All my good intentions to try to cook items a little healthier for out waistlines went completely out the window with that last recipe.
(I think you may already have the idea that I have absolutely no self-control when it comes to sweets. Especially if they include chocolate or salty/sweet or basically anything with sugar. I’m an addict. Admitting it is the first step.)
Anyhow, I tried to redeem myself with a healthy dinner the other night – from a recipe I’ve been sitting on since August.
Honey Lime Tilapia, from One Lovely Life
For the fish and marinade:
4 tilapia fillets
Juice and zest of 1 lime
1 T olive oil
1 1/2 T honey
1/2 t salt
1/2 t pepper
1/4 t garlic powder
For dredging and cooking:
1/2 c flour
1/4 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1-2 T olive oil
Assemble marinade by combining lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a gallon-sized zip-top bag or shallow container with a lid. Add fish and marinate in the refrigerator anywhere from 1 hour up to 24 hours.
When ready to cook, combine flour with salt and pepper on a plate. Remove each fish fillet from the marinade and dredge lightly with the flour on both sides (just a light, light coating).
Heat 1-2 T olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook fillets for 3-4 minutes per side or until opaque and browned (this works best if you don’t disturb the fish much while letting it cook).
What I absolutely loved about this recipe is that it took less than 10 minutes to make (even if you count making the marinade beforehand). It’s super easy, and we had all the ingredients on hand – so a great idea for one of those nights where you’re struggling with what to make.
I do wish I’d marinated it longer (I only had it soaking for the hour) and that I’d used a zip-top bag instead of a shallow dish. The reason I say this is that some bites had the lovely flavor of the lime and honey but others did not. I’m thinking that if it had soaked longer and been completely covered with the marinade, it would have been more flavorful.
Overall, the flavor was really light – but when I did get a taste of the good stuff, it was quite delicious. Since the recipe was so easy, I will definitely keep tweaking it to get the most bang for my buck flavor-wise.
(I have to point out that Emily’s picture from the original recipe looks way better than mine – probably because I was so ready to eat the fish, that I just snapped a couple quick shots so I could be done and eat. Plus her crust looks amazing – gotta figure out that trick.)
And if you’re eyeing that couscous – it’s coming up next post, and it’s an original recipe I made up!
(And it’s really good, too.)
Happy Friday, friends!