I’m always trying to incorporate more seafood into my weekly meal plans. Number 1) because seafood is one of my favorite things ever: and number 2) because it’s super-healthy for you! The expense is what deters me most of the time, that, and the fact that finding sustainable and environmentally friendly seafood options can be a little intimidating. Luckily, I have the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch app downloaded on my phone, which helps a lot! It’s always being updated, and gives good options for alternatives, if the type of seafood a recipe calls for is not sustainable. Tilapia is a sustainable seafood choice, plus it is relatively inexpensive, so it is one that I buy occasionally. Also, it is a very mild fish, which lends itself to much variation. I know that there is some controversy surrounding tilapia (the ratio of types of fatty acids, for example), but isn’t there controversy surrounding most foods? It’s so hard to navigate all of that, but I really do as best I can to chose foods that are sustainable, environmentally friendly, organic, fair trade, grass fed, etc… as far as my budget allows.
This recipe could be used with any mild white fish. The flavors are excellent- I pretty much love anything with the combination of ginger and garlic, and the jalapeno and cilantro make this fish even better! This is a great meal to make on a weeknight, as the prep is really simple, and the fish cooks so quickly. I served this with jasmine rice, and roasted asparagus.
Ginger and Cilantro Baked Tilapia
1 lb tilapia filets (Farmed tilapia is a sustainable seafood choice!)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1-inch fresh ginger (about 1 Tbsp)
1 jalapeno pepper, roughly chopped (optional)
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1/4 cup white wine
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
Scallions, chopped, for garnish
Extra cilantro, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Pat fish dry, and season with salt and pepper. Place in a 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish.
2. Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeno (if using), cilantro, white wine, soy sauce, and sesame oil to a small food processor. Process until blended.
3. Pour the sauce on the fish, rubbing it in a bit. Place in the oven, and bake for 10-12 minutes, until cooked through.
4. Serve immediately.