Tonight I stopped at my favorite shopping place - the freezer in my garage - and pulled out one of the great things to have on hand for quick meals - an IQF Talapia fillet. IQF is fancy talk for Individually Quick Frozen. Since the seafood industry has figured out how to process and flash freeze fish while still out at sea, this means that the seafood we're getting in the freezer section is fresh and tasty. With a package of Talapia fillet's waiting in the freezer, it is easy to pull out one piece of fish for myself, or several pieces if someone is joining me for dinner.
|Individual servings of brown rice ready for the|
freezer. Perfect to have on hand for a quick meal.
This meal is usually prompted when I have either purchased a fresh salsa or have ingredients on hand to make my own. As it's not tomato season yet, I purchased a nice salsa at the grocers this week. Here's how dinner came together:
1-Pull the frozen fish, rice, and corn from the freezer and thaw
2-Open a can of black beans and make the cheater salsa
3-Prep and cook the fish
4-Heat rice in the microwave - stir in a bit of salsa to give extra flavor
1 talapia fillet
southwest seasoning blend - purchased or see my blog entry on how to make your own
canola or vegetable oil
black bean and corn salsa - cheater recipe follows
If the talapia is frozen, place it in a pan or bowl (still in it's plastic covering) and cover with cold water. Let sit for 15 minutes and it will be thawed and ready to use.
|Remove the fish from plastic, pat dry and sprinkle with seasoning blend to your taste.|
|Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed, non-stick skillet, add the fish and cook 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through.|
|Serve along side rice and and some of the salsa on top. Drizzle lime over all and garnish with lime wedge. |
1/2 cup store bought fresh (not jarred) salsa
1/4 cup frozen corn - rinsed in warm water to thaw
1/4 cup canned black beans
Mix all ingredients together and let sit at room temperature while preparing the remainder of the meal.
Dinner is served. It all came together - including thaw time for the frozen fish and corn - in about 25 minutes.