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Gail's Ranchero Fish
This dish originally calls for farm raised catfish fillets, which I have used but have also substituted tilapia with good results!
Date Added: April 16, 2007 Season:  
Category: Fish / Shellfish Prep. Method:  
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6 (3-5 oz) farm raised catfish fillets
1 c. finely crushed tortilla chips
2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 T. fresh lime juice
1 T. vegetable oil
1 c. salsa, warmed

optional: garnish with fresh cilantro
  1. Rinse fillets, pat dry and cut each in half lengthwise. Set aside.

  2. Combine crushed tortilla chips and next 3 ingredients in shallow dish. Stir together lime juice and oil in separate shallow dish.

  3. Dip fillets in lime juice mixture, and dredge in tortilla chip mixture coating evenly. Place on a lightly greased rack in an aluminum foil lined pan or broiler pan. Sprinkle evenly with any remaining chip mixture.

  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until fillets are crisp, golden and flake with a fork. Serve with warmed salsa and garnish with cilantro if desired.

  5. Gail's notes & real world cooking: I have used tilapia and maybe another fish for this as well as catfish...I think just about any fish could be used for it, especially a white fish. For two of us I cut this all in half. I DON'T cut the fillets lengthwise just because I didn't think mine needed it when I've made this! Have used bottle lime juice & canola oil. I've never used the cilantro or salsa! I almost always have white corn tortilla chips and that's what I use (Santitas brand I think but it really doesn't matter) The last time I made this I put it in a foil lined baking dish and not on a rack and it came out fine. We both really liked it! I think it turns out like a fried fish but without the hassle of frying, crispy and has a nice taste to it.

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Added On: April 16, 2007
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