This is such a light and fabulous dish, lovely!
Choose your favorite white fish and use either fresh or frozen. Fish is a healthy choice to have and most people shriek at the idea of cooking it, but it is so easy and simple to make. If you use frozen just make sure you defrost a few hours in advanced.
Tip: Target now sells fish in their frozen food section ranging from Tilapia to Mahi Mahi. They run around $7.00 a bag and have 6 filets in them individually wrapped. That’s plenty to feed a family on a budget or to just pull two out at a time and keep the rest in the freezer. There is also a misconception of frozen fish. Most fish is frozen right off the fishing boats so they taste plenty fresh.
(Servings 2) What you’ll need:
- 2 Tilapia filets
- 1 can of seasoned black beans
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped 😉
- 1 roasted pepper (red or yellow) chopped
- 1/2 a yellow onion chopped
- Jamaican Curry Seasoning and Cajun Seasoning or a Mexican Seasoning.
In a sauce pan heat up a few tablespoons of olive oil. Add in your pepper and onion. Sprinkle some pinches of salt and the seasoning. Be generous covering the veggies. Heat on medium until the onions are nice and translucent.
Add in a 1/8 cup of water and a clove and a half of garlic. Let it all simmer on low for a few more minutes to absorb the flavors.
In the meantime throw your beans into a small pot and add the rest of the chopped garlic. Cook on med-low until the beans soften and cook down, about 10 minutes.
After your veggies are nice and cooked down add to a food processor or mini version of…
Pulse a few times until a nice puree begins to form. Don’t overwork, it should be the consistency of apple sauce, but a bit thicker. Set aside.
In the same pan the veggies were in add in 2 tablespoons of olive oil on med heat. Make sure to cover the entire pan with the olive oil because the fish will stick 😉
Season the fish on one side with the same seasoning you used on the veggies, salt, Jamaican Curry, and Cajun.
Once the pan is heated through place the fish, season side face down, and season the other side. Let it sit for about 3-4 minutes and flip. Cook another few minutes on low. You don’t want to overcook. Fish cooks fast. That was easy! It’s faster than chicken.
To plate the dish pour onto the plate some of the puree. Place a piece of tilapia over top, add a spoonful of beans and sprinkle the beans with some chopped tomatoes, cilantro or mexican crumbled cotija cheese.
I didn’t call this love on a plate for no reason…it is!! All the flavors blend beautifully together. It’s my ideal dish, light, full of bright flavors, and they all work together. Fish has come a long way since the frozen fish sticks I grew up with 😉