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Quick Fish Fillets with Pizza Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese

Try this recipe for Quick Fish Fillets 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.

Updated November 2018.

Pizza Fish--in a skillet

Years ago I worked as a grocery store demonstrator for a fish distribution company.  It wasn’t the most glamorous gig of my varied career, but it allowed me to control my own schedule when the boys were young.

Recipe Inspiration

It’s where I learned about what I affectionately call “Pizza Fish.” It’s not pizza with fish on it. Rather, it is fish with pizza toppings on it. 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.

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:

Pizza Fish 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:

PIzza Fish--assembly
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 fish
Sauté each side until crumbs are golden brown.

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Pizza Fish-cooked in a nonstick skillet

Fish Fillets with Pizza Sauce and Mozzarella Cheese

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

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


  • 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:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 21g

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Thursday 15th of November 2018

I used you "Goofproof Chicken Cutlets" recipe last night (which I use often) with fish. That was before I read your post this morning about the pizza sauce. I pulled out my usual honey-mustard sauce last night, but next time I will try the pizza sauce. Sounds good.


Saturday 21st of May 2016

Hi, I just got an e-mail about my comment on this recipe - I'd love to post it to Pinterest, your site apparently doesn't allow?? I think allowing it would increase your traffic, and it is so great to share. Only six years later, but I'm going to check the rest of your site to see if you've posted other genius recipes like this!! Thank you for the reminder!!


Tuesday 24th of May 2016

Hi Vicki, Yes, normally you can post anything on this site to Pinterest. I'll check to make sure nothing has gone wrong. paula


Friday 27th of August 2010

I recently tried a similar recipe, but with salsa, rather than pizza sauce. It was very good, we'll try the pizza sauce, next time! It is so great to find new recipes for fish, it is something we all need to learn to eat more of, and recipes such as this make it so much easier - the fact that it is a really quick meal makes it more likely that folks will want to work it into their rotation, too.


Saturday 21st of May 2016

I just made this and it didnt look like this but it was good . Wasnt even for my son, i was just hungry


Monday 17th of May 2010

I made this on Saturday. We ALL loved it!!! Mike told me to add it to our list of "regular" meals ;)


Wednesday 19th of May 2010

I'm thrilled y'all liked it.


Tuesday 13th of April 2010

What a lot of neat jobs! I wasn't too sure about this one, but I think you sold me on it. I don't need to be tricked into eating fish, but this really does sound tasty.