Recipes Nugget Markets Signature Recipes
Cornmeal-Crusted Tilapia with Peach Tomato Relish
Chef de Cuisine, Vacaville
- Prep time
- 15-20 min. PT0
- Cook time
- 6-8 min PT0
- Serves 2
Try this delicious recipe using Nugget’s Tilapia labeled sustainable by the FishWise program.
- 4 fillets tilapia
- ½ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup corn meal, ground fine
- 2 heirloom tomatoes, diced medium
- 1 peach, pitted and diced medium
- 1 shallot, brunoised
- 8 basil leaves, chiffonaded
- 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
- Kosher or sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste
In a non-reactive container, put the buttermilk, tilapia, and about 2 teaspoons salt and place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
While the fish is soaking, dice up your tomatoes, shallot, peach and basil, and mix in a bowl with the rice wine vinegar; salt and pepper to taste.
Heat a large non-stick skillet on medium heat.
Place the cornmeal onto a plate or other flat container and season with salt and pepper. Dredge your tilapia in the cornmeal. When your oil starts to ripple when you shake the pan, fry the fillets for 3-4 minutes per side, or until the meat starts to flake away easily.
Serve two fillets per person with a generous heaping of peach-tomato relish.
Techniques used in this recipe:
chiffonade: leafy vegetables or herbs cut into fine shreds or thin ribbons; often used as a garnish.
- dice: to cut ingredients into small cubes (1/4 inch for small, 1/3 inch for medium, 3/4 inch for large).
- dredge: to coat food with a dry ingredient such as flour or bread crumbs.
- brunoise (Fr.): small dice; 1/8-inch cube is the standard. For a brunoise cut, items are first cut in julienne, then cut crosswise. For a fine brunoise, 1/16-inch square, cut items first in fine julienne.
- fry: to cook in fat or oil over direct heat.
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