I was shopping for groceries in a popular multinational grocery store, and of course being a sea food fanatic, found myself in the sea food section. There were many types and species of sea food, from the very weird to the common and familiar. I was tempted to buy and tryout a shark recipe but on a second thought, since this was going to be the first sea food recipe for my readers, I decided to stick to something familiar. However, I still have shark and octopus recipes in mind, so stay tuned!. For now, let us dive into fried tilapia fish with stewed tomato sauce. I usually sear or bake my fish but with tilapia especially, I prefer it fried.
• 1 whole tilapia fish
• Canola oil (alternatively use olive or vegetable oil)
• 4 pieces of smoked turkey for the smoked flavor (alternatively, use smoke bacon or smoked fish)
• Fresh Thyme
• Fresh Basil
• Fresh Chives (alternatively use green onions)
• 2 cloves of garlic
• Ginger (see picture)
• 1 medium size red onion
• 1 red bell pepper, 2 orange bell peppers, 1 yellow bell pepper and 1 green bell pepper
• 1 small canned tomato sauce (alternatively, 2 medium size fresh tomatoes)
• 1 small habanero pepper (optional)
• 1 tsp curry powder
• 1 tsp dry thyme
• Salt, black pepper,2 knorr chicken bouillon cubes
Fried Tilapia Fish
- Wash and clean tilapia fish. Usually pre-cleaned in the store, if not, wash and clean thoroughly. Put 4 knife slits on both sides of the fish for flavors to penetrate into the fish.
- Blend washed chives, basil, thyme, half of the onion, garlic, ginger, 1 bouillon cube, a pinch of salt with a 1/2 cup of water. Add 1/2 cup of canola oil and blend to a creamy consistency. Taste for flavor.
- Pour blended herbs (marinade) on the fish and rub all over and inside the fish. Leave to marinade for 20 minutes.
- Fry fish in heated oil in a deep fryer, wok or a deep pan large enough to deep fry the whole fish. Fry fish for about 15 minutes or till cooked and flip over once while frying.
- Place fried fish in a bowl lined with paper towel to drain any excess oil.
Stewed tomato sauce
- Blend half of all bell peppers, 1 cup of water, and habanero pepper with the tin tomato sauce.
- Julienne or cut in into long strips, half of all the bell peppers and the left over onions.
- Heat 1 cup of canola oil, you can use the oil used to fry the fish.
- Add the onions and sauté for about 1 minute, add washed smoked turkey, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add the bell pepper strips, stir for 1 minute. Add the blended bell pepper sauce and stir.
- Season with salt,curry power,dry thyme and chicken bouillon
- Allow to cook for 10-15 minutes.
Serve stewed tomato sauce over fish with boiled rice (jasmine rice) and your favorite steamed vegetable (green beans) .