Crispy Tilapia Fillets with Fennel-Mint Tzatziki

yield: Makes 4 servings
active time: 35 minutes
total time: 45 minutes

1 cup finely diced fennel bulb plus 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds
3/4 cup whole-milk greek-style yogurt
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 large tilapia fillets
1 teaspoon fennel seeds, finely ground
1 large egg white, beaten until frothy
2 cups (about) panko (japanese breadcrumbs) or fresh breadcrumbs


Place fennel bulb and fronds in small bowl. Sprinkle lightly with salt; toss. Let stand 10 minutes. Mix in yogurt, mint, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle 1 side of each fillet with ground fennel, salt, and pepper. Brush with egg white; coat with panko. Turn over; repeat with seasoning, egg, and panko.

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add fish. Cook until opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Serve with tzatziki.

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