February 11, 2013

Tilapia in the Crockpot?!

Yes!! You better believe it. I just so happen to love Stephanie's blog,
If you want a slow cooker recipe this is the place to look. I had some frozen tilapia and I wanted to make a quick dinner without slaving in the kitchen or going to the store for. I luckily had everything on hand. I asked Mr. J to choose between this recipe
and the other tilapia recipe Stephanie has. He choose the Orange Honey Tilapia. I was kind of skeptic about it, I mean fish, honey and oranges? But oh my this was delicious!! I also made some rice noodles with a mandarin orange chili sauce. The fresh cilantro and the spicy chili sauce made the dish a perfect balance. This meal was very healthy and only took about 20 minutes to put together. Looking at the directions it looks much more time consuming than it is. I just want to make it simple as possible for you to understand.

6 tilapia filets (frozen is just fine)
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon honey
1 (10-ounce) can mandarin oranges, drained
aluminum foil
salt and pepper to taste at the table
1 cup cooked Asian Rice stick (pasta)
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons red chili paste
1 small can mandarin oranges, drained and chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Lay a length of foil on your countertop and place the fish directly in the middle. Dribble balsamic vinegar and honey over the top of each fillet, and place a handful of drained mandarin oranges on top.

Fold over foil and crimp the edges to form a packet. Put the foil packet into your slow cooker, to have one fish fillet per packet for serving, divide the sauce and the oranges. Put on the lid. Cook on high for two hours, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. If your fish was frozen, it may take another 30 minutes or so, but you should still check it after two hours. Season to taste with some salt and pepper at the table.

After the fish is done turn off slow cooker and prepare the noodles and sauce. Cook noodles according to package instructions. You can use any noodle you want i just wanted a light pasta and I love incorporating Asian noodles. In a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice and chili paste. Add mandarin oranges and cilantro and toss to combine. Pour sauce over noodles.

Serve together and enjoy. This dish is light and fresh, with just a hint of sweetness and a little spice! Even the the hubby liked it. I could tell he didn't love it but his plate was clean so it wasn't that bad. 

Mrs. J

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE tilapia, so there is no doubt in my mind that i will be trying this out in the near future!