*Sponsored Post for Gorton’s.
When Gorton’s asked me to consider sharing a recipe using one of their products, one recipe idea came to mind right away… Potato Crusted Tilapia! It is something I have been thinking about doing for months on MPM, and I just never seemed to get around to it. You see, one of my favorite entrées, at one of my favorite restaurants, is the Potato Crusted Flounder at Bob Evans. Every time I eat the flounder at Bob Evans, I think to myself, “I should definitely find a way to make potato crusted fish at home.”
Then, I would get home… and, of course, I would forget.
But, not today! Today I remembered… thanks to Gorton’s! After a little bit of tweaking (and using Gorton’s 1 WW SP fillets), I was able to find a way to make potato crusted tilapia that is just 3 Weight Watchers Smart Points per fillet!
Why I love Gorton’s.
One of the nice things about Gorton’s fish options is that all of their products make it SO SUPER EASY to cook delicious seafood! All the work is done for you, really. Every one of their products can stand alone, but you can also use their products as key ingredients for recipes as well.
Another nice thing about their products is that almost all of them are smart choices for those who are doing Weight Watchers. Seriously, take a second to do a search on your WW app. Type in “Gorton’s” and it will pull up a whole bunch of options that are between 0-10 WW Smart Points.
Here are 10 Gorton’s products worth mentioning:
- Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia – 1 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Signature Grilled Haddock – 1 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Caesar Parmesan Grilled Fillets – 1 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Grilled Cajun Blackened Fillets – 1 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Lemon Butter Grilled Salmon – 2 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Classic Grilled Salmon – 2 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Shrimp Scampi – 3 WW FreeStyle SP per 4 ounces
- Gorton’s Breaded Southwest Tortilla Fish Fillets – 5 WW FreeStyle SP per fillet
- Gorton’s Skillet Crisp Battered Shrimp – 5 WW FreeStyle SP for 8 shrimp
- Gorton’s Select Popcorn Shrimp – 8 WW FreeStyle SP for 22 shrimp
Do you want to know something crazy? This is just a fraction of the products Gorton’s offers! You can check out more of their products here.
Today the Roasted Garlic & Butter Tilapia is going to be the hero in this Potato Crusted Tilapia recipe. This recipe is super simple, and by using Gorton’s seasoned tilapia, half of the work is already done for you, and who doesn’t love that?
The trick to making perfect Potato-Crusted Fish.
I was trying to figure out if it made more sense to BAKE potato-crusted fish, or to FRY it. The problem with frying it is that the potato flakes will cook so fast that the outside will be ready before the fish is thoroughly cooked. The problem with baking it is that it takes a little while for the flakes to become crunchy so by the time the the outside is crunchy the inside may be overcooked.
My solution: I baked the fish until it was thoroughly cooked, and then I transferred the fish to a pan and cooked it a few minutes on each side until the outside was as brown and crunchy as I wanted it to be. Let’s face it: the beautiful thing that makes this recipe so fun (along with anything else that is “potato-crusted”) is that there is some crunch when you bite into it, so the trick is getting it cooked just right and still having a crunchy outside.
Flaky inside, and crunchy outside:
You can play around with it and see what works best for you. For instance, I considered using egg white in place of the mayo, which would knock off 1 WW SP per serving. Not sure how well that would work, but it might be worth a try. (If you try it, drop us a comment and let us know what you thought.) You could also leave out the pickle relish or green onion if you do not have it on hand. Make it work for you. Here is what worked for me:
Here is what you need:
3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon pickle relish (optional)
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
2 boxes (6.3 oz. each) Gorton’s Grilled Roasted Garlic and Butter Tilapia
1/3 cup Butter and Herb Instant Potato Flakes
Sprinkle of salt
Here is what you do:
Preheat oven to 450°F.
Mix together the mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, mustard, and chives.
Coat tilapia fillets with the mayonnaise mixture.
Coat fish generously with the potato flakes.
Press flakes into the tilapia. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
Sprinkle with salt. (My daughter helped me get this “action shot” of the salt sprinkling. Thanks, Keely, for always jumping at the chance to help me get some of the pictures that were harder to get alone. You’re a gem!)
Transfer fillets to a baking sheet or a piece of stoneware. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.
Fillets might look something like this:
To make the fish extra crispy, transfer tilapia to a sauté pan set to medium heat. Spray the fish with a little cooking spray and allow to cook an additional 3-4 minutes on both sides.
I served ours with steamed veggies.
Makes 4 servings.
One serving is 1 fillet.
One serving is 3 WW FreeStyle SP.
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Potato Crusted Butter and Herb Tilapia
- 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon pickle relish, optional
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onion
- 2 (6.3 oz. each) boxes Gorton's Grilled Roasted Garlic and Butter Tilapia
- 1/3 cup Butter and Herb Instant Potato Flakes
- Sprinkle of salt
- Cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 450°F.
- Mix together the mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, mustard, and chives.
- Coat tilapia fillets with the mayonnaise mixture.
- Coat fish generously with the potato flakes.
- Press flakes into the tilapia. Spray lightly with cooking spray.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Transfer fillets to a baking sheet or a piece of stoneware. Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes.
- To make the fish extra crispy, transfer tilapia to a sauté pan set to medium heat. Spray the fish with a little cooking spray and allow to cook an additional 3-4 minutes on both sides.
- I served ours with steamed veggies.
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*SmartPoints® calculated by Meal Planning Mommies; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated without Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.