I had sizzling tilapia for the first time at a Mexican Restaurant in Crosby, Texas called Iguana Joes. I looked to see if there is a Thai version and there isn’t exactly but of sizzling seafood yes. So after researching I combined a couple together and came up with this.
- Mortar and Pestle
- 4 Tilapia Fillets Boneless if possible
For the paste
- 1 Tbsp Coriander Seeds
- 3 Tbsp Garlic Minced and fresh if possible
- 2 Tbsp Lemongrass Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Thai peppers Chopped
- 1 Tbsp Oyster Sauce
- 1 Tbsp Soy sauce Lite
- 3 Tbsp Canola oil
- 1 Cup White onion Chopped
- 1 Tsp Black pepper
- 1/2 Tsp Stevia
- 1/2 Tsp Salt
- 1/2 Cup Butter Alternative, healthier butter if possible
Toppings/ For serving
- 1 Cup Thai basil Fresh with leaves plucked off
- 1 Tsp Fish sauce
- 1 Cup Green onions Chopped
- 3 Tbsp Wine Rice or white wine
- 1 Lime Cut into thin wedges
- In a mortar with pestle or in a food processor make the paste ingredients into a paste.
- Heat the oil in the wok over medium heat.
- Stir-fry the paste until it is fragrant, then stir in the onion, some of the basil leaves, oyster sauce, soy sauce, stevia and black pepper and stir-fry until well mixed together and set aside.
- Heat the oven to 450.
- Melt the butter alternative and place on the cooking sheet and coat the pan evenly.
- Place the tilapia fillets on the cooking sheet spaced evenly.
- Add the topping you made with the wok on top of the fillets covering evenly. Alternatively, you can flip the fish while cooking and add the topping at the end.
- Bake on the middle rack for 15 minutes checking and flipping if you can without messing it up to make sure it does not burn.
- Serve with remaining toppings and rice or whatever you choose for your side dishes.
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