Accidentally Gluten Free Recipe Review; Simple Tilapia with Zucchini and Tomato Saute
Prep Time; 10 minutes
Cook Time; 5 minutes
Ready In; 15 minutes
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- Spread spread the zucchini and tomato mixture in a single layer on a plate or serving dish. Top with the tilapia fillets. Serve immediately.
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!