Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pan Fried Tilapia Sandwich

Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Tilapia is the fifth most important fish in fish farming, with production reaching 1,505,804 metric tons in 2000. Because of their large size, rapid growth, and palatability, tilapiine cichlids are the focus of major farming efforts, specifically various species of Oreochromis, Sarotherodon, and Tilapia, collectively known colloquially as tilapias. Like other large fish, they are a good source of protein and popular among artisanal and commericial fisheries. Most such fisheries were originally found in Africa, but outdoor fish farms in tropical countries such as papua New Guinea, the Philippines, and Indonesia are underway in freshwater lakes. In temperate zone localities, tilapiine farming operations require energy to warm the water to tropical temperatures. One method uses waste heat from factories and power stations.

China is the largest Tilapia producer in the world, seconded by Egypt.

Commercially grown tilapia are almost exclusively male. Cultivators use hormones such as testosterone to reverse the sex of newly spawned females. Because tilapia are prolific breeders, the presence of female tilapia results in rapidly increasing populations of small fish, rather than a stable population of harvest-size animals.

Other methods of Tilapia population control are polyculture, with predators farmed alongside Tilapia or hybridization with other species.

Whole tilapia fish can be processed into skinless, boneless (PBO) fillets: the yield is from 30 percent to 37 percent, depending on fillet size and final trim. The use of tilapia in the commercial food industry has led to the virtual extinction of genetically pure bloodlines. Most wild tilapia today are hybrids of several species.
By http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tilapia

Pan Fried Tilapia Sandwich
Copyright 2011 Christine's Pantry. All rights reserved.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon thyme, to taste
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 tilapia fillets
4 slices bread, I used 12 grain, or use your favorite bread
tarter sauce, to taste

Directions:
In a bowl, combine first 7 ingredients. Drizzle extra virgin olive oil over top of fish. Sprinkle seasoning mix over top of fish. Add butter to frying pan and heat over medium high heat. Add fish to the pan. Cook fish, 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove from pan. Add tarter sauce to each slice of bread. Add fish. Enjoy!



34 comments:

  1. I like the seasoning here, it would go well with several kinds of meat and fish. This must have been a delicious sandwich, definitely better than my lunch. Buzz!

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  2. That tilapia looks very flavorful. Love the addition of Paprika. Funny I was listening to the story of Tilapia in the US only a couple of days ago on my way to work. There are a couple of additional facts - Tilapia does not contain Omega 3 - it does contain Omega 6 (which according to some is not so healthy) - but as you say it is still a good source of protein and better than red meat. It also appeared to be healthier than most farm raised Salmon which is high in PCBs.

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  3. Interesting info about Tilapia! We don't get it here but I used it eat it all the time. Great sammich!

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  4. I love tilapia. I so widely available that it's almost my fish of choice when we're on a strict budget! I'm sure this would make a wonderful sandwich =)

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  5. I never knew that much about Tilapia, very informative and sounds like a wonderful
    sandwich :)
    Hope you had a great holiday weekend!

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  6. Mmm I love tilapia and this recipe looks fantastic! :)

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  7. Hi Magic of Spice, the sandwich is awesome! I think you will like it. Hope you had a good holiday weekend.

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  8. Im not a big fish fan, but some of my family members are! Im going to pass along this recipe : )

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  9. love all spices you put into this fish dish, sound so good.

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  10. Love the coloring of the fish... Beautiful golden crisp fish! Looks great, Christine!

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  11. I adore tilapia! The marinade sounds terrific.

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  12. Hello! I'm a new food blogger from Philippines! :) Love your blog! This is my blog: http://eaternalfeast.blogspot.com

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  13. Thank you for the information on tilapia, wonderful flavors. have a great week

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  14. I never knew that they bred males and the reason why. Spices on the fish look amazing! Tilapia is my favorite fish - unfortunately, I developed a severe allergy to it!

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  15. Ah, simply irresistible and easy on the pocketbook too. Thanks for the visit,btw,and for leaving your calling card to this fabulous place of yours. This is my lucky day,

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  16. I just love tilapia. I usually serve it with rice. I love the seasonings you've used for the fillets and I bet that goes really well with bread.

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  17. Thanks for the info on the tilapia. Tilapia is one of my go to fish, since it's always availble, fresh or frozen. This recipe looks delicious!:)

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  18. Hi Hannah, glad to have you here with us. So pull up a chair and make yourself at home. :-)

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  19. Hi Ann, sorry to hear you have developed a severe allergy to tilapia.

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  20. Hi Rosaria, thank you so much for the nice comment.

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  21. The seasoning you put on the fish is wonderful! Healthy and lean!

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  22. Hi fish look very good. Thanks for the post, I have never eaten tilapia. I must try this sometime. Hope all is well keep cooking Andi thewednesdaybaker.........

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  23. Oh, the crust on your tilapia looks marvelous! And I love the spice rub...so yummy! And such interesting info, too~

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  24. This really sounds delicious. I know I'd love to have this sandwich for my lunch or dinner. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  25. I love tilapia and the spices for this sound awesome!

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  26. Pan fried fish sounds awesome, and in the sandwich even better! Looks very tasty!

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  27. Tilapia is so mile and delicious. I would never have thought to make it up in a sandwich. What a delicious sounding idea. So glad I stopped by!

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  28. Love the history behind the tilapia, which happens to be one of my favorite white fish!
    Great recipe, love all the spices...yumm!

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  29. Hi Christine, this looks delish. I like the sandwich idea I've never served it that way before. Looks really good!

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  30. Yum! I love tilapia. Well done

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