Pizza Fish…or How to Get Your Kids to Eat Fish

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I’m a job hopper. (Please don’t tell my current boss.)

But it’s OK, because I’ve done lots of interesting things–even if they didn’t make me rich. For example, I’ve cooked for famous people trying to lose weight, invented new pizzas for a national pizza chain, monogrammed expensive fur coats, and worked as a demonstrator for a fish distribution company.  The last was one of my more glamorous gigs–don’t you think? It’s where I learned about Pizza Fish.  Customers were crazy for it.

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.  But Pizza Fish is a great place to start.  It’s easily customizable and the pizza flavors are familiar. If you let your kids help you fix it, they might be more likely to eat it. Worth a try.

This is a great idea for something you can prepare quickly when you are tempted to go out to eat. Takes less than 10 minutes to make. I usually use frozen fish because it’s handy.  Tilapia and Orange Roughy will defrost in the time it takes me to walk in the door from work, change my clothes, and heat up the skillet. Therefore, I am calling this a “skinny secret” because it makes eating healthy more convenient.

Cooking note: Use a nonstick skillet.  Spray the breaded fish with olive or vegetable oil spray, NOT the pan. Saves calories and ensures all the crumbs turn golden and crispy.

My favorite way to eat Pizza Fish is in a sandwich using thin buns.  Leave off the sauce and cheese for plain fish with a simple breaded crust.

pizza fish sandwich

Best part?? Check out the calorie count at the end of the post. Wow! I’ll take two!

storyboard pizza fish

Saute 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!) At this point, spoon light coating of pizza sauce over fish. Then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese over sauce.


Pizza Fish...or How to Get Your Kids to Eat Fish
Recipe type: Entree - Seafood
Lightly breaded fish topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
  • Tilapia, Orange Roughy or other thin, mildly flavored Fish Fillets
  • Bread Crumbs, dried and seasoned
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • Fresh Basil
  1. Preheat non-stick skillet over medium heat. Dry fish with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper. 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.
  2. Spray one side of fish with olive or vegetable oil. I use the commercially canned spray for convenience. Lay sprayed side down into skillet. Spray other side. Make sprays quick but be sure to cover entire surface of fish and crumbs.
  3. Saute 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!) At this point, spoon light coating of pizza sauce over fish. Then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese over sauce. Continue to saute until bottom of fish is also brown and cheese is melted. Serve immediately.
  4. Optional:Layer fresh basil on top of fish and make a sandwich. I like the new thin buns at 100 calories a piece. Toast buns by spritzing with a little spray butter and saute in the same nonstick skillet or toast in toaster if you prefer a crunchier sandwich.
Unless you've been over generous with the cheese, you have just made a fish sandwich containing less than 200 calories! Without the bun, one piece of Pizza Fish is around a hundred calories, more or less depending on the size of the fish filet and how much cheese you put on it.


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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Vicki May 21, 2016 at 10:54 pm

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!!


Paula May 24, 2016 at 4:32 pm

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


Vicki August 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

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.


Isaac May 21, 2016 at 6:34 pm

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


Staci May 17, 2010 at 8:16 am

I made this on Saturday. We ALL loved it!!! Mike told me to add it to our list of “regular” meals 😉


Romaine May 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

I’m thrilled y’all liked it.


Jill April 13, 2010 at 8:54 pm

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.


Susie April 13, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen you make this recipe before. Sounds yummy! I’ll take a new idea on how to prepare tilapia. And you know my hubby…he is a pizza lover! BTW, don’t share this with anyone at Fuzzy’s…they may just steal it!


Staci April 13, 2010 at 6:46 am

Definitely gonna have to try this one on my family!


mike April 13, 2010 at 2:33 am

Ok, this is just fishy. Something about it reeks…. of fish. =) What a wonderfully creative idea! It’s no wonder you’ve had such a varied and somewhat “unique” career. I honestly can’t wait to try this! I agree – the pizza topping sold me!


Pia April 12, 2010 at 11:13 am

Oooo! It’s like a fish parmegian sub. Brilliant!


Cristine April 12, 2010 at 7:26 am

Yum! I’ll have to give this a try. My kids and husband LOVE fish… It’s me that needs the pizza topping! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


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