A guest blog from Jennifer Ready on one of my favorite fish – Tilapia. Check Jennifer out at www.readybell.com/blog.
Let’s Talk Tilapia
Tilapia is the 5th most consumed fish in the world. It has low levels of mercury, low carbohydrates, low calories and low sodium while still serving a healthy dose of protein. A one ounce serving has 36 calories, 7 grams of protein, 0 carbs and one gram of fat. Better yet it can taste very good.
I discovered my love of Tilapia at Portofino’s in Santa Rosa. Portofino’s is like the TV show Cheers. There are all the regulars who know each other but sit a few seats away from each other at the bar (daytime). I spent quite a few lunches there when I worked downtown. On the weekends the Portofino’s bar is packed. It has been packed for the last 15 years on Saturday nights. They have the best bartenders of all time, Sue and Joel, and an atmosphere where you know you can just relax.
Once in awhile they do a coconut crusted Tilapia that is beyond good. I know that replicating that recipe is far beyond my capabilities so instead I just do a basic olive oil with herbs and garlic. Bake at 350, covered for 20-25 min and serve with a wedge of lemon and some vegetables. Yum! Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised and it is good for you.
NOTE: Stay away from farm raised Tilapia. The farm raised fish eats feed stuffed with corn which basically destroys the health benefits.