Pan Fried Tilapia
Everywhere you look, there seem to be reminders that we need to eat more fish. Its good for maintaining a healthy weight, good for heart health, blah blah blah. While standing in the fresh meat section of the grocery store, does this make us choose fresh fish over a New York Strip? Maybe. But I prefer the ‘it tastes darn good’ argument.
I love fish. I love freshwater lake fish like walleye, sunfish, trout, and crappies. I love seafood; shrimp, prawns, lobster, crab, scallops, etc. And I absolutely adore salmon. But tilapia is a big favorite in our house. It is readily available at our local supermarket, fairly inexpensive, and like most fish, is a fast cook. It also has a mild, fresh flavor so if you or your family has a sensitive palette and new to eating fish that isn’t in the shape of a stick, breaded, and out of the frozen food section, this is a great place to start. Its plain, simple, easy, and absolutely outstanding when paired with lemon thyme orzo and honey carrots.
So eat. Enjoy. And if your cholesterol is better at your next check-up and you need to buy smaller pants, well, just consider it a bonus. Pan Fried Tilapia
Always shop sustainably when in the market for fish. With tilapia, that means farm raised here in the US. For a free, printable seafood guide, check out this site here.
Old Bay Seasoning
extra-virgin olive oil
Liberally sprinkle the fish with Old Bay. Dust completely with flour, shaking off all the excess. Over medium heat, melt a pat of butter with a few tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saute pan. Lightly fry the fish until brown on one side and then flip and continue frying. This should only take about three minutes on the first side, and half that on the second side. Leftovers are great for fish tacos.