Friday, March 30, 2012

Quick & Easy Meal - Spicy Tilapia

Here is another quick and easy meal idea for all you people out there who don't have much time to prepare dinner, and you people who are sick of chicken (me, me!!).  This recipe was created by my friend Jen, and shared on her blog.  I have been making this spicy tilapia since she posted it last year because we all love it.  It is super easy to make, and cooks very quickly.  Perfect for the days I work and come home exhausted to a hungry family. Tilapia is also a very versatile fish to work with because it has a mild flavor and doesn't fall apart as much as other white fleshed fish.  Don't be scared of fish people!  Remember, buy it fresh (the day you are making it) and ask to smell it at the fish counter.  If it smells fishy - run!  Well, maybe not run, but say no thank you and change your dinner plans.  If it is fresh it should not smell fishy at all.  Kapeesh?
Spicy Tilapia
Recipe from Miss Jen's Kitchen Adventures
Ingredients:
1 to 1 1/2 pounds tilapia fillets
juice of a lemon
Cajun spice seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter

Directions:
 Rinse and pat dry your tilapia fillets.
 Squeeze lemon juice over one side of the fillets.
Sprinkle with your choice of Cajun seasoning.  Go lightly, especially if your seasoning has a high salt content.  I have tried a few different brands and they all tend to be a bit salty so next time I am going to make my own Cajun seasoning blend and try it out.  I'll keep ya posted on that.
Heat a large skillet (I like to use my cast iron skillet) over medium high heat.  Add the olive oil and butter.
Once the butter is melted and hot, add your fillets - seasoned side DOWN in the pan.  Now you can season the other side of the fish with the lemon juice and Cajun seasoning. Cook for about 5 minutes until you see the fish is starting to cook up the sides and the underside is browned.  Flip it over carefully and cook on the other side for another 3-4 minutes, until the fish is opaque and flakes easily.
Remove from pan and squeeze a little more lemon juice over the cooked fish if desired.
Super easy and very tasty.
Serve with rice and veggies and now you have another quick and easy meal to add to the list.
Thanks Jen for an awesome recipe!  Check out Jen's cooking blog here for more great dinner ideas and recipes.

3 comments:

  1. I make tilapia the same way. It's delicious. There is also a Tony's blackened seasoning that is good too and to me it's not quite as spicy.

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  2. I made this tonight and we loved it! Keep the recipes coming! :)

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  3. This tutorial really helped me and I am pleased with your skills. I have also subscribed your blog. Now I am expecting more good tutorials from you. 

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