Crispy Mexican Baked Fish

Yummy Crispy Mexican Baked Fish paired with an amazing 2 ingredient sauce is a delicious finger food that both kids and adults can enjoy. This oven baked fish also makes the Best Fish Tacos!!!

oven baked crispy tilapia along with taco sauce for dipping

Ain’t a brand new recipe!!! We shared a recipe for the Best Baked Fish Tacos, few months ago that is SO GOOD <— A must try recipe

Charred corn tortilla loaded up with a crispy baked Mexican fish with panko breadcrumbs, crunchy coleslaw, ripe avocado, jalapeños and drizzled with an amazing 2-ingredient fish taco sauce.

This has become one of our family favorite Taco Tuesday dinner rotation.

And, those baked fish for fish tacos is so good, that I end making more often to be served as is with taco sauce on the side and baked potato or sweet potato wedges <—- A Mexican style Fish and Chips.

sheet pan with baked fish coated with panko breadcrumbs

CRISPY BAKED FISH with PANKO

We begin with any white fish for tacos – Tilapia, Cod, Mahi Mahi are all great options. Adjust the cooking based on the thickness and size of the cut fish pieces.

We decided to work with tilapia for this crispy Mexican baked fish recipe. Cut fish into you desired size (fingers or leave them in big chunks)

What makes this the best crispy baked fish recipe?

There are few tricks that are adopted from our Baked Bang Bang Cauliflower recipe.

The secret in making the golden, crispy baked fish lies in toasting the breadcrumbs.

A regular coating of breadcrumbs doesn’t necessarily develop a golden color but also results in uneven brown and white crumby look. So, panko is first toasted in a skillet with some oil, until golden and crisp. The fish pieces are then coated with this crumb, making them crispier and more browned when baked!!!

Instead of adopting a regular breading method of flour-egg mixture-bread crumb, I’ve come up with a much easier one which involves tossing the fish in a batter and then coating them with breadcrumbs. The crumbs stay intact and forms a lovely crust on the outside.

How to make crispy baked fish Mexican style?

1.Toast breadcrumbs – Saute panko breadcrumbs along with oil in a skillet, until golden brown. Cool completely.

TOASTING BREADCRUMBS IN A SKILLET
TOASTED BREADCRUMBS IN A SKILLET until golden brown is the secret in making a crispy oven baked fish for tacos

2. Add Egg and cornstarch into a shallow bowl.

A shallow bowl with an egg and cornstarch

3. Whisk until smooth.

whisking egg and cornstarch together

4. Stir in Mexican spices.

Whisking Mexican spices with egg and cornstarch

5. Add chopped Tilapia fish and toss well.

add tilapia fish into the batter
stirring well to coat the fish with the spicy batter

6. Working with one piece at a time, remove fish from the batter and coat with toasted panko breadcrumbs.

Coat batter covered tilapia fish with toasted panko breadcrumbs
Coating each battered fish with toasted breadcrumbs for a crispy oven baked fish for tacos

7. Bake at 375° F, until golden brown and cooked through.

crispy oven baked fish fillets for tacos are hot out of the oven

Done and DONE!

Can the crispy baked panko crusted fish be frozen?

Absolutely! 

Bake fish and let cool completely. Place in a zip lock bag, seal well and freeze. 

To reheat – Place desired number of fish on a baking sheet, bake in preheated 450 degree F oven for about 15 minutes, until hot and heated through. 

How to cut tilapia fillets? 

I choose to cut into long very thick strips, since they are

  1. Perfect size to be made into tacos
  2.  More surface area for crispy breadcrumb coating       

But, if you don’t want to cut the fillets, then leave it whole and bake following the recipe and then flake into big chunks before making into tacos.

crispy baked mexican fish served with a side of taco sauce

Keeping track of all the Mexican recipes around here?

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Yield: 5 servings

Crispy Mexican Baked Fish

Crispy Mexican Baked Fish

Yummy Crispy Mexican Baked Fish paired with an amazing 2 ingredient sauce is a delicious finger food that both kids and adults can enjoy. This oven baked fish also makes the Best Fish Tacos!!!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 pound tilapia ( 2 large or 3 medium fillets), each fillet cut into 2 to 4 pieces

Batter

  • 1 large egg, beaten lightly
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper powder

Instructions

Toast breadcrumbs
1. Add vegetable oil and panko breadcrumbs into a skillet placed over med-high heat and stir continuously until breadcrumbs become deep golden ( stirring continuously will ensure that the breadcrumbs toast evenly).
2. Transfer into a shallow plate and cool to room temperature. 
Make batter
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 
2. Whisk egg, cornstarch and all spices ( chili, cumin, garlic, black pepper powders, paprika and salt ) in a shallow dish, until thoroughly combined. Add fish and toss to coat on all sides. 
Coat fish
1. Transfer each piece of fish into the toasted breadcrumbs, gently press it on so that the fish is coated on all sides. Place fish on the greased cookie sheet. Repeat the process with the remaining fish.
Bake
Bake for 11-14 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer cookie sheet to a wire rack to cool slightly. 

Notes

Fish - We used tilapia but you are welcome to use any white fish like Cod or Mahi Mahi. Adjust cooking time based on thickness of the fish.

Freeze baked panko crusted fish - Bake fish and let cool completely. Place in a zip lock bag, seal well and freeze. To reheat – Place desired number of fish on a baking sheet, bake in preheated 450 degree F oven for 10-15 minutes, until hot and heated through. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 185Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 360mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 21g

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