Friday, February 18, 2011

Recipe of the week: Cilantro Lime Talapia

We love fish tacos at our house.  I used to cook talapia on the grill but the last few times I've done it in my big cast iron pan.  I served this with corn tortillas, cabbage, lime and salsa.  You can add cheese or guacamole if you like.  I make a little sauce for mine.  You can make these as fancy or as simple as you like.  This recipe is also great served with grilled vegetables or just a green salad.  A Vorte Sante!



Fish:

1 lb Talapia fillets  (you might want to do more if you have more than 3 people eating)
1/2 to 1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 bunch of cilantro
2 limes
chipotle powder
canned sliced jalapenos
salt and pepper to taste

If your fish is still frozen that's not a big deal, you just have to cook it for a few extra minutes.  Heat up your pan (I use a big cast iron one) and add the olive oil.  Add the fish fillets and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chipotle.  Cut your lime in half and squeeze over the fish, (I cook mine with the halved lime) add about 2 Tbsp of cilantro leaves, throw and a few slices of the jalapeno, cover and cook about 3 minutes.  Turn over, slightly reseason and cook for another 3-4 minutes, until the fish is white and flaky, this will take a couple extra minutes if you start with frozen fish.

Sauce:

1 Tbsp olive oil mayonnaise
1 Tbsp vinegar (red wine or white wine)
a dash of chipotle powder or red pepper flakes

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside in the refrigerator until you're ready to put your tacos together.  Smear a little sauce on your tortilla, add fish, cabbage, a squeeze of lime and a little salsa....a masterpiece!  Enjoy =)