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Monday, November 9, 2009

Spicy Citrus Tilapia

One of my best friends, Maxine, was visiting for a long weekend and we prepared a lovely dinner of tilapia and salad for our first meal together. She is also a fan of heat so I was free to be generous with the spice! I used one habanero and, as expected, it went a loooonnng way. Tilapia cooks very quickly which makes it perfect for week night meals. I have used tilapia in the past to make fried fish tacos, and while i didn't want to fry these fillets, I wanted the spicy and citruis flavor to stick so I used a bit of flour as a sort of glue. We ate this over some basmati rice and it was a wonderful combination! The rice offset the heat and made the bites more edible. With a squirt of lime, this dish is super flavorful!

Spicy Citrus Tilapia
(Serves 3)

4 fillets of tilapia
2 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
A bit of ground pepper
Zest from 1 lemon
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 habanero, finley diced
Lime slices for garnish
Olive oil

1. On a plate, mix together the flour, ginger, and pepper. Dredge the tilapia fillets in the flour mixture.
2. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium high heat and add the diced habanero. Put in the tilapia and drizzle the lemon juice evenly over the fillets. Sprinkle the lemon zest on top. The fillets should cook for about 3 minutes per a side. Garnish with lime slices, serve with rice and enjoy!

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