Healthier and far better tasing than their fast-food counterparts, these oven-fried fish sandwiches only take about a half-hour to make.

Oven-fried fish sandwich on a plate with French fries

Skip the fast-food drive-through along with all empty calories and fillers and give these easy-to-make fish sandwiches with homemade tartar sauce a try.

Tips for making oven-fried fish sandwiches

  • Choose the right type of fish: Mild white fish fillets like tilapia, catfish or barramundi are the perfect choice for oven-frying because they cook through in about the same amount of time it takes for their crumb coating to turn crisp and golden brown.
  • Mix the oil into your breadcrumbs before coating the fish: Once you’ve seasoned your breadcrumbs with salt and pepper, drizzle them with vegetable oil and use your fingertips to distribute it through the crumbs.
  • Pick the right cheese: To ramp up the flavor of our fish sandwiches, we like to use slices of either gouda or a mild cheddar to make fish sandwiches. They both melt nicely and complement the crispy fish fillets without being overpowering.
  • Make your own tartar sauce: You have plenty of time to whip up the tartar sauce while the fish cooks and it’s easy to tweak the ingredients to suit your taste.
Close-up of oven-fried fish sandwich topped with tartar sauce

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Oven-Fried Fish Sandwiches

Oven-Fried Fish Sandwiches

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Healthier and far better tasing than their fast-food counterparts, these oven-fried fish sandwiches only take about a half-hour to make.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb mild white fish fillets, tilapia, catfish
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil
  • Leaf lettuce
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 soft sandwich rolls

For the tartar sauce (see notes):

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tablespoon sweet pickle relish, well-drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sweet onion, minced or grated

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow dish.
  • Spread the breadcrumbs on a plate add 1 teaspoon of salt, a few grinds of black pepper and combine well.
  • Drizzle the seasoned breadcrumbs with 1-1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and use your fingertips to distribute it through the mixture.
  • Cut the fish fillets into 4 evenly-sized pieces.
  • Dip the fish fillets in the egg mixture, then press them gently into the breadcrumbs to be sure they’re well coated.
  • Arrange the fillets on the prepared baking sheet and bake until the fish flakes easily and the coating is crisp and golden, 10 to 12 minutes.
  • While the fish is cooking, make the tartar sauce by combining the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, lemon juice and onion in a small mixing bowl.
  • Once the fish is crispy and cooked through, top each fillet with a slice of cheese and return to the oven just long enough for the cheese to melt.
  • To serve, place some lettuce on the bottom half of each roll and top with a piece of fish and a spoonful of tartar sauce.

Tips for Making This Recipe

As written, this recipe makes a little more than a 1/4 cup of tartar sauce. This is enough for about 1 tablespoon per sandwich. If you like more, or would like to put some away, you can simply double the recipe.
Calories: 533kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 15g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 735mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g
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