This is not your traditional Tilapia dish, since it’s a combination of the fish mixed with clam sauce and furthermore, a bean that is not too popular in many homes, smile, mashed Blackeye Peas. Never mind the combo, I think that you should give it a shot. You will be surprise of the combined flavors!
Approximate Prep and Cooking Time: Under 30 Minutes
Approximate Cost: $10.48 or $5.24 per serving
2 Tilapia filet ($2.83)
1 ½ tsp. Old Bay Seasoning (.20)
¼ cup Olive oil (may not use it all; to marinate, sauté, for the sauce and to mash the beans) ($1.25)
1 container of chopped clams in clam juice, drained, save the juice for the sauce ($2.70)
1 cup Beef broth ($1.00)
1 tbsp. Dried Parsley (.15)
1 tbsp. Dried onions (.15)
8 garlic cloves chopped (.35)
2 tbsp. of chopped parsley, for garnish (.25)
2 tbsp. of Chopped Basil, for garnish (.30)
1 lime cut in half, for garnish (.30)
1 Avocado ($1.00)
Pat dry the fish and season with 1 tbsp. olive oil and Old Bay Seasoning to taste. Refrigerate.
In a skillet, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and sauté the garlic briefly, then add the dried parsley, 1/2 cup of beef broth, dried onion and the clam juice, simmer to reduce for about 5 minutes or less, turn off the heat and add the clams. Cover and set aside.
Drain the Blackeye peas, rinse and add them to a saucepan with 1/2 cup of beef broth, some chopped basil and simmer briefly until the broth is reduce but you still have enough liquid left to mash the Blackeye peas.
Mash the Blackeye peas in the broth and add olive oil instead of butter, to taste. Also, you may need to adjust the salt, since you only used the broth for salty flavor.
Now we are down the homestretch, the fish. Just sauté the tilapia until done but not over cooked, about 3 minutes per side.
Serve and don't forget to garnish well, it tastes amazing. I also give you serving options in my slide show.
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