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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Italian Dressing Tilapia

Not the most innovative of recipe names, but the end result is good. Tilapia and Italian dressing may sound like a strange combination, but it makes for a quick and light meal that fills you up.

Prep time: 20-25mts, Serving: 1

1tbsp oil
1/2 small onion chopped
1 tilapia
1/2lb spaghetti
1 pat butter
2-3tbsp Italian dressing
Hot sauce to taste
Lemon juice to taste
Salt to taste
Black pepper
Cayenne pepper

1. Boil spaghetti per instructions on the box.
2. Season the tilapia (whole) with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
3. Heat the oil in a pan and saute the onions to a light brown. Push them to the side of the pan and add the tilapia to the pan. Add a pat of butter as the fish cooks.
4. Flip the tilapia and add the Italian dressing, hot sauce and lemon juice. Once the fish cooks through, add the spaghetti to coat it in the sauce and heat everything through.

The tanginess from the Italian dressing and lemon juice plays off well against the mild sweetness from the slightly caramelized onion.

You can avoid the butter, but it adds a hint of richness that this otherwise light meal appreciates.

PS - the attempt was to keep the tilapia whole, but, obviously, mine ended up in pieces. Oops! ;) And that's less than 1/2 lb spaghetti since I'm trying to cut back on the excess carbs (I say this after eating a slice of the lightest, fluffiest cake I've ever made).

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