Louisiana hot sauce is not as spicy as other hot sauces. Use a hotter sauce if you prefer more heat.
Prep: 5 minutes; Cook: 10 minutes
1 (8-ounce) container refrigerated prechopped tomato, onion, and bell pepper mix
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
2 tablespoons water
2 teaspoons Louisiana hot sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add tomato mixture; sauté 2 minutes. Remove from pan.
Coat pan and fillets with cooking spray; add fish to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn fillets over; add tomato mixture to pan, spooning mixture over and around fillets. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness.
While fish cooks, combine 2 tablespoons water, hot sauce, thyme, and salt in a small bowl.
Carefully remove fish and tomato mixture from pan; place on a serving platter. Reduce heat to medium; add hot sauce mixture and butter to pan. Cook until butter melts. Spoon butter mixture evenly over fish and tomato mixture.
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WOW. I am writing this before I finish eating so I don't forget anything. First of all, instead of buying a pre-diced tomato-onion-pepper mix, I got one of those "fresh hot salsa" packages that are found in the produce section (a very simple one that was basically just diced vegetable) and drained it before cooking. I also salted and peppered the fish before cooking. Never one to shy away from extra heat, we still made the hot sauce, butter, thyme mixture, but instead of water, I used a little dry vermouth I had in the cabinet. Served it over the Hoppin' John-style Rice and it was awesome!!! The only thing missing was a splash of lime, which I will serve with it next time. I will definitely make this again!
fresh chopped hot salsa instead of pre-chopped tomato, onion, pepper mix
Salt and Peppered the fish before cooking
Dry Vermouth instead of water
a splash of lime
The Wifey loves making (and eating!) this dish. Here's another one from the Cooking Light 5 Ingredient 15 minute Recipes that I absolutely love. Both times I've made it I was without tilapia in the freezer so both times I substituted another white fish. I preferred the haddock to the barramundi, and I'm sure the tilapia is even better. See the rest of my review here: http://wifeyknifey.blogspot.com/2011/09/spicy-louisiana-tilapia-fillets-with.html
i give this 4 stars because i thought it was a good solid recipe my bf thought it was outstanding. have no idea where to buy a mixxed chopped tomato onion and bell pepper but had fresh ones on hand so just diced up about 1 cup total of veggies and followed directions. I couldnt figure out where the butter came from in the recipe directions so i just used butter instead of water mixxed with the hot sauce. Probably not the healthiest thing but it was good! BF said it could be less buttery so next time i may try it with the water or a mixture of butter and water. I also used cilantro instead of thyme because that is what i had on hand.
This recipe is fast, easy and very tasty. My whole family enjoyed it! I will be making this one again!
This recipe would be great for any occasion. If you like a more spicier dish, I would add more hot sauce.
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