Garlic-Margarita Tilapia (Whitefish)

December 9, 2011 in Categories: by

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I like tilapia because it’s cheap.  But, this recipe could work equally well with any mild white fish (cod, halibut etc.).

 Ingredients (per person):

  • 1 Tbsp grass-fed butter or other good cooking oil (tallow would be great here)
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • ¼ tsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ¼ tsp lime zest
  • 1 tsp tequila
  • Paprika, to taste
  • 1 6oz fillet of tilapia

1.    Preheat oven to 350F.
2.    In a small saucepan on low heat, melt butter.  Add garlic and stir occasionally until garlic is cooked, about 5 minutes.
3.    Add tequila, thyme, and lime zest.  Cook until alcohol has burned off, about 2 minutes.  Add parsley and remove from heat.
4.    Lightly coat one side of tilapia and place herb side down on a baking sheet lined with foil.  Use remaining herb butter to more heavily coat the top side.  Dust with paprika.
5.    Bake approximately 15 minutes, until fish is opaque throughout and segments flake apart easily.  Enjoy!

Comments

It has a higher omega-6 content than other fish, but still about 1:2 omega 3 to 6, so a good ratio (it just doesn’t help balance other sources of omega-6 in your diet the way something like salmon would).

I made this for my family tonight and I rarely follow a recipe to the letter however I did here and even my small children ate a filet each! The flavors were amazing and the fish cooked perfectly in the 15 minutes as recommended.

This recipe looks delicious! Can I ask where you purchase your tilapia? Fresh/frozen? I’d like to incorporate more fish into my family’s diet, but am unsure what to look for/avoid when buying. As long as it says “wild caught,” does that mean it’s okay?

I buy frozen farmed tilapia from Costco. Generally, wild-caught is better (farmed tilapia has an omega-6 to 3 ratio of 2:1, which is good for your overall diet but doesn’t help balance other dietary sources of omega-6 the way wild seafood or even farmed salmon would). I’m not anti farmed fish, although I buy wild-caught the vast majority of the time, and it is worth doing a little research to make sure the company you buy from farms fish sustainably.

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