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Whole Tilapia-What Would You Do?

scuzzo Jan 21, 2008 10:56 PM

My local market has whole Tilapia for cheap. Do you cook it? What works for you? I bought one tonight and pan fried it and it was pretty good, but I want to know more and try something different. Let me know if you have any thoughts about this! Thanks.

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  1. galleygirl RE: scuzzo Jan 22, 2008 05:05 AM

    I treat them like many whole fish, a little EVOO, lemon juice, S&P, and on th grill til crispy. It'a amaing how much better whole tilapia is tham the flavorless (IMHO) fillets.
    In the winter, I use a trick that Striperguy posted about cooking mackeral. I put a large cast iron skillet uder the broiler, til it gets smokin' hot. Then, i drop the fish, oiled, etc. ontp it, and back under the broiler for another ten minutes or so...You can use any kind of dippingsauce you like...

    1. Sam Fujisaka RE: scuzzo Jan 22, 2008 05:08 AM

      Whole en papillote or steamed and topped with molten toasted sesame oil and soy sauce, chives, garlic, and ginger.

      Steaks in Asian or Mexican style soups; or deep fried (the only thing I deep fry).

      Fillets poached in teriyaki.

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        galleygirl RE: Sam Fujisaka Jan 22, 2008 05:53 AM

        Don't you think it's too fatty(whole) to be steamed en papillote? Just curious...
        I'm always surprised at the pockets of omega 3's hidden in the cracks and crevices...

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          MMRuth RE: galleygirl Jan 22, 2008 05:59 AM

          I don't think so - curious as to why the fattiness would be an issue en papillote? Thanks!

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            Sam Fujisaka RE: galleygirl Jan 22, 2008 06:12 AM

            They come out great en papillote.

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              galleygirl RE: Sam Fujisaka Jan 22, 2008 07:24 AM

              Okay, just wondering...I'll try it...
              MMR, I just thought the fat might kind sit there in a bad way en papillote...It sounds like I thoght wrong!

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                Kelli2006 RE: Sam Fujisaka Jan 22, 2008 12:39 PM

                Sam, That is a great idea. I would stuff the cavity with lemon, dill, fennel bulb and maybe garlic or shallot. Season w/ salt, pepper and maybe white wine or sherry.

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            toni Vaughn RE: scuzzo Nov 21, 2009 07:34 PM

            I have 3 whole tilapia fish that I bought at sam's club. I intend to stuff it with slices of red onion and baste them with hoisin sauce. Garnish with lemon slices

            1. ipsedixit RE: scuzzo Nov 21, 2009 08:55 PM

              Deep fry if you've got the setup; otherwise, pan fry.

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                tastesgoodwhatisit RE: scuzzo Nov 21, 2009 11:31 PM

                Finely dice half an onion and half a green pepper per fish. Mix with a generous amount of olive oil, salt, the juice of half a lemon, and some red pepper flakes. Rub the mixture inside and outside of the fish, and broil.

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