Resolved to start eating more good-for-you fish? Tilapia is an excellent choice. It’s mild, so spice rub really stands out but isn’t overwhelming. This dish is quick-cooking and delicious with the bright slaw on the side.
Chop the garlic, sprinkle it with a pinch of salt, and mash it into a paste with the side of a chef’s knife. Finely grate the zest from half of the lime and then juice the whole lime. In a medium bowl, whisk the garlic, lime zest, 1 Tbs. of the juice, and the mayonnaise. Toss in the cabbage, scallions, and cilantro. Season with 1/4 tsp. salt and several grinds of pepper.
In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, 1/4 tsp. salt, and several grinds of pepper. Sprinkle the spice rub all over the tilapia.
Melt the butter in a 10-inch cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tilapia on both sides until browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes total for the small pieces and 5 minutes total for the large pieces. Transfer to a plate. Toss the slaw and add more lime juice, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve the tilapia with the slaw.
Serve with Southwestern Rice Pilaf on the side.
I love the cilantro slaw. It also goes fabulous with pulled pork!
Very promising. The fish was easy and delicious--I added some cayenne. The slaw leaves room for personality: I used purple cabbage, and would like less mayo in favor or "cilantro/lime". Next time I will add diced fresh mango, too.I've never made tilapia before so was pleased with how easy it was.Kids asked for more fish!
I've only made the slaw, and it was delicious. I used more lime juice and less mayonnaise, and used chipotle powder instead of black pepper, and I'd do the same again.
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