Prep 20 mins
Cook 15 mins
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!
- 2 lbs tilapia fillets
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1⁄4 cup cornmeal
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 1 onion, vertically sliced
- 1 green pepper, cut into strips
- 1 cup cilantro, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves
- 15 ounces stewed tomatoes or 15 ounces diced tomatoes
- Chop up onion, green pepper, garlic, and cilantro and set aside.
- Mix flour, cornmeal, salt, and pepper and spread on a plate. (omit cornmeal for faster cooking time).
- Cut up each tilapia filet into 3 or 4 strips.
- Coat tilapia with the flour mixture.
- In a large frying pan, add 2 or 3 tablespoons oil and then add the fish.
- Flip over the fish when golden until both sides are cooked, adding rest of oil as needed.
- Remove fish from pan and set aside.
- Add onion, green pepper, garlic, and cilantro mixture and stir fry them in the remaining oil until onion is translucent.
- Add the tomatoes and the fish, folding the sauce over the fish gently.
- Heat through at medium temperature and serve over white rice.
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.
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!
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.