Ready in 30 minutes
Tilapia is such a bland fish, it really needs to go with a sauce. This one plays nice with all the flavors.
"This was delicious. I don't think you really need that much flour though, wasted too much. I didn't have any brandy, so I put about a large pinch of brown sugar. I also used shallots instead, which was delicious because the shallots absorbed the lemon juice. I didn't go by measurement for lemon juice, I just added as needed while cooking. Don't be afraid to taste everything as you make it. :)"- shortcakehugs
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Place flour in a plate and set aside.
Rince and pat fish fillets with a paper towel, season both sides of fillet with salt and pepper and let stand until fillets are glistening with moisture, about 5 minutes.
Make the White Wine Sauce -- do it now while the fish is resting. (Following are the directions for the sauce)
Coat the Fish: Coat both sides of fillet with flour and shake off excess and place them on a separate plate or paper towel, preferably in one single layer.
Sauté the Fish: Heat 2 Tablespoons of the Olive Oil, 2 Tbl lemon juice, and 2 Tbl Butter over high heat in a large non-stick skillet until oil is shimmering, but not smoking. Place the fillets in a single layer and immediately reduce heat to medium-high.
** Depending on the size of your skillet and the amount of fish your making, you'll have to add more butter and lemon juice and saute the fillets in batches.
Without moving the fish, sauté for 2 to 3 minutes on each side and until the edges of fillet are opaque and bottoms are lightly browned. Use the "fish spatula" to gently flip fillets.
At the last minute of cooking, pour the sauce over the fish to warm it up. Serve immediately.
White Wine and Lemon Basil Sauce
1 tablespoon Olive Oil with some lemon juice (5 drops) added.
1 Small Yellow Onion, cut diagonally, to form rings.
1/2 cup white wine
2 Tbl brandy (plain)
2 tablespoons butter
5 or 6 leaves fresh Basil, cut crosswise with scissors to make thin strips.
4 Tbl lemon juice
In a sauce pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the Olive Oil over medium heat.
Sauté onions until softened and beginning to color, about 1 1/2 minutes
Add wine and brandy, increase heat to high and bring to boil, boil until reduced to 1/4 cup -- about 3-5 minutes. Remove sauce pan from burner and pour into another container, such as a bowl or a 4 cup measuring cup.
Whisk in butter and Basil – and the lemon juice.
Set aside and keep warm until the fish is done.
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kathyegignac 2 months agoDelicious! I'm not a fan of fish but this one is wonderful!
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andreskris 6 months agoLooks and smells good! Can't wait to try it!
Redturtle 6 months agoWas good and easy. I always tweak the recipe though.
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bbrandenburg10 8 months agoAwesome, easy to prepare and great with rice!
4jeanne 9 months agoThis was fantastic! My husband loved it, easy to follow the recipe! Truly a great dish, I was worried I didn't have brandy so I used sherry and it was great!
rhiannonjackson 10 months agoAbsolutely tasty, use a good wine and it will turn out really good. I added some mini Portobello mushrooms and orange Bell peppers in the same skillet to cook the fish in just a few minutes before adding the fish and then pushed them to the side to continue cooking along side the fish. It was a really good addition and then we ate it over rice! Yum!
Indama 10 months agoI always get the ingredients ready and then start follow the instructions ! Well, This time Didn't work so good because first should be the sauce preparation and then the fish!!!! I guess the receipt is good but the way they wrote here is not good.
Kym1 11 month agoYummy !!!
wendybluestone 1 year agoI made a mistake by having it ready before people were ready so it didn't get eaten immediately. I did not like how the onions tasted. None of my family enjoyed it.However it looked stunning!
Swaybell 1 year agoWas delicious! I added chopped tomatoes just because I love them with basil!! And left out the brandy. Turned out beautiful and very yummy over quinoa.
BobbleCook 1 year agoJust darn tasty! Light and flavorful.
Dirsa69 1 year agoGreat! Added garlic and used heavy cream. Also used shallots.... And old bay... Thanks for sharing!
Lethagood 1 year agoThis is the best tilapia recipe I ever made. I did not add the butter.
KweiseWeisrk 1 year agoI thought there was too much lemon. I will try about 1/2 the lemon next time.
lilymax4 1 year agoThe lemon was a little overpowering. The flavors just didn't come together the right way for me.
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LizzieAKA 1 year agoThis was delicious! Easy,simple but so tasty! Topped it on noodles and added sautéed sliced portabella mushrooms on top. The whole family loved it.