Friday, April 8, 2011

Something Fishy Going On

I absolutely love seafood, but have always been hesitant to make it myself. However, after trying this recipe from Food Network Magazine, I am more open to trying to prepare seafood more often. This recipe has a lot of steps (and unfortunately dirties a lot of dishes) but it is really tasty. I will definitely try this recipe again!

Tilapia Milanese (Modified from Food Network Magazine, March 2011)

What you need…

  • 4 6-oz tilapia fillets
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • Finally grated zest of ½ lemon, plus lemon wedges for serving
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter

What to do…

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Soak the fish in a bowl with the milk and 2 cups ice for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, mix the flour with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Lightly beat the eggs in another dish. Mix the panko, parsley, lemon zest and ½ teaspoon salt in a third dish.
  2. One at a time, remove the fillets from the milk and dredge them in the flour, shaking off the excess. Dip in the eggs, then coat with the breadcrumbs, gently pressing to coat both sides. Transfer to a large plate.
  3. Line a baking sheet with foil. Heat 2 tablespoons each olive oil and bitter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 fillets and cook until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 2 fillets, adding 2 more tablespoons each olive oil and butter. Transfer the fish to the oven and bake until cooked through, about 8 minutes. 
Soaking in milk

Breaded and ready to go into the pan

Here goes nothing!

Golden brown and delicious