Herb Crusted Tilapia, Garlic Brussels Sprouts, and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Herb Crusted Tilapia, Garlic Brussels Sprouts, and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

Feeds: 2 decently hungry folks.
Total time: ~60 min
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

For the fish:

  • 2 pieces of fresh tilapia, ~0.7lb total
  • 1 egg
  • a splash of milk, ~1/4 cup
  • bread crumbs, ~1/2 cup
  • basil
  • generic “garlic and herb” spice mix

For the fries:

  • 2-3 sweet potatoes, ~1 lb
  • olive oil, ~1 tbsp
  • freshly ground sea salt of whatever kind you like; mine is pink
  • freshly ground pepper
  • cayenne pepper
  • garlic powder
  • generic salt-free spice mix of your choice (mine is a nameless variety given to me by a friend; Emeril’s or Mrs Dash would work as well)

For the sprouts:

  • frozen Brussels sprouts, ~1/2 of the 1lb freezer bag
  • olive oil, ~1 tbsp
  • minced garlic, 1 tbsp
  • freshly ground sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • nutmeg

Here’s what you need to do to time everything properly:

  1. Get a glass of wine.
  2. Set your oven at 400F.
  3. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into fries. Soak them in a bowl of cold water for ~5 min. Drink that wine.
  4. Dump the cold water out of the bowl. Toss the fries up in the olive oil. Add a generous amount of freshly ground salt and pepper, a dash of garlic powder, cayenne pepper to your liking (I like a lot), and a very generous portion of your favorite random spice mix.
  5. Spread the fries over a broiler pan. Pop them in the oven and set a timer for 20 min.
  6. While you wait, and while you’re drinking that wine, take the Brussels sprouts out of the freezer and put them into that bowl you were using. (This gets rid of any big ice chunks)
  7. When the timer’s close to being done, toss those brussels sprouts with the olive oil. Add a generous bit of garlic, a more than generous bit of the sea salt, as much pepper as you like, and two dashes of nutmeg.
  8. Once the timer goes off, flip the fries, and make some room on that broiler pan for the brussels sprouts. Put everything back in the oven and set the timer for 15 min.
  9. While waiting for that, mix up your egg and a splash of milk in a bowl. Mix your bread crumbs, garlic&herb spice mix, and basil up on a plate. Think about refilling your wine.
  10. When the timer goes off, flip your fries and your brussels sprouts both, and put it back in the oven. Set a timer for 10 min.
  11. Put a pan on the stove on medium high and get something in there: I used Pam spray since this recipe is already rolling in EVOO but you can use olive oil if you like.
  12. Dip the fish into the milky-egg mix and then coat it in the seasoned bread crumbs.
  13. Drop the fish into the pan. Let it go until you can see white creeping up the sides of the fish, then flip.
  14. When the timer goes off, make sure your fries are done, then pull them off. Put the oven on Broil, spread out the brussels sprouts, and pop them back in.
  15. Cook the fish until it flakes when pulled apart with a fork.
  16. Pull out the brussels sprouts. They should be somewhat browned/blackened/crisped up from the broiler.
  17. Serve with a drink of your choice.

 

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One Response to Herb Crusted Tilapia, Garlic Brussels Sprouts, and Spicy Sweet Potato Fries

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