Tilapia Fish and Chips with Crunchy Coleslaw

Tender, flaky tilapia works great with this light and crispy batter. Crunchy, tangy coleslaw adds flavor and texture to a healthy variation on a classic recipe. Slideshow:  More Fish Recipes 

Tilapia Fish and Chips with Crunchy Coleslaw
Photo: © Kristen Stevens
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • 2 medium potatoes, scrubbed well

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt

  • 2 cups shredded green cabbage

  • 1 medium carrot, grated

  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion 

  • 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 cup flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 2/3 cup club soda 

  • 2 to 3 cups cooking oil, for frying

  • Two 5-ounce tilapia fillets (chopped into chunks)


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the potatoes into 1/2 inch strips, arrange them on the baking sheet and drizzle them with the vegetable oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the sea salt. Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, turning half way, until they are cooked through and starting to get crispy.

  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot and red onion. Toss with the extra-virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt, the freshly ground pepper and the club soda.

  4. In a medium pot, heat 3 inches of cooking oil over medium high heat. When the temperature reaches 300° lower the heat to medium and let the oil heat to 350°.

  5. Dip the tilapia in the batter to coat it well. Carefully drop it into the 350°oil, the fillet pieces 2-3 at a time, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the batter is light brown and crispy, and the fish is cooked through. Using a slotted spoon, move the tilapia to a paper towel–lined plate to drain. Serve with the potatoes and coleslaw on the side.

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