Tilapia in blackberry onion sauce

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Tilapia is Tilapia... You can pair it with practically anything because it's one of those foods that doesn't have a distinct taste, until you season it of course. I cook a lot of Tilapia because my husband only buys fish and chicken and he is rather fond of this particular fish because of its adaptability.  I like it cause its easy and cooks in minutes! 
For this recipe the secret is all in the sauce! I have to admit that there isn't anything to special about the tilapia it self... I mean Anyone can grill, fry, or bake Tilapia... Its the unique sauce that makes this dish so desirable. And whats better is that it can be used to top a number of meats and different pasta’s!
Now this recipe isn't one of my quick ones... This is one you get up around noon to prepare for dinner! But believe me... its worth it when you take your first bite into this sweet mouth watering sauce.

So heres what you will need:
4 Tilapia Fillets
1/2 cup moscato wine
1/3 white cooking wine
1/3 marsala cooking wine
2-3 cups cold water 
1/4 cup blueberries
5 Large Strawberries
2/3cup blackberries
One small white onion
2 Large Carrots (or 8 baby carrots) 
1 cup of corn starch 
about 1/3 cup chilie powder
Season salt
Sea salt
Lemon Pepper

Now Lets get started!

  1. Pour Moscato, cooking wine, and water in Large bowl or Pot, mix together. 
  2. Chop or Slice Onion into small or medium size pieces adding all but a handful into wine mixture.
  3. Chop Carrots  or simply add baby carrots to wine mixture as well. 
  4. Add blueberries and strawberries to mixture
  5. add Lemon Pepper, and sea salt to taste. Add just a pinch of cinnamon
  6. Pour in Pot and Heat to a boil
  7. add Season salt to taste
  8. Reduce heat and add Blackberries
  9. Take the four fillets and make sure there are no bones. Heavily cover the fillets with Chile powder making sure that no white is left showing.
  10. Place fillets in bowl as flat as possible and add boiled wine mixture
  11. Submerge Fish into the wine mixture and refrigerate for 2 hours. 
****Note: If Wine Mixture is not deep enough to submerge the fish entirely add more water and stir*****
  1. Heat Electric Skillet, Griddle, or Pan to Medium heat and lightly butter.
  2. Add fish to grill and apply the extra onion to each fillet.
  3. Drizzle the wine mixture over each fillet as they cook. Cover for about five minutes or until fully cooked. 
  4. Remove fish, or in a separate pan pour the wine mixture and heat. Remove strawberries and discard.
  5. Heat the mixture until it boils. Add three spoonfuls of cornstarch to cup of cold water and mix until thin. Add the corn starch to the wine mixture and heat and stir until thick. Reduce heat.
  6. Serve fish and pour sauce over it before it cools

****NOTE: If Mixture does not thicken continue to add corn starch****


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