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.

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Ingredients
• 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

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Preparation

Fried Tilapia Fish

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Pour blended herbs (marinade) on the fish and rub all over and inside the fish. Leave to marinade for 20 minutes.
  4. 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.
  5. Place fried fish in a bowl lined with paper towel to drain any excess oil.

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Stewed tomato sauce

  1. Blend half of all bell peppers, 1 cup of water, and habanero pepper with the tin tomato sauce.
  2. Julienne or cut in into long strips, half of all the bell peppers and the left over onions.
  3. Heat 1 cup of canola oil, you can use the oil used to fry the fish.
  4. Add the onions and sauté for about 1 minute, add washed smoked turkey, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the bell pepper strips, stir for 1 minute. Add the blended bell pepper sauce and stir.
  6. Season with salt,curry power,dry thyme and chicken bouillon
  7. 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) .

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