Sautéed Tilapia with Capers
Tilapia is a staple fish in our household. Not only is it relatively inexpensive it is quite delicious if you prepare it in the way I am about to share with you. This dish is deliciously tangy with the hit of capers you get with each mouthful. I often make this during the week for a healthy and flavorful end to the day.
Capers come from a perennial plant that bears edible flower buds. They are used mostly in seasonings and are usually consumed pickled which gives a punch of flavor to the dish. The caper sauce that this fish is swimming in tastes delectable and straight from a five star restaurant. We think it does anyway! It is a must try.
4 tilapia filets
3.5 oz capers
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp butter
salt and pepper, to taste
Start by preparing your tilapia fillets. Place flour in shallow baking dish. Sprinkle fillets with salt and pepper and then dredge filets in flour. Shake off the excess. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat then add olive oil. Increase heat to medium high and add two fillets. Sauté about 3 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Add last two fillets and repeat. Remove fillets from pan and add stock. Bring to a boil and cook about 2 minutes until sauce has reduced down. Remove from heat and add butter and capers, along with their brine. Stir to combine. Pour sauce over fillets, squeeze fresh lemon juice over top and serve.
I served the tilapia with fresh roasted okra. I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, poured 2 tbsp of olive oil, sprinkled some of my secret ingredient (McCormick's Grill Mates), and roasted for about 10-15 minutes. Quick, easy, and delicious side dish!