Making Fish Po Boys is an excellent and inexpensive way to feed your family on a dime. The tilapia stretches when you cut it into chunks, which makes it an even more economical meal:


Serves 4

  • 1 pound of tilapia (or at least 4 fillets of tilapia) cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 loaf Cuban bread, cut into fourths for sandwiches
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • spinach (or shredded lettuce)
  • lemons
  • 1 cup lowfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • Vegetable oil for frying

In a large skillet (or cast iron skillet), heat oil over medium heat. In a pie plate, combine flour, cornmeal and seasonings. In a separate pie plate, add milk, hot sauce and egg, beat until egg and milk are combined. Soak fish chunks in the milk mixture, then dredge in the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour and carefully drop into hot oil. (To check to see if your oil is ready, drop a small amount of flour into oil. If it sizzles, you are good to go!) Fry for about 3 to 4 minutes, then remove and place on paper-towel lined plates and immediately squeeze fresh lemon juice on the fish. Meanwhile, stir together Greek yogurt and hot sauce. Spread this mixture on your bread, then add the spinach (or lettuce), tomatoes and fish. Season with extra lemon juice and hot sauce, if desired.