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Crispy Fish with Seasoned Tater Tots

Crispy Fish with Seasoned Tater Tots

Who doesn’t love tater tots? If you have a few borderline fish-eaters in the house, the tater tots are the perfect bribe to get them to eat their fish.

The seasoning on the taters – celery salt, dry mustard, pepper, paprika, nutmeg, & ground ginger – is a homemade version of “Old Bay” Seasoning. It’s delish with the fish. I find that the cornmeal and flour crusted tilapia really goes over well and down easy, even for the non-fish lovers in our brood. I think of battered and fried fish as a delicacy – even with tater tots, out of the bag, as a side. Enjoy this recipe and if you are daring enough you can even try making your own tater tots.

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For Tater Tots:

  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots (1-pound bag)

For Crispy Fish:

  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 to 2 cup canola oil
  • 1½ pound tilapia fillets, cut into 2-inch strips


Combine celery salt, dry mustard, pepper, paprika, nutmeg and ginger.  Toss tater tots with seasoning to coat and bake according to package directions.

Meanwhile, in a shallow bowl, mix together cornmeal, flour, salt, paprika and cayenne. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Have a sheet pan or plate lined with paper towels ready for draining. Dredge several strips of fish in the cornmeal mixture and carefully place in hot oil. Fry for 5 to 8 minutes total depending on thickness of fish, turning often, until golden and crispy. Transfer to paper towel lined pan and continue to dredge and fry remaining fish in batches.

Serve warm with tater tots.