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need a simple and delicious preparation for frozen Tilapia

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My husband loves Tilapia, so I bought some frozen loins this week. How do I easily make it delicious?


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  1. I make a very simple topping for Tilapia and then bake it.. The topping has butter, mayo, lemon juice, lemon zest, grated onion, a bit of cayenne pepper ,fresh herbs and salt. It goes together very quickly, bakes for maybe 10-12 min. and is delicious. Fast, simple and easy. One tip is defrost the Tilapia in milk. Will post exact amounts if you'd like.

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    1. re: jackie de

      Would love this recipe--thanks!

    2. I love this recipe for tilapia with a chile lime butter from epicurious.com: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      1. Hi Noya, here is an easy Chinese preparation. I guess you could call it sweet and sour fish but it is nothing like anything I've had in a Chinese restaurant by that name.

        Defrost first of course. Lightly flour your fillets and fry in vegetable oil until golden brown and edges are crispy. Remove fillets and make a a pan sauce: Add some more vegetable oil to skillet and add some matchstick-cut ginger, 1 chopped cayenne, and 2 stalks chopped scallions. Briefly stir-fry until fragrant, then add a few splashes of soy sauce, rice vinegar, and a pinch of sugar. Thicken pan sauce with a cornstarch slurry, making sure to simmer a few minutes after adding slurry. Season sauce to taste with more soy sauce, vinegar, or sugar. Briefly return fillets to pan, tossing to coat with sauce. Serve over steamed rice and top with a little chopped cilantro - use fresh slivered scallions if you don't like cilantro.

        1. I love Tilapia (Costco's flash frozen), and make mine easy and delicious by:

          Defrost the Tilapia, rinse and pat dry (make sure it sits to dry for awhile too). Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, both sides.

          Make a mixture of 2 T. of mayo (or sour cream), and 1 T. dijon mustard. Dip Tilapia into mixture on both sides. Then dredge in Panko bread crumbs.

          Take 2 T. butter, and 1 T. olive oil, bring skillet to medium high and put in olive oil and butter. Place Tilapia in skillet, cook for 2-3 minutes on top of stove, turn and cook for 2 more minutes. Let drain on paper towel for 1 minute. Serve with lemon slices.

          BTW, the amounts I gave is for one Tilapia filet, but you can adjust it for 2 or more.

          1. I have used a tablespoon of miso and a bit of water. Let it marinade for a few hours and then put it in the oven. It's really simple and the flavour is very delicate.

            1. I let the tilapia hang out in a mixture of salt, pepper, cumin, paprika, and chili powder. Drop in some olive oil, and take it to the grill. I pair it some salsa, gucamole, sour cream, and lettuce for some tasty fish tacos.

              1. I buy our tilapia at Costco flash frozen also. It is one of the ONLY fish my DH enjoys. Love the ideas!

                1. The simplest I got is:
                  1. Thaw tilapia
                  2. Sprinkle with no-salt lemon pepper seasoning
                  3. Put a pat of butter on top
                  4. Broil until it's done!

                  1. I also defrost mine in milk. Then I brush it with Dijon mustard, dredge in cornmeal and fry in a olive oil/butter combo. Yum. I think that might be tonight's dinner.

                    1. Dredge defrosted fillets in seasoned flour, then cook quickly in a skillet with butter or olive oil until lightly browned. Remove from pan (keep warmish) and deglaze pan with white wine, add some capers and whatever else seems apropos. Pour sauce over fish and serve. Maybe some lemon juice if you think it needs more spark.