September 28, 2010

Spicy Tilapia

If you like this recipe, you can multiple the ingredients in the spice blend list and fill a small jar with spice blend. That way, you don’t have to prepare a new blend each time.

  • 1 pound of tilapia fillets
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 slices of bread (chose a variant that will readily absorb pan juices)
Spice blend
  • 3 tablespoons of paprika powder
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • 1-3 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon of celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  1. Place all the spice blend ingredients in a jar with a lid. Make sure that the lid is safely fastened before you shake the jar to mix the ingredients.
  2. Use the spice blend to coat the tilapia fillets on both sides.
  3. Leave the fish in room temperature for 15 minutes. (You can skip this stage if you’re in a hurry.)
  4. Heat up a skillet over high heat.  
  5. Add vegetable oil and heat up until its almost smoking.
  6. Place the coated tilapia fillets in the skillet and cook for 3 minutes per side. The fish is ready when it can be easily flaked with a fork.
  7. Remove the fish from the skillet and place each fillet on a slice of bread.
  8. Squeeze the lemon over the fillets.
  9. Place a slice of bread on top of each tilapia fillet. 
  10. Pour pan juice over the bread.
If you find the dish a bit too dry, you can spread sour-cream or cream cheese on the bread before you place the fillets on top.


6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups pastry flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups large fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon grated lemon rind (yellow only)
2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Limoncello
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar. Stir in eggs and mix to combine.In a separate bowl (or plastic bag), mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Stir or shake until well mixed.
Mix flour mixture gradually into butter/egg mixture along with milk.
Gently stir in remaining ingredients. (Do not overmix or bread will be tough).
Bake in a greased loaf pan (we like disposable 7 1/2" x 3 1/2" aluminum pans when taking to picnics and barbecues). Sprinkle top with coarse sugar, if desired.
Bake at 350F for 50-60 minutes. (Do not overbake or bread will be dry).
Loosen bread from pan along edges with a butter knife. Turn out and cool on wire rack. Brush top with melted butter and sprinkle with coarse sugar. Drizzle with lemon confectioners' icing.
Serving Suggestion: Sometimes we serve slices spread with whipped cream cheese.