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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pan Seared Tilapia with Lemon Basil Sauce

If you've been following the blog the last month you've noticed I've been cooking with lemons A LOT lately!  I love the fresh taste it gives to my dishes and it goes well with almost any fresh herbs you may have on hand.  This dish allowed me to use up the rest of the fresh basil I had stored in my refrigerator but because of the versatility of lemon, you can use any fresh herbs you may have growing in your garden.  Tilapia is the perfect mild, whitefish for this dish and searing it will give you a crispy exterior while keeping the meat moist and tender.  I served this dish over jasmine rice with a side salad for a complete meal!


2 tilapia fillets
1 tbsp EVOO, divided
2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper
Juice of 1/2 large lemon
6-7 basil leaves
1/2 cup chicken broth


In a large heavy bottom skillet, melt 1/2 tbsp EVOO and 1 tbsp butter over medium high heat.  Slice the tilapia fillets in half, lengthwise, creating 4 large tenders.  Slice each tender into 3 pieces each; you should now have 12 bite sized tilapia pieces.  Season the fish with salt and pepper. 

When the butter begins to foam add the fish to the pan, 6 pieces at a time.  Cook 3-4 minutes or until a nice golden brown.  Flip and cook an additional 3 minutes, or until seared. 

Remove the fish to a plate and place in a warm spot, uncovered.  Add 1/2 tbsp EVOO to the pan and cook the remaining fish in the same manner, removing to the plate once complete. 

Once the fish has been cooked, turn the heat to medium and add the lemon juice, chicken broth and salt and pepper to the pan.  Simmer for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Chiffondale your basil and add it to the pan.  Stir for 1 minute to allow the herbs to infuse the sauce.  Pour the sauce over the tilapia and serve immediately. 

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