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    Escabeche De Pescado (Crunchy Tilapia in Tomato Sauce)

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    35 mins

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    EmJoMay's Note:

    Another of my mother's favorite recipes. This is a great Panamanian recipe with lots of flavor that is easy to make! These amounts are approximate, so feel free to play around with amounts. I'd recommend 1 lb of tilapia for each person. As for the rice, my mom prefers minute white rice with this, but I prefer Jasmine. This goes wonderfully with Panamanian Tortillas (corn cake tortillas). This recipe can get smoky, so be sure there's plenty of ventilation!

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    1. 1
      Chop up onion, green pepper, garlic, and cilantro and set aside.
    2. 2
      Mix flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper and spread on a plate. (omit cornmeal for faster cooking time).
    3. 3
      Cut up each tilapia filet into 3 or 4 strips.
    4. 4
      Coat tilapia with the flour mixture.
    5. 5
      In a large frying pan, add 2 or 3 tablespoons oil and then add the fish.
    6. 6
      Flip over the fish when golden until both sides are cooked, adding rest of oil as needed.
    7. 7
      Remove fish from pan and set aside.
    8. 8
      Add onion, green pepper, garlic, and cilantro mixture and stir fry them in the remaining oil until onion is translucent.
    9. 9
      Add the tomatoes and the fish, folding the sauce over the fish gently.
    10. 10
      Heat through at medium temperature and serve over white rice.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 23, 2010


      Love this! So easy and tasty. I ended with added a bit salt in the end because it was too bland for me. Definitely a keeper.

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    • on June 23, 2008


      I absolutely love this recipe! I leave out the cilantro, and it is still very flavorful and filling. I can even get my 4 year old to like it! A big hit!

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    • on May 01, 2008


      This turned out really well. I was worried that a whole cup of cilantro might overpower the other ingredients, but I think it was the right amount for this recipe. The only change I might make next time is to use fresh chopped tomatoes instead of the canned (it takes a lot of cooking to get rid of the "canned" taste of stewed tomatoes). It was really good as is, too! Thanks for posting.

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    Nutritional Facts for Escabeche De Pescado (Crunchy Tilapia in Tomato Sauce)

    Serving Size: 1 (577 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 887.5
    Calories from Fat 324
    Total Fat 36.0 g
    Saturated Fat 6.5 g
    Cholesterol 227.0 mg
    Sodium 757.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 47.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.9 g
    Sugars 14.1 g
    Protein 97.4 g

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