Happy New Year!! In keeping things healthy, especially after all those rich holiday indulgences, I wanted to keep this dish light, and to show ways you can showcase flavor without loads of butter and oil. Don't get me wrong, I am not at all shy in displaying my adoration of butter but, sometimes I think it is a little too easy to turn to these flavor enhancers, rather than taking a little extra care to enrich meals with the natural flavors of the ingredients we are using.
A vegetable I love is freshly green beans, steamed crisp tender so, as a side dish for my Lemon Steamed Tilapia, it was a no brainer that my Green Beans with Roasted Bell Peppers, Garlic and Mushrooms would be perfect.
My favorite seasoning for fish is with a mixture of spices I feel resembles the flavors of OLD BAY® which I do not always have on hand. By lightly seasoning each fillet before steaming them over a bed of lemon slices creates amazingly flavorful fish without over powering the natural flavor of the tilapia.
2 fresh tilapia fillets
one lemon, thinly sliced
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pimenton
salt & freshly ground black pepper
Start by lining your steamer with lemon slices, spreading them out to ensure the tilapia fillets will sit evenly on top. Mix together the spices and sprinkle evenly on each side, then lay them on top of the lemon slices and steam until cooked through and flaky, about 15 to 20 minutes.