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Panko-Crusted Fish Sandwiches
with kale chips

Active: 40 minTotal: 40 min

This fish sandwich has been a favorite of our members since it was first featured way back in March 2014 and even earned a spot on our sample menus. Fresh, crisp, and with a unique side of kale "chips," we thought it was time to bring this one back.

Ingredients

Servings:
4
Metric
Kale Chips:
  • Kale, curly leaf - 1 bunch, leaves torn off of stems
  • Oil, olive - 2 Tbsp
Tartar Sauce:
  • Mayonnaise - 1/2 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Capers - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
Panko-Crusted Fish Sandwiches:
  • Tilapia - 4 fillets (Or use other white fish like cod. If you don't eat seafood, try this with chicken thighs)
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, leaves removed and torn
  • Eggs - 1
  • Panko breadcrumbs - 3/4 cup
  • Cajun seasoning - 1 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp
  • Burger buns - 4
  • Lemons - 1/2, juice of
  • Homemade tartar sauce - 1/2 cup (ingredients listed separately)

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Prep

  1. Fish - Rinse and dry with a paper towel. Slice into pieces that would fit nicely into a burger bun. Season with some salt and pepper.
  2. Kale - Peel off leaves and discard stems. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Lettuce - Tear leaves into pieces that will fit inside the burger buns. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Prep breading stations - 1) In one bowl or container with lid, lightly whisk egg with a splash of water; 2) In a second bowl or container with lid, mix together panko, Cajun seasoning, some salt and pepper, and first part of cooking oil.
  5. Make tartar sauce - Mix together mayo, chopped capers, and lemon juice. Salt to taste.

Make

  1. Preheat oven to 300F / 149C degrees.
  2. Spread kale leaves onto a sheet pan. Use two pans if they’re too packed on one. Toss with olive oil and then bake for 8 to 12 minutes until leaves are crispy. If they start to brown too much at the edges, they’re definitely done! Sprinkle with some salt right out of the oven.
  3. While kale chips are baking, dip fish pieces into egg and then panko. If you’re using containers with lids, you can just dump all the fish into each container, close lid, and shake (this is that fancy ‘shake and bake’ method). Continue until all fish pieces are breaded.
  4. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. Add second part of cooking oil and then cook fish on each side for ~4 minutes, until panko is golden and fish is opaque when sliced.
  5. Warm up buns in the oven. Drizzle some lemon juice on fish and assemble sandwiches with fish, tartar sauce, and lettuce. Enjoy with kale chips!

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Reviews

This meal has 30 reviews

The sandwiches were delicious and the entire meal was very easy to make. The kale chips needed a little more time than the recipe called for. My toddler was all about the kale chips so no complaints here.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Jun 11, 2018
Diet: Original

Fish and tartar sauce were easy and tasty. My kids enjoyed the fish on its own. The kale chips were just ok - I baked them much longer than the recipe called for but they were still a bit too chewy/tough.

By: Laurie
Posted: Jun 10, 2018
Diet: Original

Loved these sandwiches, and they were pretty easy. Great option for a weeknight dinner.

By: Jenn
Posted: Jun 08, 2018
Diet: Original

Mmmm. I love crispy kale chips. Apparently my toddler does too!

By: Meaghan
Posted: Jun 08, 2018
Diet: Original

Served with rice and beans instead of chips

By: Kristin
Posted: Jun 08, 2018
Diet: Original

Loved the fish sandwiches, but would probably skip the kale chips. I just can never quite master how long to cook them - they were great upon first bite but as you continued to chew them just added up as a ball of chewed vegetable, ha! Oh well, got our greens in. Fish came out perfectly and would definitely make again! We used cod as we aren't big tilapia and cod was on sale. Tartar sauce was super easy and tasty.

By: Emily
Posted: Jun 07, 2018
Diet: Paleo