With warmer weather finally here, my recipe rut that I was in seems to be thawing out. I apologize for not posting much lately. I also feel happier and ready for lighter dishes that don’t seem so appealing during the cold weather. This fish dish is a great spring dish that goes great with a rice or quinoa dish and various vegetables including spinach as pictured below or asparagus. I made this on one of the nights that my husband had work and had the leftovers the next day for lunch. Very flavorful and tender without being unhealthy. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did, here is the recipe:
Lemon Garlic Dill Tilapia – Serves 4
4 fresh or frozen then thawed Tilapia filets (mine were about 4 ounces each)
1/4 of a teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of dried dill
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
Extra virgin olive oil cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon sliced into wedges for serving with the fish
On medium-high heat, heat up a large pan.
Mix garlic powder, dried dill, black pepper, and sea salt together in a small bowl to make your seasoning mix.
Coat each side of the fish lightly with this seasoning mix and then with cooking spray or olive oil.
Once the pan is fully heated (about two to three minutes depending on your stove), arrange your seasoned tilapia in the pan.
After about three minutes, very gently move fish in the pan to prevent the fish from sticking to the pan.
Cook fish for another three to four minutes and then gently flip each fish filet.
Cook four to five more minutes, or until lightly golden brown.
This will be the first fish/seafood recipe on this blog. This is a cross between a crab cake and a salmon burger. These can be eaten like a crab cake with aioli or tartar sauce or like a burger using tuna melt fixings like cheese and tomato on a gluten free bun or lettuce leaves. I don’t cook a lot of seafood or fish at home since my husband is very allergic to all fish and seafood. However, I make these and some other seafood/fish dishes when he is not home. I do enjoy seafood and fish, but don’t eat either of these more than a few times a month due to my husband’s allergies and the fact that most seafood and fish is expensive. I also converted these into a gluten free and paleo friendly recipe using almond meal from Trader Joe’s in place of the bread crumbs. These are budget friendly for a fish dish though and are easy to make, enjoy!
Tuna Burgers – Makes 2 large burgers or 4 smaller burgers
4oz can of tuna
1/3 cup of almond meal or almond flour
1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
1/8 teaspoon of salt
2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
Optional: 2 slices of mozzarella or cheddar cheese
Mix tuna and egg together in a medium sized bowl until both ingredients are completely mixed together.
Add almond meal/flour, onion powder, garlic powder, black pepper, and salt and mix them completely into the tuna mixture.
Coat a medium sized pan with extra virgin olive oil or olive oil cooking spray.
Form 2 tuna patties and fry them in a large pan on medium heat for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.
Add a slice of cheese to each patty if using cheese after flipping the tuna patties halfway though.
Serve and enjoy on your plate, cut into bite sized pieces for a salad, on romaine lettuce leaves, or on a gluten free hamburger bun with the condiments of your choice.