Thursday, July 15, 2010

Food 101: Dish of the month - Tilapia Fish Tacos with Arugula

Going along with the summer theme--here is the recipe I am attempting to make tomorrow evening. Its great for summer because it is light and refreshing, yet decadent (according to Giada).

I am going to spice mine up a little more by adding salmon instead of tilapia. Aren't they pretty!?

Tilapia Fish Tacos with Arugula

Wonton cups:

* 12 (3 1/4 by 3 1/4-inch square) wonton wrappers*
* 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil


* 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
* 3 tilapia fillets (about 8 ounces total), cut into 3/4-inch pieces
* Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1 avocado, halved, pitted and flesh cut into 1/2-inch cubes
* 1 mango, peeled and flesh cut into 1/2-inch cubes
* 3 green onions, finely chopped
* 3 cups coarsely chopped baby arugula


* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from about 2 limes)
* Kosher salt

Creme fraiche:

* 1/2 cup creme fraiche
* 1 tablespoon wasabi powder*
* 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


*Can be found in Asian markets

Special equipment: a 12-count nonstick muffin pan

For the wonton cups: Put an oven rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Using a pastry brush, brush each side of the wonton wrappers with canola oil. Gently press the wonton wrappers into the bottom and sides of a 12-count muffin pan. Bake until lightly golden, about 6 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes. Gently lift the wonton cups out of the pan and cool completely, about 10 minutes.

For the filling: In a large, nonstick skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Drizzle the tilapia fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Arrange the fish in a single layer in the pan and cook until the flesh is flaky and cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Set aside to cool slightly.

For the dressing: In a medium bowl, whisk together the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the lime juice. Season with salt, to taste. Add the avocado, mango, green onions, and arugula. Toss until all the ingredients are coated.

For the creme fraiche: In a small bowl, mix together the creme fraiche, wasabi powder and salt until smooth.

To assemble the tacos: Put the wonton cups on a platter and divide the avocado mixture into the cups. Top each with 3 to 4 pieces of fish. Spoon about 1 to 2 teaspoons of the creme fraiche mixture on top of the fish and serve.

Cook's Note: The wonton wrappers can burn very quickly in the oven so check them after 5 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Very nice and informative blog posting. Among all the fish, tilapia fish is Awesome! Tilapia fish farming is very profitable and easy. I like tilapia fish dish very much for it's unique taste and nutritional value.


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