Tilapia has a reputation as a somewhat, ahem, boring fish, like a high school English teacher with a monotone teaching The Great Gatsby for the millionth time. But for this meal, we've spiced up the tilapia like Lady Chatterley's Lover. Nutty, flavorful sesame-garlic sauce, mixed with more garlic and a dash of Fresno chile for heat, perfectly flavors the delicate flaky fish. Another chapter of the meal opens up with the ginger broccoli, a perfect mate to the fish. After this dinner, you'll be looking at tilapia the way Jay Gatsby looks at Daisy Buchanan. (But with a better ending.)
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You Will Need
Large Non-Stick Pan
Before You Cook
Prepare the Ingredients
Cut broccoli into bite-sized pieces, if necessary.
Trim and thinly slice green onions.
Stem, seed, remove ribs, and mince Fresno chile. Discard seeds if you prefer less spice. Be sure to wash hands and cutting board after prepping.
Pat tilapia fillets dry. On a separate cutting board, halve fillets lengthwise. Trim darkish flesh off edges, and season both sides with ¼ tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper.
Roast the Broccoli
Place broccoli, ginger, 4 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and a pinch of pepper. Massage ginger, olive oil, and seasoning into broccoli, making sure ginger is evenly spread on broccoli.
Spread into a single layer, and roast until tender and slightly charred, 14-18 minutes.
While broccoli roasts, make sauce.
Make the Sauce
Combine garlic sesame sauce, green onions, garlic (to taste), 2 Tbsp. water, 2 tsp. olive oil, ¼ tsp. salt, and Fresno chile (to taste, or omit if spice averse) in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
Cook the Fish
Place a large non-stick pan over medium-high heat with 2 tsp. olive oil. Place tilapia in hot pan and cook until fish reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees, 4-7 minutes per side.
Remove from burner.
Finish the Dish
Plate dish as pictured on front of card. Bon appétit!