Sunday, April 25, 2010

Pan-fried Tilapia with Soy Sauce

Tilapia fish or in Chinese it's called as "African Fish" literally translated as "fei zhou ye". This small, low fat fish originally comes from Africa where it has been used for thousands of years.Recently it has become one of the most important "aquaculture" fish in the world. Tilapia are grown in large farms and produced for mass consumption here.Farm grown Tilapia is abundant ,not to said the price is pretty cheap too.I love any kind of fish.Tilapia is one of my favorite fish because it's has minimal tiny bones which it's not a hassle when consuming .If I freeze the tilapia,usually I pan-fried it,if I can get Live tilapia ,of course I steam it with ginger and scallion to get the freshness of the fish it's self...I trained Mishu to eat fish in bone since she was a toddler,so now she have no problem sharing the whole fish with me.In fact she always request me to make fish for her!! In the other hand her dad ,don't eat meat or seafood with bones attached!! No matter whether it's chicken,duck or fish..I guess it's typical American culture.They were taught from small that eating meat or fish with bones are dangerous!! For us Asian,the best fish to eat is with the bone or whole fish,right?


1 whole tilapia,about 2-3 lbs
1 tbsp salt
4-5 tbsp rice flour or corn flour
3-4 tbsp seafood soy sauce or premium soy sauce
a handful cut cilantro
1 cup oil


1:Clean tilapia: remove scales by scraping the fish with a fish scale or the dull edge of a knife.Make a cut from the gills to the vent.Remove the entrails with your fingers. Check the cavity carefully to make sure everything been removed.Use sharp knife to slit in the middle of the fish on both side for easy cooking.Rinse the fish well with cold water.Then rub with salt before coated with rice flour or corn flour .( or you can use all purpose flour but the coating is not really crispy)
2:Heat oil in large pan at medium heat.Place coated fish onto the pan when the oil is hard enough.Use splatter to cover the pan to prevent oil from splatter all over.
3:Pan-fried both side of fish until cooked or golden brown.(If you don't mind to waste oil,you can deep fry the fish so it's won't splatter)Usually the oil use for fried fish,I can't really reused again.
3:Remove cooked fish from pan to large plate .Drizzling seafood soy sauce on the fish before sprinkle some cut cilantro.Serve warm immediately.


Angie's Recipes said...

One of my favourite way to do the fish and go with some plain congee as a dinner.

tigerfish said...

I did not know tilapia is called african fish :O

My Asian Kitchen said...

oh yes!! I like to eat with congee too especially the live and very fresh fish!! good choice!

oh!! you didn't know it's called "fei zhou yee":O it's never too late:P

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Hi!! My name is Lesley and I'm a simple SAHM(stay at home mom) who currantly live in Long Island,New York with my daughter Mishu and hubby Eliot .I'm Malaysian who live in US and A for many many moon and I'm also a person who love to eat, cook and bake. If you have any suggestions ,questions or comments please feel free to email me at beachlover1917atyahoodotcom. To know more about my life or my kitchen you can always hop over to my other 2 blog.