For some reason seafood intimidates me a bit, so this year I really wanted to get to the point that I felt confident cooking with seafood. This dish was a great way to start. Tilapia is fairly inexpensive, so you don't feel as much pressure to make it perfect, plus I think it's a fairly forgiving meat, not difficult to cook. It's also very delicious and healthy. My whole family wolfed this meal down with not a single leftover to show for it!
Pan-Seared Tilapia with Almond Browned Butter and Snow Peas
From Favorite Family Dinners
3 cups pea pods, trimmed
4 4-5 oz skinless fresh tilapia fillets
sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1 tsp all purpose flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup coarse chopped almonds
1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley
1. In a large saucepan bring lightly salted water to boiling. Add pea pods. Cook for 2 minutes. Drain and set aside.
2. Meanwhile, season one side of fish with salt and pepper; sprinkle with flour. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. When hot (a drop of water should sizzle or roll) remove from heat and add olive oil, tilting pan to coat with oil. Return pan to heat and add fish, floured side up (if necessary cook fish a half at a time). Cook fish for 4 to 5 minutes, or until easy to remove with spatula.. gently turn fish and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Arrange peas on a serving platter, arrange fish on top of peas.
3. Reduce heat to medium. Add butter to skillet. When butter begins to melt, stir in almonds. Cook for 30-60 seconds or until butter is melted and nuts are lightly toasted (do not let butter burn). Spoon butter mixture over fish fillets. Sprinkle with parsley.
Per Serving: 266 cal, 15g total fat, 71 mg chol, 210 mg sod, 7g carbs, 3 g fiber, 24g prot.
Points per serving: 6