Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ginger Scallion Tilapia & Faux Fried Rice



I had a craving for fried rice the other night and decided to make a healthier version.  That idea didn't mesh too well with the tilapia recipe I had planned on using so I decided to try an Asian inspired version to go with the rice.  Two test recipes in one night?!?  I must have been feeling brave.  Luckily they both turned out great, so we didn't starve ;)


The rice takes longer to cook, so I would suggest stating with that.  Once the rice is simmering you can start the tilapia :)

Faux Fried Rice Ingredients:
1/2 Tsp Sesame Oil
1/4 Cup Diced Onion
1 Carrot (peeled and diced)
3 TBS Low Sodium Soy Sauce
1/2 Cups Long Grain Brown Rice
Water (check the rice packaging for water to rice ratio I used 2 1/4 cups of water)
1/2 Cup Frozen Peas
2 Scallions (chopped)


Directions:
Heat the sesame oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium high heat.  Add the onion and carrot.  Saute (stirring often) until the onion becomes translucent.  Add the rice and stir.  Add the water and 1 TBS of the soy sauce.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and reduce heat.  You'll need to check the rice package for cooking times based on the rice you are using.  Mine needed to simmer for 40 minutes.  Then I removed the sauce pan from the heat and let it sit (covered) for another ten minutes.  While the rice was sitting for ten minutes I removed the marinating tilapia from the fridge and started cooking it (see directions below).  When the rice is completely cooked add in the peas, scallions and the last 2 TBS of soy sauce.  Cover and let sit for a minute or two so that the heat from the rice will defrost the peas :)



Ginger Scallion Tilapia Ingredients:
2 Tilapia Fillets (4 to 6 oz. each)
4 TBS Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 TBS Lime Juice
1 TBS Rice Vinegar
1/2 TBS Mirin (optional)
1 1/2 Tsp Ground Ginger
1/8 Tsp Ground Black Pepper
4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
2 Scallions (chopped)
1/4 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
Toasted Sesame Seeds (optional)

Directions:
Combine soy sauce, lime juice, rice vinegar, mirin, ginger, black pepper, minced garlic, scallions and crushed red pepper in a shallow dish.  Rinse and pat the tilapia fillets dry.  Place in the shallow dish turning a few times to coat in the marinade.  Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes (turning the fillets over once half way through the marinating time).

 
Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot (when it starts to rippled) use a spatula to spread it around the skillet.  Place the fillets in the skillet and cook for 2-4 minutes per side (depending on the thickness of the fillets).  Tilapia is a very flaky fish, so you'll want to leave it alone until you are ready to flip it over.  Once the fillets are cooked through remove from the skillet and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and more chopped scallion.
 
Today I decided to scramble one egg and one egg white and add it in to the leftover faux fried rice.  I topped it with some chili garlic sauce and more scallions.  It was really good, and SO filling.  You could also add stir fried chicken, shrimp, and/or veggies.
 

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