This French in a Flash recipe for Tilapia with Tarragon Pistou on Serious Eats caught my eye. While I'm still without a kitchen, I'm looking for food-in-a-flash and this seemed like it would be easy and tasty. It was! Having loads of tarragon in my garden made this recipe even more attractive.
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• Tilapia with Tarragon Pistou •
this recipe by Kerry Saretsky
• 1 clove garlic
• 2/3 cup fresh tarragon leaves
• 1 cup fresh basil leaves
• 1/4 cup toasted walnut halves
• 1/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for searing the fish
• 2 1/2-pounds of boneless, skinless tilapia
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• fresh lemon wedges
1. In a food processor, obliterate the garlic. Add the tarragon and basil leaves and pulse to break up. Add the walnuts and season with salt and pepper. Pulse to a rubble. Stream in the olive oil with the machine running. You should have the texture of a pesto.
2. Heat a non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat (I always use my cast iron). Season the tilapia filets with salt and pepper, and drizzle a tablespoon or two of olive oil into the hot pan. Sear the fish about 3 minutes on each side, until golden on the outside, and flaky.
3. Serve the fish with a big scoop of tarragon pesto on top and lemon wedges on the side.
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