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What an awesome fish I made last night!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Eric Perry, Mar 18, 2014.

  1. Last night, the girl was bugging me to make dinner. It was a long day at work, and I was not up for going to the store, so I threw something together from what I had lying around, and the fish I made is one of the best things I have ever made. I had to share. I had frozen tilapia filets in the freezer, and a small bag of frozen salad shrimp, so I decided to make stuffed tilapia. I don't have a "recipe", because I just threw stuff together, but I encourage the cooks/chefs here to try this out, if you like seafood...

    For a marinade, I mixed roughly equal parts of mayo and dijon mustard, along with some chopped garlic and shallot, some white wine (Pinot), and a decent squirt of sriracha. Season to taste.

    I marinaded the filets for maybe two hours.

    For a stuffing, I mixed lightly food processed the shrimp, along with more thoroughly food processed Ritz crackers (think panko). I tossed that in a pan with finely chopped shallot, garlic, and a red pepper that was lightly sauteed in olive oil and then drowned in more white wine. Mixed it up into a good consistency stuffing. As above, season to taste.

    I pulled the filets from the marinade, and lightly patted them dry. Save that marinade!

    Put a dollop of stuffing in each filet and rolled them up, using toofpicks to secure the rolled little guys. I put them in a baking dish and drizzled a little of the marinade over each one. Baked uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes or so.

    While that was going down, I reduced the marinade to a good sauce-like consistency over medium heat.

    When the fish was done, I plated, and drizzled the marinade/sauce over each one. Sprinkled some fresh chopped parsley over each one. I served with steamed green beans I got from the same farmer's market I scored the above red pepper from.

    Tellin' ya, this was an AMAZING dish!!
  2. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    I read the title, and was expecting some rad arts and crafts content :meh:
  3. Tituscrow

    Tituscrow Banned

    Feb 14, 2011
    NW England
  4. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Cool, you should try with fresh fish instead of frozen.
  5. I always cook with fresh when possible. I like having frozen stuff available for when I'm too lazy to go to the store though. :)

    That being said, from what I understand almost all seafood bought was frozen at one point (unless you live very close to the waters). With that being the case, I've always been led to believe frozen fish is many times fresher than the stuff that's not frozen, as it was usually flash frozen quickly after being caught, and stayed frozen right up until cooking time. At least that's what Alton Brown taught me. ;)
  6. Haha! Had I the time or energy I would sig this

    I'm feelin kinda snarky today...must...resist....
  7. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    Sorry bro, but I suspect this was mostly terrible. I don't like fish or any other creature that lives in the water.

  8. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    This is TB, you are among friends, snark away you rat bastard you. :p
  9. :D
  10. Hmmm. I never realized you were a terrorist before. ;)
  11. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
  12. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I don't know what that is, but it doesn't look appetizing.

  13. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Ha! Me, too. The photochoppers must be summoned!
  14. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Ima gonna resist the shenanigans and comment on the actual topic - that sounds freakin' delicious. I'm coming to your house next time I'm close.
  15. You're very welcome, my friend.
  16. bassinplace


    Dec 1, 2008
    I hate mayonnaise, but other than that it sounds awesome. I'll have to try it sometime!
  17. It didn't taste at all like mayo. Just super creamy goodness.
  18. Bloodhammer

    Bloodhammer Twinkle Twinkle Black Star

    Jul 7, 2009
    Shreveport, Louisiana
    I might just have to try that.

    I don't know if you like fried catfish, but if so, have you ever coated the fillets in mustard before dredging them in the spiced cornmeal/fish fry mix?
  19. Love catfish. I have had it like that actually. Fried catfish in any form is fishy goodness! :D