Easy Gluten-Free Breaded Fish Recipe & Tartar Sauce

This is the easiest gluten-free breaded fish recipe with a homemade tartar sauce you will ever make! The flaky white fish is dipped in tapioca flour, egg, and gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour. Then it’s quickly pan-fried to crispy perfection! The Greek yogurt tartar sauce includes fresh lemon, relish, dijon mustard, garlic, and dill. They can be enjoyed as fish and chips, fish tacos, or fish sandwiches.

Pan-fried cod on a plate with greek yogurt tartar sauce.

This is the easiest gluten-free breaded fish recipe with a homemade tartar sauce you will ever make! The flaky white fish is coated in a simple gluten-free breading and pan-fried in a little oil to crispy perfection! Combined with my healthy Greek yogurt tartar sauce, this crispy gluten-free fish is a healthier option for deep-frying battered fish. The tartar sauce takes a couple of minutes to whip up with fresh lemon, relish, dijon mustard, garlic, and dill.

It is the perfect quick and easy meal for a busy weeknight everyone will love. The pan-fried fish can be enjoyed as fish and chips, fish tacos, or fish sandwiches. My favorite sturdy frying pan to use when I make this recipe is my Hexclad Hybrid Frying Pan. 

Why You’ll Love This Healthy Pan-Fried Cod Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Pan-fried cod on a plate with greek yogurt tartar sauce.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best gluten-free breaded fish and tartar sauce:

White Fish: You can substitute with another firm, white-fleshed fish such as cod, haddock, tilapia, mahi mahi, or halibut. Alternatively, you could use salmon or trout if you prefer. You can use fresh fish or frozen fish. You can also use fish fillets and cut them to the desired size.

Tapioca Flour: Also known as tapioca starch. You can also use cornstarch or arrowroot powder.

Large Egg: You can replace it with a flax egg (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons of water).

Gluten-Free Bread Crumbs: You can use gluten-free panko breadcrumbs, almond flour, gluten-free crackers, crushed cornflakes, ground oats or all-purpose flour.

Almond Flour: You can omit and use all gluten-free bread crumbs.

Light Olive Oil: You can replace it with your favorite cooking oil, including avocado oil, extra-virgin olive oil, vegetable oil, or canola oil.

Garlic Powder: You can use finely minced fresh garlic or garlic paste as a substitute.

Paprika: Smoked paprika or chili powder can be used for a different flavor profile.

Onion Powder: Finely minced fresh onion or onion paste can be used as a substitute.

Salt: Any type of salt you have on hand will work, such as kosher salt or sea salt.

Lemon Pepper or Black Pepper: Freshly ground black pepper is a good substitute for lemon pepper. You can also add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to the batter for a similar flavor.

Greek Yogurt: If you don’t have Greek yogurt, you can use plain yogurt or dairy-free yogurt alternatives like coconut or almond yogurt.

Mayonnaise: You can omit the mayo and replace with the same amount of greek yogurt.

Relish: Finely chopped pickles or capers can replace relish.

Lemon Juice: Lime juice or white wine vinegar can be used instead of lemon juice.

Dijon Mustard: Yellow mustard or stone-ground mustard can be used as substitutes for Dijon mustard.

Dried Dill: Fresh dill, chopped finely, can replace dried dill. You can also use other herbs like parsley or cilantro.

Pan-fried cod on a plate with greek yogurt tartar sauce.

How to Make My Gluten-Free Breaded Fish with Almond Flour Recipe

Step 1: Prepare the Fish

Pat the white fish fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Cut the fillets into smaller fish pieces if desired and set aside.

Step 2: Bread the Fish

In three separate shallow bowls or plates, set up your breading station. In the first bowl, place tapioca flour. In the second bowl, beat the egg. In the third bowl, combine gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour with garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and lemon pepper or black pepper. Mix well to combine the spices with the breadcrumbs or almond flour.

Dredge each fish fillet in tapioca flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip the fish into the beaten egg, ensuring it’s evenly coated. Finally, coat the fish with the seasoned breadcrumb or almond flour mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breading to the fish.

Dipping fish in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs.
Breaded cod on a cutting board.

Step 3: Pan-Fry the Fish

In a large skillet or frying pan, heat 2-4 tablespoons of oil (light olive oil is my fave) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the breaded pieces of fish into the hot oil. Cook the fish for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Depending on the thickness of the fillets, cooking time may vary. Transfer the cooked fish to a paper towel-lined tray to drain any excess oil.

Pan-frying breaded cod in a frying pan.

Step 4: Make the Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic powder, dried dill, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Stir well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

You can serve the sauce immediately or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

Whisking a bowl of tartar sauce.
Pan-fried cod on a plate with greek yogurt tartar sauce.

Healthy Pan-Fried Breaded Fish and Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce Recipe Notes

Fish Selection: Choose fresh or thawed white fish fillets for the best flavor and texture. Ensure they are patted dry to help the breading adhere better.

Breading Technique: To ensure even coating, use one hand for dipping the fish in the wet ingredients (egg) and the other hand for coating with the dry ingredients (breadcrumb mixture). This helps prevent the breading from becoming clumpy.

Cooking Time: The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fish fillets. Cook them on each side until the breading is golden brown and crispy.

