The Little Mermaid is one of my top three favorite Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast is number one!) But, despite my love of the song “Under the Sea,” I don’t eat a lot of fish in real life. I’m more of a meat/chicken fan and my interest in fish stays mostly within sushi and shrimp. So it’s probably no surprise that I have NEVER cooked with it.
Until this week :)
Mexico is three weeks away (!!!) and I’m still on my quest to get back in shape because I will be wearing a bathing suit. And part of the quest is always trying to find some healthy recipes to make for the week without breaking the bank and my calorie allotment.
Welcome tilapia! Friends mentioned this is a delicious, calorie-friendly protein so after some online recipe searching, I found one for Sauteed Tilapia with Honey-Scallion Dressing on Cooking Light and put on my big girl pants and decided to give it a try.
Here’s how it turned out:
- 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon bottled ground fresh ginger (I substituted with garlic and it was just as good)
- 1/4 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 4 cups gourmet salad greens
To prepare dressing, combine first 6 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
To prepare fish, heat canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish evenly with salt and pepper. Add fish to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Arrange 1 cup greens on each of 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 fish fillet; drizzle with 2 tablespoons dressing.
Verdict: Light and delicious! First, this is ridiculously fast to cook, it took only 20 minutes from start to finish, which is a new record for me! The fish was nice and flavorful without the dressing, but adding it on was REALLY good. You don’t need a lot and it goes a long way. The greens were a nice touch too, although if you like dressing, you can add some balsamic separately. But do not skip the sesame oil in the dressing, it bring out SO much flavor. I really love this!
What about you? Are you a fish lover? What kind is your favorite?