My son has always paid me the biggest compliments when it comes to cooking which is nice because my husband has been the worst at compliments. So, they even each other out…kinda’. My hubs can look at food and say “Nope, I won’t like it” without even tasting it. Who the heck does that? If I ever say something is husband approved, you best try that recipe because it’ll probably be knock-your-socks-off-good!!
My son and I like fish cooked different ways, the hubs only deep-fried. I made this on a day (over a year ago) that it was just Derek and I at home, so we could enjoy it without hearing, “That looks gross” or “Your actually going to eat that?” Lol! We both thought this recipe was excellent. As in I’d order it in a restaurant excellent.
So, let’s cook…
Tilapia with Chile Lime Butter
For the butter:
1/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
1/2 T. finely chopped shallot
1/2 t. finely grated lime zest
1 t. fresh lime juice
1/2 t. minced fresh Thai or serrano chile, including seeds
1/4 t. salt
For the fish:
1 T. vegetable oil
1/4 t. salt
4 tilapia fillets
Stir together butter, shallot, zest, lime juice, chili and salt in a bowl. (I added some chopped cilantro to the butter also).
Pat dry the fillets and sprinkle with salt. Heat oil in a non-stick skillet over moderately high heat until just smoking, then saute the fillets, turning over once with a spatula until golden brown and just cooked through (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a plate.
Serve each warm fillet with a dollop of chili lime butter. Garnish with cilantro leaves.
Served with italian green beans as a side.
Tip: Extra chili butter…use it on corn on the cob 🙂 (If you’re like me though, there will be no extra).
Update: I had to make this dish again 1) because it’s so good and 2) because I needed pictures. I was leary, but I did ask my husband if he’d like to have dinner that didn’t consist of fast food or something out of a can. He said yes and actually did not make any unruly remarks, he enjoyed it! Yes, enjoyed it. See miracles do happen people…;)
Oh, and happy first day of spring!