What's Tilapia you're probably wondering? Well it's a mellow white fish that is sustainably farmed which means its easy to come across and you can eat it knowing you are doing your part for the Earth! I came across this recipe through a friend, Amy (well technically she's my sister's friend, but I've commandeered her into being my friend too!)
Cilantro and Ginger Tilapia
What You'll Need
1 lb Tilapia (I used about 3 fillets)
salt and pepper
3 cloves of garlic
1 inch fresh ginger
1 jalapeño pepper (optional)
1/3 cup cilantro
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tbl soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
Heat your oven to 475 F (hawt!) Pat the fish dry and season with salt and pepper. Lay the fish in a clear baking dish - I used a glass Pyrex baking dish.
Mince the garlic, jalapeño and chop the cilantro. Put into a medium sized bowl. The original recipe says to grate the ginger. A lot of recipes say to grate the ginger. I feel that grating the ginger is always such a disaster....so I minced it. Pour in the sesame oil (my new favourite thing), soy sauce & white wine.
Again the recipe says to blend this in a food processor. I like chunks. So I just whisk everything all together and let the flavours meld without pureeing in.
Pour the mixture over the fish. Bake for 8-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish.
To go with the fish I made a Fake Rice Pilaf! I love fake things! Start with your rice, mine is brown, and make it according to the package directions. Do not add salt or butter! Instead put in a teaspoon or two of vegetable or chicken stock with the rice. Then I minced up a shallot, some matchstick carrots and celery.
Toss these in the pot half way through the cooking time of the rice. Allow the rice to continue cooking until the water is absorbed and the vegetables are softened.
Pour some of the sauce from the fish over your rice and enjoy!
It's soooooo good. I don't know if I love the jalapeno's - they add something that doesn't work with the over all asian flavours. But that's totally your call!