One Fish, Two First, Now Eat This

Tilapia with Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes
Tilapia with Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes

I have never cooked fish before. It has always seemed so much more complicated than my usual three options of beef, pork or chicken. While I do enjoy eating it and eat it frequently for lunch in the form of sushi or sashimi, it has never made its way into my apartment and was something my mother would rarely cook at home.

On my way home from work I decided to give fish a try.  I have a fish market in my neighborhood that I heard was good and decided that after four years of living here it was finally worth a try. I originally wanted to cook some salmon steaks but they didn’t have any. Undeterred, I noticed they had some tilapia, a fish that have had before and like. I also stopped in the food shop next-door and picked up some spinach to sauté along with some extra tomatoes I had left over from a caprese salad I had recently made. This seemed like an easy dinner I could get going.

Ingredients in hand, I headed home. I put everything out on my counter and thought about what to do with the fish.

Tilapia and Spinach
Tilapia and Spinach

Dredging the fish in flour and cooking it in butter came to mind and so I heated up my pan, melted the butter and put the fish right in.

Tilapia with Flour and Butter
Tilapia with Flour and Butter

I simultaneously added the spinach into a pot and cooked it down until it was almost ready.

Spinach Cooking Down
Spinach Cooking Down

I added halved cherry tomatoes into the spinach and stirred for a few minutes until they became tender adding salt and pepper.

Spinach and Tomatoes
Spinach and Tomatoes

The fish did not take that long to cook. I had no sense of how long it should cook until done, so I cut into it a bit to make sure.

Tilapia Ready for Plating
Tilapia Ready for Plating

While I plated my fish I noticed that the spinach and tomatoes were burned a little bit. Clearly this wasn’t meant to be restaurant quality food, but it tasted pretty good all the same.

My First Fish Meal
My First Fish Meal

With my first fish meal under my belt I feel more confident about cooking with new ingredients.  My meat CSA starts next month and I’ll be getting some lamb as part of my share, another meat I am unfamiliar with.

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1 Comment

  1. I find cooking fish a little daunting too! Salmon, I’m okay with but I find most fish-especially white fishes so delicate that my barbarian self butchers them to death before they’re ready to eat! Must learn to use a more gentle touch! haha. Good job going with simple flavors of butter and flour for your first fish cooking experience! Can’t really go wrong with those!

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