan sauté over medium heat until just done. I use either olive oil, or butter, but often, a 50/50 blend of the two.

CD
__________________
“People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day.” Winnie-the-Pooh
caseydog is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
baking, tilapia

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:45 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.