Free-for-All Friday: Lemon-Garlic Tilapia with Rice, Spinach and Spicy Lemon Green Beans

Remember when I said endorphins gave me creativity? I meant it.

They also make you happy and happy people don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t! (You’re in luck, Max!)

So I told you I was making fish and here I am to share with you all what I did and how it turned out. (hint: it was da bomb!)

I don’t really have a recipe for you because I just threw stuff together without taking note of how much I used. I’ll guestimate for you and encourage you to just wing it, also.

I got two tilapia filets from the grocery store and seasoned them.

I melted about 3 Tbsp. of butter in a pan and sauteed two garlic cloves in it and squeezed in about half a lemon’s worth of juice.

I poured that over the fish, topped each filet with two slices of lemon and stuck it in the oven at 375 degrees until done (10 min? 15? I have no idea how long it took.)

Meanwhile, I cooked up a serving of jasmine rice that I made with veggie stock instead of water and I threw in some petit haricot verts into a pan with EVOO, garlic, lots of red pepper and salt and pepper. Once the green beans were cooked through, I squeezed a couple teaspoons of fresh lemon juice over them (*Note: this will change their color from bright green to browny-green. Don’t be put off by this. They taste GREAT with lemon juice.)

When the fish was done, I threw a whole box of spinach into a pan that had EVOO, garlic and sriracha. I tossed to coat and then put the lid on top to wilt it for about a minute. When it was done, I gave it a generous splash of balsamic vinegar.

Then I simply put a pile of rice on the plate, topped that off with spinach and topped THAT off with the filet. I served the green beans on the side and scarfed.

huzzah!

Layers

The whole dish had a nice level of spice, thanks to the red pepper flakes and sriracha and the lemon added a nice brightness. It’s a repeat offender, for sure.

Have you guys thought up of any great fish dishes lately? Share them with me below!

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I am a 26-year-old journalist who loves food and blogging about it.

Posted on March 30, 2012, in Fish, Food for Thought, Recipes, Side Dishes and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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