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

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

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

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk the egg and milk together in a shallow dish.
  3. Spread the breadcrumbs on a plate add 1 teaspoon of salt, a few grinds of black pepper and combine well.
  4. Drizzle the seasoned breadcrumbs with 1-1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and use your fingertips to distribute it through the mixture.
  5. Cut the fish fillets into 4 evenly-sized pieces.
  6. Dip the fish fillets in the egg mixture, then press them gently into the breadcrumbs to be sure they're well coated.
  7. 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.
  8. While the fish is cooking, make the tartar sauce by combining the mayonnaise, relish, mustard, lemon juice and onion in a small mixing bowl.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 533Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 129mgSodium: 735mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 37g

Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.