An electric skillet is a useful tool, whether in the kitchen when you need an extra cooking surface in places where cooking facilities are non-existent, such as a dorm room or efficiency apartment. An electric skillet does everything that a skillet on the stove can do — and you can use it to make a variety of foods. You can even cook a delicate fish, such as tilapia, easily and quickly in an electric skillet.

Things You'll Need

Thaw the tilapia fillets overnight in the refrigerator if frozen when you purchased them. Remove the fillets from the refrigerator. Gently rinse them under cool running water. Pat the tilapia fillets dry using paper towel.

Preheat the electric skillet to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray the surface of the skillet with spray vegetable oil.

Mix the all-purpose flour with a small amount seasonings and spices, such as salt, ground black pepper, dill weed, or Asian five spice powder.

Dredge the tilapia fillets through the flour mixture, making sure to coat both sides. Shake the fillets gently to remove any excess flour. Coating the fish in flour helps keep the fish from sticking to the skillet and also helps brown the fish and seal in moisture.

Place the tilapia fillets into the electric skillet and cook for about five minutes. Use a plastic or silicone fish spatula and flip the fillets. Cook for another five minutes and remove the fillets from the skillet. Serve immediately.