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Tilapia Cakes

Tilapia Cakes
1 lb fish, steamed or poached in a flavorful liquid then flaked
1/4 cup mayo
handful of plain breadcrumbs
1 egg, beaten
1 avocado, flesh mashed
the zest and juice of one lime
handful of minced cilantro
pinch of salt and pepper
-mix all ingredients together in bowl. Form into cakes (4-8, depending on the size you want). -Dredge each cake in some lightly seasoned flour, then in 2 beaten eggs, then in lightly seasoned bread crumbs. (This will be very messy, so be patient).
-Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes to set.
-Pan-fry in a mixture of olive oil and butter (I never use more than a TB of butter for pan-frying anything) until golden brown and crispy on both sides..about 2 min on each.
(*note-This recipe will work with any other flaky, white fish or even shrimp or crabmeat. But tilapia is good, cheap and it goes on sale often.)

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  • Reply lilmagil1 April 20, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    i am lucky enough to have tasted these and they are really, really good. loved the avocado and cilantro. and we should be eating fish 3X a week, right?

  • Reply Beth April 23, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Any suggestion for a cilantro substitute if you can’t stand it?

  • Reply Everyday Champagne April 25, 2009 at 1:44 am

    In my opinion, there is no substitute for cilantro because I happen to adore it. But a lot of people don’t so flat-leaf parsley is always a good sub. Also, play around with basil instead.. it really works well in a lot of different recipes and would definitely in this case.

  • Reply Everyday Champagne July 7, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    …or fresh spearmint is a refreshing sub as well

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