If Chicken & Mushrooms Pot Pie was our last meal at the old house, this Oyster Sauce & Sesame Tilapia Fillet was our first home-cooked dish in the new house. The kitchen was of course the first room in the house that got organized. We ate too much take-out and fast food stuff for a week and a half so I really missed cooking and eating home-cooked food. A fast and easy one of course since I was still very tired from all the moving and unpacking. The bag of frozen tilapia fillets came in handy.
4-6 tilapia fillets (no skin), thawed completely
1/4 cup of oyster sauce
1 tsp of sesame oil
sprinkle of cayenne pepper
sprinkle of garlic powder
sprinkle of salt & pepper
juice of 1 kalamansi or 1 wedge of lime/lemon
oil for pan-frying
In a marinating bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, sesame oil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt & pepper, and juice of 1 kalamansi or 1 wedge of lime/lemon.
Placed the thawed tilapia fillets in the bowl. Coat both sides of the fish. Cover the bowl to marinate for 30 minutes in the fridge.
After marinating, heat up oil in a non-stick pan on medium heat. Fry the bottom-side first, 3-5 minutes or so, or until golden brown. Gently turn the fish over to cook the other side. Turn the stove off at that point. The remaining heat will continue to cook the fish.
Serve the fish with couscous and mixed veggies on the side, or cucumber pickled salad.