Tilapia Po’ Boys

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A po’ boy is a New Orleans sandwich traditionally made with deep-fried oysters (another sustainable seafood pick) or shrimp. In N’awlins’ lingo, these po’ boys are served “dressed” with lettuce, tomato and seasoned mayo. Look for U.S. farmed tilapia, as the most sustainable choice; otherwise, substitute domestically raised catfish.

Tilapia Po’ Boys


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Tilapia Po’ Boys


  1. 1 tablespoon finely chopped onion
  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
  4. 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  5. 1 teaspoon drained capers
  6. 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  7. 1/8 teaspoon hot sauce (Tabasco, Sriracha or your favorite hot sauce)
  8. 1 garlic clove, minced
  9. 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
  10. 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  11. Sea salt, to taste
  12. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  13. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  14. 4 (3-ounce) tilapia filets
  15. 1/4 cup canola oil
  16. 4 hoagie rolls, halved lengthwise
  17. 8 tomato slices
  18. 4 butter lettuce leaves


Combine first 8 ingredients in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine cornmeal, flour, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Place egg in a separate shallow dish. Working with 1 filet at a time, dip fish in egg, allowing excess to drip off, then dredge in cornmeal mixture. Repeat with remaining filets, egg, and cornmeal mixture.

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 dredged filets to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden-brown. Repeat with remaining oil and filets.

Spread cut sides of rolls evenly with mayonnaise mixture. Layer each roll with 1 filet, 2 tomato slices, and 1 lettuce leaf.


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  • jenniferlindahl

    My family really liked these- I have made them twice now. It is super easy and refreshing. We try and have fish once a week- coming up with new things to feed my family is getting tricky- these are now in the rotation!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1574680781 Alison Ashton

    Glad you like them! Lia’s Fish Sticks with Cilantro-Serrano Tartar Sauce are another family-friendly fish dish in a similar vein: http://nourishnetwork.com/2010/04/12/fish-sticks/. Enjoy!