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“This is a terrific and simple fish dish. I've made it for many years. This is best with a flaky fish such as cod or snapper but tilapia will work, too. A Jeff Smith/Frugal Gourmet recipe.”

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 lbs white fish fillets, cut into nuggets
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 cup flour, for dredging
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons white sesame seeds (not toasted... raw)
  • 4 tablespoons black sesame seeds (not toasted... raw)
  • oil, for deep frying


  1. Marinate fish in the soy and sesame oil for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain and dust the fish in flour.
  3. Dip into the egg and then roll in the sesame seeds.
  4. Deep fry the pieces in 360 degree oil for 4 or 5 minutes. No longer -- the sesame seeds scorch easily and will be bitter.
  5. Make a simple dipping sauce with some soy sauce diluted with about a 50/50 ratio of water and some fresh grated ginger. Delicious!
  6. You may need to cook this in two batches so that the temperature of the oil doesn't plummet. The oil needs to maintain a constant 360 temperature if possible.

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