Quick and easy tilapia recipes, when pan-fried and served with spiced brown rice and a salad, becomes a meal fit for a king. And it's super quick to prepare!
Prep Time 20minutes
Cook Time 40minutes
Total Time 1hour
Author Stephanie Stiavetti
For the spiced brown rice
1cuplong-grain brown rice
2cupswaterminus 2 tablespoons
For the easy tilapia
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground black pepper
2tablespoonsfresh thyme leaves
Make the spiced brown rice
Rinse brown rice under cold water for 1 minute to remove all the excess starch.
Add water to a medium sized pot, and bring to a boil. Add salt and spices, then rinsed rice, and cover. Lower heat to medium-low and let rice cook for 35-40 minutes. Keep an eye on it the last 5 minutes to make sure it’s not burning.
Remove from heat and fluff with a fork. Serve with butter.
Make the tilapia
Lay both pieces of the Tilapia down on a plate and sprinkle with sea salt — now is not the time to be liberal, so be gentle. Repeat with the pepper and thyme. Flip them over and season the other side.
Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat, giving it a few minutes to heat up completely. Add olive oil cook until it shimmers. Add 1 tilapia fillet to the pan and set a timer for 3 minutes, making sure you have a good sear on the fillet before you flip it over.
When the timer goes off, flip the fish over and set the timer for another 2 1/2 minutes. When the timer goes off, check the thickest part of the fish for doneness by poking it with the corner of your spatula – you should see no translucent pink flesh. If the fish is not cooked through, check every 30 seconds for doneness.
Remove fish from pan and repeat with second fillet. Fish can be kept on a plate in a warm oven to prevent it getting cold.
Sprinkle lightly with lemon juice and serve with brown rice and a nice green salad.