Good Morning America Recipes

Cracker Fish

Budget-Conscious Main Courses

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

Many American families are looking for ways to save cash. For some, that means cutting down on the grocery bills.

But as "Good Morning America" found, it might be easier than you think to keep some delicious cuts of meat and fish on your list, without breaking the bank.

This recipe is a terrific choice for your main course that won't keep you wondering how you'll pay for your next meal.


  • 4 to 5 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tsp. oregano (fresh or dried)
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 c. saltine crumbs (from 24 saltines), made by pulsing in a food processor or crushing in a zippered plastic bag
  • 4 pieces tilapia fillet (6 oz. each)
  • lemon wedges
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine 2 tablespoons of the oil and the garlic, oregano and lemon zest in a rimmed dinner plate. Spread the saltine crumbs on wax paper. Dip each fillet in the oil mixture and then coat with crumbs.

    Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat until hot. Reduce the heat to medium-high, add the fish and saute until well browned, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add more oil to the pan, if necessary, turn the fish, and saute until cooked through and brown on the remaining side, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with lemon wedges.

    Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton, "Sara's Secrets for Weeknight Meals"

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: tilapia, crackers, garlic, oregano

    Course: Dinner, Main Course

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