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Pizza Fish: A Recipe That Will Please Your Kids and You

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Preview: Pizza Fish is a quick recipe that calls for topping breaded fish filets with pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese. Kids love it.

Pizza Fish is not pizza with fish on it. Rather, it is fish with pizza toppings. I learned about this recipe when working for a large fish company and giving out samples. Customers were crazy about it. Translation: We sold a lot of fish.

If your family’s only exposure to fish is the high-calorie fried fish sandwich at fast food joints, you’ve got your work cut out for you.  Nonetheless, this simple fish recipe is a great place to start.  It’s easily customizable and the pizza flavors are familiar.

Updated November 2018.

Pizza Fish--in a skillet

Try this recipe for Tilapia with Pizza Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese if you want your family to eat more fish. It’s lightly breaded, sautéed, smeared with a little pizza sauce, and topped with cheese. Fresh basil adds sophistication for participating adults.

Any tips for getting kids to eat fish?

Get your kids to help you fix it. They might be more likely to eat it. It’s worth a try.

Need more tips in this area? Check out the strategies outlined in this article about getting kids to eat fish by Bon Appétit. Serving breaded fish like this recipe is just one idea.

How to cook Pizza Fish in a hurry:

This fish recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make. Using frozen fish makes it even more convenient from a shopping standpoint.

Frozen tilapia and orange roughy will defrost in the time it takes to walk in the door from work, change clothes, and heat up the skillet. Typically, it takes less than 20 minutes to defrost the average fillet when placed in a bowl of water.

Another way to cut corners with this recipe is to first brown the fish, cover with pizza sauce and cheese, then put a lid on the pan and let the residual heat melt the cheese. This cuts out the broiler step although your cheese won’t get brown.

How to assemble this recipe:

ingredients for kid-friendly fish recipe
Pat fish fillets dry with paper towels. Pour crumbs onto a plate or wax paper.
Rolling fish fillets in bread crumbs
Roll fillets in bread crumbs.
Breaded fish in skillet
Place in preheated skillet holding hot oil.
frying the tilapia with bread crumbs
Sauté each side until crumbs are golden brown.
pizza sauce on top of fish, then cheese
Spoon a small amount of pizza sauce on top of each fish fillet, then sprinkle with Mozzarella cheese.
tilapia with sauce and cheese on top
Put the lid on until cheese melts. Sprinkle basil on top if desired.

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Yield: 6

Pizza Fish

Pizza Fish-cooked in a nonstick skillet

Lightly breaded fish topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese and chopped basil.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1-2 tablespoons avocado or olive oil
  • 6 (4 oz) .pieces tilapia, orange roughy or other thin, mildly flavored fish fillets (if frozen, allow to thaw)
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs, dried
  • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  • 2 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil


  1. Preheat oil in non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Lightly dry fish with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Pour crumbs onto plate or wax paper and coat fish on both sides. Use your hands to pat crumbs to get them to stick to surface of fish.
  4. Sauté fish until brown (2-3 minutes) and flip to brown other side. (You could stop here and serve the fish with no sauce. It's delicious!)
  5. Spoon light coating of pizza sauce over fish. Then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese over sauce. Place under broiler for a minute or two to brown cheese.
  6. Sprinkle chopped fresh basil on top of fish and serve immediately. Really good served as a fish sandwich with your favorite buns.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

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