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Tilapia - The Jerky Way


Fish is an excellent choice when you're in the mood for a lighter meal. One of my favorites is Tilapia because it is not only flaky and light but is also mild in flavor and can take on just about any flavor you want to apply.

This is a simple recipe that can either be pan fried or grilled.

Ingredients...

  • Tilapia fillets - frozen or fresh - 2-3 fillets per person depending on size.
  • Jerk Seasoning Sauce - On the shelf in your local grocery store you will find a variety of Carribbean sauces ranging from mild to spicy. Theses sauces are great on fish, chicken, and veggies.
  • Flour for dusting - I use whole wheat flour.
  • Olive Oil for pan frying.

Here's how you do it...
  1. Rinse and dry your Tilapia fillets
  2. Pour a small amount of Jerk Seasoning Sauce over the fillets, rub it in to coat evenly and allow it to sit in the refrigerator for 30 min.
  3. Heat your skillet to medium.
  4. Dredge each fillet in flour shaking off any excess.
  5. Add a couple of tablespoons olive oil to the hot pan.
  6. Carefully lay the fillets onto the hot oil.
  7. Cook for approximately 2.5 minutes on each side or until browned.

This dish goes particularly well with a crisp fresh salad and steamed or grilled asparagus.

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