Sesame-Crusted Fish

"A few years ago I attended a cooking class with Tony Mantuano, the owner-chef of Tuttaposto, then a very trendy restaurant in Chicago. This was one of the recipes he showed us. A fast and tasty dish."
 
Sesame-Crusted Fish created by rpgaymer
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  • Preheat oven to 400 deg. F.
  • Heat oil in a nonstick pan.
  • Brush fillets with the egg whites and season with salt and pepper.
  • Coat thickly on one side only with the sesame seeds.
  • Saute in oil, seed side down, until golden brown.
  • Place seed side up on a cornmeal sprinkled baking pan and bake at 400 deg. until done - this will depend on the thickness of your fillets, probably will take about 5 minutes.
  • Or, you can just turn over and panfry until done.
  • Note1: Chef recommended grouper or red snapper; I've made this also with tilapia.
  • Note2: Baking is really handy if you are making a larger quantity - that way you can finish all the fillets at the same time.
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  1. rpgaymer
    I really liked this method of cooking fish. The sesame seed crust had a great nutty flavor and the crunch was nice. I used tilapia, and just pan-fried the filets since they cook so quickly. Served with Thai sweet chili sauce.
     
  2. rpgaymer
    Sesame-Crusted Fish Created by rpgaymer
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    Sesame-Crusted Fish Created by KerfuffleUponWincle
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    Sesame-Crusted Fish Created by KerfuffleUponWincle
  5. KerfuffleUponWincle
    DELICIOUS and moist! I changed it up a bit! I lightly toasted 3/4 cup sesame seeds in an iron skillet over medium heat. I beat 2 egg whites with 1 T water and 1 T olive oil, 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt, and some freshly ground pepper. I dipped 4 Tilapia fillets into the egg whites, then into the sesame seeds (both sides) ~ I skipped the pan frying and baked the fillets on a parchment paper lined pan at 425F for 11 minutes. I did not use the corn meal. Made for PRMR September 2012.
     
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