Fried or Baked Tilapia
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.
- Brush the rinsed
fillets with lime juice and season to taste
with sea salt and freshly milled pepper
- Place on hot
grill and grill for 5 minutes per side or
until easily flaked with fork, brushing on
additional lime juice if desired.
- In a wide frying
pan mix a little butter and virgin olive oil,
so the bottom of the pan is covered
- Pass fillets
through a little flour seasoned with sea salt
and freshly milled pepper
- 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!
- Apply lemon,
lime juice or vinegar if desired pears
- Place Tilapia
fillets in well oiled baking pan
- Sprinkle with
- Baked covered
at 180º C for 20 minutes or until Tilapia
fillets flake when tested with a fork.
- Serve over wild
rice and with your favourite sauce: tartare,
hollandaise etc or with lime wedges
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,