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Tilapia recipes?

I have never cooked tilapia, but I bought some from Trader Joe's today to make for dinner. I wanted to make a simple dish to serve with couscous. I bought Thai yellow curry sauce to cook with it and I could top it with shredded coconut or raisins and maybe some red chili flakes for a kick...but since I am not very familiar with the fish I am not sure if that will taste good? I also thought about making a piccata sauce to pour over the fish and adding some grapes or yellow raisins to sweeten it up. I would like to use the ingredients that I have (lemon, raisins, italian bread crumbs, lime, oranges, white wine, capers, red grapes, dill, olive oil, butter, red chili flakes, etc.) I would really appreciate any good recipes or ideas! Thank you!

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  1. Tilapia basically takes on whatever flavors you choose to cook it with, so anything you make as a sauce, or if you bread it will actually make it better. Tilapia on it's own is rather boring.

    Last time I made it I mixed flour and a cayenne pepper rub and served it with tartar sauce and some lemon. It was almost like a blackened catfish type dish.

    1. Since Tilapia is rather mild, I don't use anything too overpowering. I rinse the fish and pat dry. Dredge in flour, slightly salted, saute in butter. Remove fish when cooked. Keep warm. In pan, toss in fresh shredded ginger, fresh lime juice, and reduce with white wine. This is roughly my recipe. I just throw it together. Your technique may be more preceise.

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      1. re: Kate is always hungry

        I actually take the opposite approach... since tilapia is so mild I find it requires strong flavors to be good.

        Like you I lightly dredge the fillets and pan-fry until crisp. Then I remove the fish and saute chopped scallions, garlic, and fresh cayennes in the same pan. Add soy sauce, a pinch of sugar and a bit of rice wine vinegar. Heat sauce gently until it comes together, then thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry. Mix in chopped cilantro just before the sauce comes off the stove. Serve fish on rice with pan sauce poured over the top. If you have leftover sauce but no more fish, it goes great with plain rice!

      2. Thanks for the great ideas! How long does it cook for (in the oven or sauteed in the pan with butter)?

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        1. re: gourmetgal1

          Treat it like sole or flounder - a short cooking time. My default tilapia dish is to put cooked rice or couscous, or store-bought seafood stuffing, in a pan, then laying the fillets over it. I stir teriyaki sauce or any other soy-based marinade into a mixture of julienned raw vegetables (peppers, zucchini, onion, carrot, whatever's on hand) or frozen mixed vegetables, then put that over the fish and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. If I were baking the fish without the bottom layer, I'd do only 20 minutes.

        2. I make Tilapia the way I remember from my trip to Israel - garlic powder, parsley, paprika, cumin and chili powder then grill and serve with a salad.

          1. You can cook it "en papillote." Make a pouch with some parchment, add the tilapia, some lemon juice, white wine, capers, a little olive oil.. and some other veggies that you like and that steam well. Seal it up and cook for 15 minutes at 400.

            It's a pretty versatile recipe..have fun with it