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    Pan-Seared Tilapia With Chile Lime Butter

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    25 mins

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    GaylaJ's Note:

    Nice, fresh-tasting dish that comes together in a snap. Make it even quicker by preparing the chile lime butter ahead of time. It can be made 1 day ahead, covered and chilled. Just make sure to bring to room temperature before using. I like this served atop jasmine rice. -adapted from Gourmet

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    For chile lime butter

    For fish

    • 6 (5 ounce) skinless tilapia fillets
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste (I prefer kosher)
    • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


    1. 1
      Make chile lime butter:.
    2. 2
      Stir together butter, shallot, zest, lime juice, chile and salt in a bowl.
    3. 3
      Prepare fish:.
    4. 4
      Pat fish dry and sprinkle with salt.
    5. 5
      Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over moderately high heat until just smoking.
    6. 6
      Saute 3 pieces of fish, using a spatula to turn once, until golden and just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Transfer to a plate and saute remaining fish in same manner.
    8. 8
      Serve each piece of fish with a dollop of chile lime butter.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 02, 2010


      This recipe gave me all sorts of ideas. Due to grocery store and time restraints, I had to substitute garlic for shallots in the butter but it still turned out delicious. I also added a littl eminced garlic to the pan when searing. I took one reviewers suggestion and rubbed the fish with cumin, paprika and chili powder. Paired with a pinot grigio, it was absolutely amazing. Next time I want to add an avacado and tomato salad on top.

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    • on April 22, 2010


      I made this tonight and it was pretty good. I added extra lemon juice, plus a dash of cumin and cayenne to give it a little bit more flavor. Comes together very quick. My fish didn't really sear, I think next time I need to really dry it off.

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    • on May 28, 2007


      A simple option with a complex taste. The butter's flavour is really nice, especially if you cheat and add cilantro to it. Lovely quick and simple.

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    Nutritional Facts for Pan-Seared Tilapia With Chile Lime Butter

    Serving Size: 1 (160 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 245.7
    Calories from Fat 131
    Total Fat 14.6 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 91.2 mg
    Sodium 462.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 28.6 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    lime zest

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