Monday, December 18, 2006

Tilapia with wild rice

Fish and rice are wonderful ...I love fish and always look to making fish in different ways -baked, broiled, poached, fried , cooked in foil ...different herbs, marinades etc .Ofcourse there's always so many different kinds of fish availabe to choose from-salmon, tilapia, sea bass, catfish, mahi mahi, snapper, cod ..the list goes on and on .

This time I chose Tilapia..which is a fresh water fish and takes on new flavors easily .Tilapia species are native to Africa and the Levant (for example the sea of Galilee, where according to legend Jesus used it to feed the 5000, resulting in the nickname St. Peter's fish).

Wild rice also called Indian Rice, Water Rice, or Water Oats is considered a delicacy, has long been an important food of North American Indians and wild rice is not related to, related to rice (Oryza sativa). I once ate cornish hen with wild rice and was inspired to cook it more often or atleast try it a couple of times . So without further ado , lets start cooking .

You need
2 tilapia fillets !
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil for marinade
Olive oil to pan fry
black pepper
salt to taste
chopped corriander

1 cup wild rice
3 cups water or chicken broth
salt to taste
seasoning to taste (Maggi Chicken Flavored Bouillon )

This is how you make it
Marinate the tilapia fillets in olive oil and lemon juice. Add salt ,black pepper , chopped corriander and set aside for 15-20 minutes.

Cooking the rice
Wash 1 cup uncooked wild rice thoroughly. Add to 3 cups boiling water or chicken stock(I use chicken stock for extra flavor) , salted and seasoned to taste(add maggi chicken seasoning according to taste), in a saucepan. Return water to boil and stir. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 50-60 minutes or just until kernals puff open. Uncover and fluff with table fork. This will give you 3-4 cups of cooked wild rice.

Now , heat some olive oil or any other oil in the pan and pan fry the fish so that the it turns brown on both sides and flaky .Take care not to move the fish in the pan or it will break .

Your tilapia is now ready. Serve it on top of a bed of fragrant wild rice. Add salsa for that extra zing and enjoy .


tony said...

hey !!!! Was good to see you on orkut :).. Sorry I couldn't recognize you .....

Just saw u on last profile visitors and just couldn't remember whether u were from the Food circle or the other blog circle :) :)

Will add u tonite... no orkut from work :)

Meenal Mehta said...

hey tony ,

yes i belong to the food circle, i had no clue you were on orkut

liberalfoodie said...

Tilapia's such a wonderful well rounded fish that compliments anything. Great idea with the rice.... will definitely try it sometime...

SUPRIYA said...

yeh wild rice milta kahan hai ?
btw i noticed you on orkut on some common friends profile (from seattle)
btw your kebab recipe has been a major hit at all my parties this past summer

Meenal Mehta said...

hi liberal foodie

thanks for visiting and yeah tilapia is very takes on flavors readily ...good luck for the india trip

Meenal Mehta said...

hey supriya ,

wild rice is easily available in super markets in the exotic food section..try asian foods ...

do you live in seattle? maybe we should meet soem time..its good to know my recipe for kebabs worked well for you..i tried leaving a comment on your profile but couldnt ..

Tarun said...

Looks good but I am veg. so can't try this. Me too do lots of experiment with foos and most of the time it turns out yummy. Good to see you blogging again.

marlee said... mouths watering....will try the fish when i get back home. dont think i'll get the wild rice in Guwahati though. great to see u regularly the bye, i accidently deleted ur instructuions in orkut, for the mustard sauce for teh devilled eggs. Can you give it to me again? :)

Meenal Mehta said...

hey tarun,

good to know that your recipes turn out yummy..i will post some vegetarian recipes soon

Meenal Mehta said...

hey Marlee,

will send u the recipe...take care

priya S&S said...

Good to have u back after a loooooooong time Meenal !

I have seen wild rice in grocery store here in Arkansas , but they are dark brown in color. This looks light brown !

Meenal Mehta said...

hi priya ..

thanks for visiting ..try the dark brown ones..they should turn out fine the way wild rice is not rice has a bunch of different looking grains ..

dolphinstate said...

fish lover here too! i am open to explore different fish recipes but some of my easy-to-prepare favorites is fried fish and sweet and sour fish. i wrote the other day about my simple fish meal:
ill add ur blog in my fave list

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