Do you like fish? I love fish. But only non-fishy fish. If it’s fishy tasting, it’s not good fish, right?! I grew up eating fresh fish that we’d catch out of Lake Temiskaming–a lake I lived on in the summer. Now that was good fish! So, I’m kind of picky about fish. A fish snob you might say. And I love tilapia. Especially pan-fried with butter and lemon. Cooking it in butter browns it nicely and the lemon adds some zing. It’s hard to mess this dish up. Simple and delicious.
Basic Pan-Fried Tilapia
Author: Two Thirds Cup
Serves: Serves 2
- 2 tilapia filets, fresh or thawed
- 2 Tbsp pastured butter
- dash unrefined sea salt
- dash pepper
- ½ fresh lemon
- Rinse filets in cold water and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Melt butter in a pan over medium-low heat.
- Place fish filets in pan.
- Cover with a lid and cook for 5 minutes or until underside is browned.
- Flip tilapia and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Cook uncovered for another 5 minutes or until underside is browned.
*It’s a good idea to buy your tilapia somewhere like Whole Foods Market or another conscientious retailer. Some tilapia farmers use unsanitary and unhealthy practices to produce their fish, which results in a very low-quality product. Read about tilapia and Whole Foods Quality Standards for Aquaculture. Do you know of other good places to buy tilapia? Please share!
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