Seafood

Lemon-Garlic Tilapia & Green Beans

You guys!!! It has been so long since I have blogged about a meal that didn’t involve dessert. I spent the entire weekend by myself, and I really impressed myself with all of the cooking that I did. I have been having a hard time motivating myself to cook since my fiance moved to San Diego. It is hard to cook for yourself (although I have not found it too difficult to bake for myself). All in all, I have had a really successful weekend, if I do say so myself. I invented two recipes! One of which is an ice cream that is setting up in my freezer at this very moment, just waiting to be photographed, eaten and blogged about, not necessarily in that order.

I decided to make tilapia because it is really cheap, and I also like that if you buy it frozen, it comes individually packaged so it is easy to make just one or two at a time. I think that there are certain types of fish that only taste good when fresh, but tilapia is a really bland fish. I find that whether it is frozen or fresh, the taste depends entirely on what you serve it with. I started out with a recipe from the Food Network recipe and realized that I had none of the ingredients for it so I ended up making this up. The sauce that I made is some sort of tartar sauce, but not really. You can’t really go wrong with lemon and garlic on fish or green beans though so I think it turned out to be pretty darn delicious. It also only took about 20 minutes to make and cost about 10 bucks.
Lemon-Garlic Tilapia & Green Beans
3 Tablespoons flour
3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
4 6-oz tilapia fillets
4-5 Tablespoons butter
1/2 lb green beans
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
Juice of 1 lemon

Cook the green beans first so they are ready to go. I blanched them by putting them in boiling water for about 3 minutes and then transferring to a bowl of ice water. Set aside.
Combine flour, oregano, parsley, garlic salt, pepper, lemon zest, onion powder and paprika in a shallow dish.
Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Melt 2-3 tablespoons butter in the skillet and add the fillets, two at a time. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining fillets.
Add  2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and allow to melt. Add the green beans, garlic, grape tomatoes, and lemon juice and cook until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Serve with the tilapia and tartar sauce.
Tartar Sauce
 1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon capers
1 1/2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/4 large white onion, minced
1 Tablespoon butter
Juice of 1 lemon
1 1/2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon hot sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste

Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.
Combine all ingredients (including the cooked onions) in a small bowl with a whisk. Serve with the tilapia.

Lemon-Garlic Tilapia & Green Beans
Recipe type: Seafood
Total time: 
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • Lemon-Garlic Tilapia & Green Beans:
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 4 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 4 6-oz tilapia fillets
  • 4-5 Tablespoons butter
  • ½ lb green beans
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Tartar Sauce:
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon capers
  • 1½ Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ large white onion, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1½ Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Lemon-Garlic Tilapia & Green Beans:
  2. Cook the green beans first so they are ready to go. I blanched them by putting them in boiling water for about 3 minutes and then transferring to a bowl of ice water. Set aside.
  3. Combine flour, oregano, parsley, garlic salt, pepper, lemon zest, onion powder and paprika in a shallow dish.
  4. Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Dredge the fish in the flour mixture, shaking off the excess. Melt 2-3 tablespoons butter in the skillet and add the fillets, two at a time. Cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining fillets.
  5. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and allow to melt. Add the green beans, garlic, grape tomatoes, and lemon juice and cook until heated through, 1-2 minutes. Serve with the tilapia and tartar sauce.
  6. Tartar Sauce:
  7. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and cook until soft, 2-3 minutes.
  8. Combine all ingredients (including the cooked onions) in a small bowl with a whisk. Serve with the tilapia.

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