I love nothing more than going out to dinner, but ever since we spent all of our life’s savings (only slight exaggeration) on food in Hawaii, I’ve been trying to cook more at home. I’m always looking for recipes that are easy, healthy, and cheap, and this one totally fits the bill. Tilapia is not very pricey, and it’s relatively good for you. Also, walnuts are way healthy, or so I hear. I don’t know, guys. I’m not Prevention magazine, you know? I’m not going to start talking to you about Vitamin E. Basically, this tastes good and it’s quick and it (probably) isn’t going to make you die any sooner than you would otherwise.
I found this recipe from A Beautiful Mess, but I subbed in walnuts for pecans because that’s what I happened to have. Still great! It looks a little weird in the picture, but that’s no fault of the fish. It was dark outside, I had to deal with the gross overhead light, and H. had already loaded his plate up with an ungodly amount of rice. What can I say; the man loves carbs. We served this with roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, but I think some sauteed green beans or a simple salad would be great, too.
(adapted from A Beautiful Mess)
2 tilapia fillets
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
3-4 cloves garlic
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup walnuts
salt and pepper
Mince the garlic and set aside.
In a food processor or blender finely chop the walnuts.
Prepare three plates, one with flour, one with the egg whisked in with a tablespoon water, and one with chopped walnuts.
Season your fillets with salt and pepper.
Dip each fillet in the flour (coating both sides) then in the egg and then in the walnuts. Set the prepared fish aside. It’s going to look kind of gross.
In a large pan heat the olive oil over medium. Cook the garlic for 1-2 minutes, until it begins to become very fragrant.
Now lay in the tilapia fillets and reduce to heat to medium/low. Cook on each side for 3-4 minutes (note: my filets were actually a lot thicker, so I had to cook them longer. Just cut into the filet after 3-4 minutes on each side to check for doneness)
Remove to a plate and be sure to scoop out any leftover garlic butter bits to lay on top of the fillets.
Super easy, super quick, super delicious! I feel like I should show you guys a more appetizing picture, so here’s what it looked like on A Beautiful Mess.
See? Much better. Apparently “being a good photographer” makes a big difference.