Monday, August 24, 2009

Pan Fried Tilapia

For a simple lunch with my sister, I made pan fried tilapia fillets and serve it with rice. I love tilapia! The juicy fillets have a very light taste and yet very filling at the same time. All the while, tilapia are very cheap and easy to obtain. I usually get the frozen ones to save for a quick and easy meal.

((Printable recipe))
4 medium fillets of tilapia (a little more than 1 lb)
4 cloves of garlic - minced
1 tsp of salt
1 tsp of ground black pepper
1 tbsp of dried parsley
(if you're using fresh parsley, chop up about 3 tbsp)
olive oil
approximately 1 tsp of lemon juice


Defrost the tilapia fillets if you got it frozen like me. Pat dry with some paper towel.
Next up, mince the garlic. I like to use the knife blades and press down on the whole garlic cloves so that it's semi flat. This makes it easier to peel the last bits of skin off. Mince away!

Sprinkle on the salt and rub on both sides of the fillets. If you accidentally sprinkled a bit more salt on one fillet than the other, feel free to carefully rub the two fillets together to distribute the salt. Rub rub rub.

Sprinkle on the ground black pepper and rub. Give those fillets a good massage.

Rub on the minced garlic. Yummmssss. Are you tired of rubbing already? Don't worry, the next step is the final rubbing phase. Having said that, rub on the parsley. One time, I used freshly chopped cilantro and it very yummy as well. My sister actually prefers the cilantro over the parsley.

Are you done with the rubbing? Yes? Yes?

Time to hit the stove! Heat about 2 tbsp of olive oil on a pan. Lay the fillets in one single layer like so:

Cook on medium high heat for about 3 minutes on each sides or until fish flakes easily.
While it's cooking, squeeze or sprinkle on the lemon juice. It doesn't have to be a lot, just a hint of lemon is good.

Remove from heat and serve with steaming hot rice!

Have fun cooking!

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