Tartar Sauce Variations: You can add more spice, salt, or a dash of hot sauce according to your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions: 

Serve the breaded fish with your favorite side dishes such as roasted vegetables, coleslaw, or a fresh green salad for a complete meal. Lemon wedges can be served alongside for squeezing over the fish before eating. The breaded fish also tastes amazing in fish tacos, a fish sandwich, or as fish and chips with russet potato wedges, homemade fries or frozen french fries. You can also slice the fish long and thin before breading to make gluten free fish sticks.

Refrigeration: The breaded fish and tartar sauce can be stored separately in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. If stacking them in an airtight container, place a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper between the layers of fish to prevent the breading from becoming soggy.

Reheating Instructions: Avoid microwaving the breaded fish, as it can make the breading soggy.

Oven Method: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the fish for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and the breading is crispy.

Air Fryer Method: Place the fish inside the basket and air-fry for 4-5 minutes at 385°F or until crispy. 

What types of fish can I use for this recipe?
You can use various types of white fish, such as cod, haddock, tilapia, or halibut. You can also use salmon or trout if you prefer. Just ensure the fish fillets are fresh or thawed properly before cooking.

I don’t have gluten-free breadcrumbs. What can I use instead in this pan-fried cod recipe?
If you don’t have gluten-free breadcrumbs, you can use crushed gluten-free crackers, crushed cornflakes, or ground oats as alternatives. You can also use finely ground almonds or other nuts to create a breading using almond flour.

Can I bake the breaded fish instead of pan-frying it?
Yes, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C) and place the breaded fish on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until cooked through and crispy.

Can I prepare the tartar sauce ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the tartar sauce ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-5 days. Just stir it well before serving to redistribute any separated ingredients.

Can I freeze the breaded fish or tartar sauce?
Yes, you can freeze the breaded fish before cooking for up to 1 month. As for the tartar sauce, while it can be frozen, its texture may slightly change upon thawing due to the yogurt and mayonnaise. It’s best to use it fresh or store it in the refrigerator for short-term use.

Pan-fried cod on a plate with greek yogurt tartar sauce.

Easy Gluten-Free Breaded Fish and Tartar Sauce Recipe

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the easiest gluten-free breaded fish recipe with a homemade tartar sauce you will ever make! The flaky white fish is dipped in tapioca flour, egg, and gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour. Then it's quickly pan-fried to crispy perfection! The Greek yogurt tartar sauce includes fresh lemon, relish, dijon mustard, garlic, and dill. They can be enjoyed as fish and chips, fish tacos, or fish sandwiches.
4.89 from 9 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients
  

Breaded Fish:

  • 1 pound white fish (cod, tilapia, mahi mahi)
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper (or 1/8 tsp black pepper)
  • 1/4 cup oil for frying (light olive is my fave)

Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon sweet relish
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • dash black pepper

Instructions
 

Breaded Fish:

  • Pat the white fish fillets dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Cut the fillets into smaller fish pieces if desired and set aside.
  • In three separate shallow bowls or plates, set up your breading station. In the first bowl, place tapioca flour. In the second bowl, beat the egg. In the third bowl, combine gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond flour with garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and lemon pepper or black pepper. Mix well to combine the spices with the breadcrumbs or almond flour.
    Dredge each fish fillet in tapioca flour, shaking off any excess. Then dip the fish into the beaten egg, ensuring it's evenly coated. Finally, coat the fish with the seasoned breadcrumb or almond flour mixture, pressing gently to adhere the breading to the fish.
  • In a large skillet or frying pan, heat 2-4 tablespoons of oil (light olive oil is my fave) over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, carefully place the breaded pieces of fish into the hot oil. Cook the fish for about 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and crispy. Depending on the thickness of the fillets, cooking time may vary. Transfer the cooked fish to a paper towel-lined tray to drain any excess oil. 

Greek Yogurt Tartar Sauce:

  • In a small bowl, combine Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, relish, lemon juice, dijon mustard, garlic powder, dried dill, sea salt, and ground black pepper. Stir well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
    You can serve the sauce immediately or refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

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Notes

Fish Selection: Choose fresh or thawed white fish fillets for the best flavor and texture. Ensure they are patted dry to help the breading adhere better.
Breading Technique: To ensure even coating, use one hand for dipping the fish in the wet ingredients (egg) and the other hand for coating with the dry ingredients (breadcrumb mixture). This helps prevent the breading from becoming clumpy.
Cooking Time: The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fish fillets. Cook them on each side until the breading is golden brown and crispy.
Tartar Sauce Variations: You can add more spice, salt, or a dash of hot sauce according to your taste preferences.

Nutrition

Calories: 357kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 30gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 100mgSodium: 879mgPotassium: 450mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 372IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 79mgIron: 2mg
Keyword almond flour, breaded fish, cod fillets, gluten-free bread crumbs, pan-fried, tartar sauce
Did you make this recipe?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hello! Great recipe for fried fish! I’ve been doing something like this for some time. I often use a generous scoop of turmeric in the flour with smoky paprika and salt and pepper
    Great flavor and color! Then a side of steamed veggies and rice goes good in my house!

    1. Hi Janet, thank you 🙂 And thank you for sharing these seasoning suggestions! I’ll have to try adding turmeric the next time I make these which will be very soon 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve never pan-fried fish before and this recipe was soooo easy! We loved the flavor in the breading. The almond flour tastes really good and we loved that it’s gluten free!! I used tilapia and was so excited with how crispy and juicy it turned out. And the tarter sauce is amazing!! I can’t wait to make it again with cod.

    1. Hi Felicia, I’m so excited my recipe was your first time making fish!! It’s so easy and yummy!! Thank you for the feedback 🙂

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