Friday, March 30, 2012

Recipe; Simple Tilapia with Zucchini and Tomato Saute

Accidentally Gluten Free Recipe Review; Simple Tilapia with Zucchini and Tomato Saute

Prep Time; 10 minutes
Cook Time; 5 minutes
Ready In; 15 minutes

Serves 2
  • Extra virgin olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 large zucchini, cut into quarters (lengthwise) and sliced 
  • 1 cup golden cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • 2 tilapia fillets 
  • Kosher salt 
  • Freshly ground black pepper 
  • Italian seasoning (or dried thyme, basil, oregano) 
  1. Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and zucchini slices. Saute for 4-5 minutes, until the zucchini is tender. Add the cherry tomato halves, and continue to saute until the tomato soft and heated through. Season with salt and pepper. 
  2. Meanwhile, pat the tilapia fillets dry with a paper towel. Season with salt, pepper, and the Italian seasoning on both sides. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil in a nonstick skillet and heat over medium heat. Place the tilapia fillets in the skillet and cook for a minute or two on each side (depending on the thickness of the fillet), flipping only once to allow the fish to get some nice color. 
  3. Spread spread the zucchini and tomato mixture in a single layer on a plate or serving dish. Top with the tilapia fillets. Serve immediately. 
As Jen from My Kitchen Addiction says, this is a very quick meal - 15mins or less!

This recipe was good enough that I have now made it several times, trying out a few variations. As you can see from my picture, this particular time I used red cherry tomatoes rather than golden, and added in summer squash. Personally, I did not taste any difference between the red and the golden tomatoes, but that may have been because it was a little too early in the season for really good tomatoes. However, the summer squash was definitely a detraction from the overall flavor of the dish - go with the original and stick to the zucchini alone. I also tried adding onions one time, again this actually managed to detract from the flavor, the garlic is all that this dish needs.

The only thing I am not quite satisfied with is the herbs and spices on the Tilapia, to me it tastes like something is lacking there but I am not quite sure what. However, this is a recipe that will definitely be staying in this kitchen, so I will experiment some more and update when I come up with something!

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