15-minute tasty fish

16 09 2009

Usually I plan meals at the beginning of the week and prep in advance each day, but sometimes I scramble. Especially when I forget to watch the clock and realize I’m REALLY hungry and it’s WAY too close to mealtime. Yesterday was one of those days. Thankfully, I had a fish filet that needed to be cooked and my favorite last-minute meal-filler: couscous.

It was so pretty, easy, and tasty I decided to share:

15-minute tasty fish (serves 2)

Ingredients
1 large fish filet*
1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced (or veggie of your choice)
1 C couscous (plain or seasoned with olive oil, garlic & parsley)
butter (or olive oil)
garlic (minced clove or powder)
salt
pepper
paprika
lemon juice (slice of lemon or the bottled juice)
white wine**

*I used catfish because it was on sale, but you could also use tilapia, salmon, etc.
**Wine optional for flavor. If don’t have/want a whole bottle of wine available, stores also sell tiny 187mL bottles – the size served on airplanes or in old hotel room bars. I find these helpful in the pantry because I usually only need a splash to add to sauce or dish, and that not very often, so it’s better than cracking a whole, regular-size bottle.
***Other tasty additions might include: sliced mushrooms, capers, marinated artichoke hearts, onions or shallots, chickpeas, spinach, and/or black eyed peas.

Directions
1. Prepare couscous: in a small pot, bring 1 C water (or vegetable stock) to boil. Stir in couscous, then cover and remove from heat. Let sit for 5-7 minutes. Uncover and stir with a fork to loosen the couscous.

2. In a medium pan, heat butter or olive oil. Saute zucchini for 2-3 minutes on medium heat. Remove from pan and set aside.

3. Put fish filet in pan (if necessary to fit in the pan, cut filet in half). Season with a sprinkle of lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, paprika. Cook 5 minutes on each side until fish is solid white and crumbles easily when you poke it. Add a splash of wine, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 3-5 minutes.

4. Plate with couscous, then fish, topped with zucchini. Spoon sauce from the pan on top. Eat! A nice glass of icewater with a splash of lemon juice is perfect, too.

It’s fast & yummy – and pretty enough for a simple dinner party. You can customize in so many ways. Let me know if you try it 🙂

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3 responses

16 09 2009
Jillian

Always making me hungry! 😉 I love all the photos of Baby E, and you’re a very talented seamstress!! So glad to be able to keep up with y’all!

Cheers,
Jilly

17 09 2009
perches

Thanks, lady 🙂 We love your new website.

17 09 2009
alihilani

i am so going to try it! Yummy!




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