3 Things to Make With…Tilapia
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Virtually unheard of just a decade or two ago, tilapia is now one of the most popular fish in the United States. Tender, white and flaky, it’s wonderfully versatile, taking to a variety of spices and preparations. (Between its popularity and versatility, tilapia may just be well on its way to supplanting tuna as the “chicken of the sea.”)
It can be hard — and expensive — to find fresh tilapia in many parts of the country, but thankfully, if you’re looking to integrate more seafood into your diet, frozen tilapia isn’t just convenient, it’s economical, too. The best way to thaw tilapia (and most frozen fish) is to remove the fillets from their packaging, wrap them in plastic, and let them thaw slowly in the refrigerator for 8 hours or so — put ‘em in the fridge before you leave for work, and you can come home to tender fillets. Most tilapia on the market today comes from fish farms, and if you’re concerned about the environmental or health impacts of farmed fish, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program recommends looking for tilapia that’s been harvested from fish farms in the United States, which has stricter regulations than places like China or Taiwan.
A coating of Japanese-style bread crumbs makes for a tasty contrast to the tender fish, accompanied by a quick-and-easy cheesy pasta dish.
Corn, potatoes and tilapia meld perfectly in this classic seafood chowder, flavored with celery, leek and fresh thyme and given some added depth with just a bit of bacon.
Need proof of how versatile tilapia is? These fish tacos are seductively spiced with garlic, cumin and cinnamon, then topped with a eye-popping dollop of chipotle-spiced sour cream.
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