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Grilled, Fried or Baked Tilapia
This recipe comes from Chef Jos Wellman (alias Tallyrand), one of the top Chefs, who is now based in New Zealand. A visit to his extensive website is well worth it if you need culinary help, especially bearing in mind that he is training the next generation of up and coming young chefs. You might also be lucky enough to catch him online for a chat.



Grilled Method
  1. Brush the rinsed fillets with lime juice and season to taste with sea salt and freshly milled pepper
  2. Place on hot grill and grill for 5 minutes per side or until easily flaked with fork, brushing on additional lime juice if desired.
Fried Method
  1. In a wide frying pan mix a little butter and virgin olive oil, so the bottom of the pan is covered
  2. Pass fillets through a little flour seasoned with sea salt and freshly milled pepper
  3. When oil is hot place the fillets into the pan and gently fry for 5 minutes per side: fillets are done when flesh is easily separated with fork. Do not overcook!
  4. Apply lemon, lime juice or vinegar if desired pears
Baked Method
  1. Place Tilapia fillets in well oiled baking pan
  2. Sprinkle with bread crumbs
  3. Baked covered at 180º C for 20 minutes or until Tilapia fillets flake when tested with a fork.
  4. Serve over wild rice and with your favourite sauce: tartare, hollandaise etc or with lime wedges

Chef's Note
The essence of good fish cooking is to always remove from pan etc when it is 3/4's cooked and allow it to finish cooking on the (hot) serving plate while you are presenting, garnishing, finishing the sauce etc. This way the fish will not overcook and become dry

Sea salt is essential (in my opinion) for seasoning, depending on the salt it can have flowery overtones, violets, roses etc.