Monday, September 6, 2010

Tilapia with Peppers and Olives

Tilapia with Peppers and Olives

Does fish and veggies fill you up?  Even though the pictures in the magazines the fish topped with a lovely assortment of veggies looks so pretty and healthy, I view it with a critical eye.  Fish and veggies alone is like an appetizer for me.  I need something more.  Something starchy, something with a little oomph to it. 

So, when I saw this recipe, Tilapia with Peppers and Olives from, where else, Real Simple, I immediately started thinking about what I would serve it over.  I settled on quinoa flavored with a little preserved lemons and a fresh bay leaf.  I think some thin sliced pan-fried or roasted potatoes would have been good too.  This was fresh, healthy and a great way to use the bounty of bell peppers that some of you may be enjoying.  Love this “in season” eating!

Tilapia with Peppers and Olives

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 6-ounce tilapia fillets
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup pitted green olives
  • 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Season the fish with 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper and cook until opaque throughout, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

    Meanwhile, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a second large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the peppers and onion, stirring often, until tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the olives, parsley, lime juice, and 1⁄4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the fish.  (Given my dislike for multiple pans, I didn’t use a second skillet, I just put the fish on a platter, covered with foil and cooked up the peppers in the same skillet.)

    Serves 4


    This will be my entry for Two For Tuesdays!



    Big Dude said...

    Looks like a delicious and healthy meal - great pic.

    Joanne said...

    I'm with you. A thin fillet of tilapia is just not going to fill me up. Especially not after a gym workout, which is usually when I eat dinner. Great meal and love the quinoa addition!

    Lea Ann said...

    You are making me feel guilty. You're eating alot healther than I am right now. I agree, I'd be starving in an hour if all I ate was tilapia and peppers. Looks delicious tho and as always great photo.

    Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

    That is one of my favorite fishes! A great combination. Yummy!



    Mags said...

    I agree that fish and veggies alone don't stick with me very long. I love your addition of the quinoa.

    RSA Online said...

    Gosh I know how you feel. I love my healthy food don't get me wrong but sometimes I just need a bread roll or something to feel full

    Bonnie said...

    Ever since my leaf turned over, we've been eating tilapia. No kidding, I will try this recipe. Printing it off this very minute. Right up our alley.

    girlichef said...

    I would do the same thing with using the same pan...why dirty more!? This sounds delicious...I would try to pretend it fills me up...and see what happens ;) Just eat more, maybe?? LOL! Thanks for sharing it w/ t4t this week.

    Sense of Home said...

    Love tilapia, but right now I have Blue Hake in the freezer, I think I will try this recipe with that.

    I like a light dinner, if I am hungry later it gives me an excuse to eat cookies. 8-)


    the clark clan said...

    Hi Pammie and thanks for sharing this on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop. I too like Tilapia, though, I know Mark Bittman doesn't. My thoughts are, if you HATE fish like I do (and I DO! except of course sushi for some strange reason) and you find a fish that works for you, why not eat it? I also love it paired with bold flavors like this! Alex@amoderatelife

    Butterpoweredbike said...

    Having the nice fat from the olives helps to make a fish dish more substantial, too. Thanks for sharing with Two for Tuesday!

    5 Star Foodie said...

    Terrific bright and fresh flavors with the peppers and olives!

    a good yarn said...

    Is tilapia a firm fleshed fish? We don't get it Down Under.

    grace said...

    i tried tilapia once because i was told that if i was ever gonna like fish, tilapia would be the one. guess what--i'm never gonna like fish. :)

    Christy said...

    I don't cook a ton of fish but I do love tilapia for its mild taste - yours sounds delicious! thanks for linking to Two for Tues.

    Reeni said...

    I love fish but I am always hungry an hour later! This looks so very good - and the quinoa is perfect.

    Chris said...

    Well it's not filling for me, but that is just because while I'll make it for the family, I won't eat it! :)

    Looks great though!