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Fish Sandwich with Ginger Apricot Mayonnaise

September 14, 2011

This is not your ordinary fish sandwich. While we’re on the subject, let me tell you how much I despise fast food fish sandwiches. I think they should be banned…all fast food fish should be illegal. I don’t know why, but it grosses me out. I know a certain chain restaurant has its legion of fans for that nasty fish sandwich…and they eat it with a slice of cheese! I’ll never understand it. Not to be left out of the fish sandwich love, I offer up this Fish Sandwich with Ginger Apricot Mayonnaise. Believe it or not, it’s incredibly tasty and under 250 calories per serving!

Fish Sandwich with Ginger Apricot Mayonnaise

So, how’s it taste?

I was first drawn to making this sandwich because of the flavored mayonnaise. Ginger and apricot? Yes, please! I know plenty of folks that don’t like mayo, but it just goes with fish…like tartar sauce. I happen to love mayo, so jazzing it up with flavor is a bonus for me. Fish cooks so quickly, so this meal is a very easy weeknight meal. There’s ginger and cayenne in the breading for the fish which makes for a pretty flavorful sandwich. You might want to amp up the cayenne if you like a little spice as I couldn’t taste it very much with the measurements below. I used tilapia for the fish as it’s very mild and goes well with just about any flavor combination. The ginger apricot mayo is such a refreshing match for the delicate fish. I like to add an extra dollop of the preserves for more sweetness. You could certainly substitute orange marmalade or peach preserves as well.

Fish Sandwich with Ginger Apricot Mayonnaise

New Dieter's Cookbook
4 servings
per serving: 248 calories, 3g fat, 38g carbs, 20g protein, 4g fiber


Ginger Apricot Mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1 tsp. apricot preserves
1/4 tsp. ground ginger

4 fresh tilapia fillets
margarine spray
1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cayenne
4 hamburger buns (I prefer Healthy Life)
4 tbsp. apricot preserves


1. For the mayonnaise, in a small bowl mix mayonnaise, ginger, and preserves.

2. For the sandwiches, lightly coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a small bowl combine the bread crumbs, ginger, salt, pepper, and cayenne; set aside. Place fish fillets on the baking pan, spray with margarine spray. Coat sides and tops with crumb mixture.

3. Bake, uncovered, in a 450F oven for 4 to 6 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork.

4. To serve, toast buns and add lettuce and fish fillets to bottom buns. Top each sandwich with 1 tablespoon of the mayonnaise and 1 tablespoon of the preserves. Add bun tops.

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  • Heather September 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    yum! I have never made a fish sandwich so this might be on my to cook list soon!

    • Leah September 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      It’s so good and so so easy! Easy on the waistline, too, even with the mayo!

  • Sues September 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Mmm you’re right this is not an ordinary fish sandwich!! I’ve never had a fast food one before since I didn’t like fish when I was a kid and don’t eat fast food now, but this looks 480345803 times better than anything you could find. Love the ginger apricot mayonnaise!

    • Leah September 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm

      I’m finding how easy it is to flavor mayo and this one is tops. You aren’t missing much by not eating that other fish sandwich, lol!

  • Lesley September 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    The thumbnail for this looked like it was a fried egg on top. I bet a lot of people would like that, too. 🙂

    • Leah September 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm

      It does! I got a little crazy with the schmear of mayo for the pic!

  • Vivek September 15, 2011 at 10:26 am

    I bet that mixing apricot preserves and ginger would be a great mix with mustard! And I bet that mustard would be really good with some game day brats!

    Have you had fish from Louisiana Seafood Company yet?

    • Leah September 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

      That’s funny you mention that because last night I was making this sandwich again and almost put some mustard in it! I’ll try it next time.

      I haven’t had their seafood yet, but want to try it!

  • Susan in the Boonies September 15, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    OK, first off, I thought it was a fried egg, too, and kept waiting to see that in the recipe.

    And having said that, I’ll admit that one time I had a McFish, and I (SHOCK!!! because I’m a food snob!!!!) LIKED IT!!! (And I HATE cheese with seafood, in general!)

    But, having said those things, this sandwich sounds really tasty to me!!! And, it’s low in calories, too? BONUS!!!

    I’m going to print this out and give it a try. I have some fish in the freezer that we need to eat, and my husband complains. So We’ll try this!