Tilapia is always worth buying because it is a versatile fish and there are plenty of mouthwatering recipes for it. The following recipe, for example, shows you how to pan-fry this fish. It is coated in an Old Bay seasoning and cornmeal mixture, and then fried in olive oil. There are only four ingredients you need to make this easy dish, as well as some lemon slices and dill weed for garnish but those are optional.
So what side dishes are best for this pan-fried tilapia recipe? Of course that is down to personal preference, but a lot of people love to serve fries with fish, as well as some tossed salad. Tartar sauce is always a great condiment for fish too. Tilapia is the fifth most important species in fish farming. China is the biggest tilapia producer in the world, and Egypt is second.
Tilapia is a healthy option, since it is low in saturated fat, calories, sodium, and carbohydrates. It is a good protein source and also contains the micronutrients phosphorus, selenium, vitamin B12, niacin, and potassium. Most farm-raised tilapia have low levels of omega-3 fatty acids though, so make sure you alternate your tilapia recipes with salmon, cod and other types of fish, since omega-3s are healthy.
- 2 tilapia filets
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ½ cup cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay seasoning
- Sprigs of dill weed and lemon slices, for garnish
- Combine the Old Bay seasoning with the cornmeal and spread this over a platter.
- Coat the fish filets lightly with this mixture.
- Add the olive oil to a skillet and heat it over a medium-high heat.
- Pan-fry the coated fish until golden on the bottom.
- Flip over and repeat on the other side.
- Take care not to overcook the fish - it is easy to do.
- Serve, garnished with dill weed and lemon slices.
Served with fries on the side, as well as a mixed leaf salad, this tilapia looks really appetizing. In this picture it is garnished with dill weed and a slice of lemon. Swap the lemon slice for a lemon wedge if you want enough juice for squeezing over the fish. Tilapia is inexpensive but flavorful with an appealing texture. It cooks well from fresh or frozen, and you can pan-fry it in minutes or even poach it if you want a different result. Pan-frying is an easy technique and this type of dinner should appeal to everyone in your family.
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