What’s Cookin’ – Sautéed Tilapia with Garlic Lemon Sauce

Many of the restaurants, particularly the Italian ones, in our home town feature several chicken and fish entrees served with a really yummy lemon sauce.  Sometimes the sauce includes garlic and sometimes it includes cheese and sometimes it includes both.  However it’s served, it is really good, and I have been trying to replicate the recipe and technique for awhile now.

Here it is served with a simple sautéed white fish, Tilapia.  I love lemon, and I love this sauce.  You’ll see it again with chicken and with cheese, too.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Garlic Lemon Sauce ingredients.

Garlic Lemon Sauce – step-by-step.

Combine the chicken stock and lemon juice.  Set aside.  Melt butter in a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Add the minced garlic and cook until tender, about one minute.  Do not brown.  Add the flour to make a roux.  Stir continuously for another minute being careful not to brown the mixture.  Slowly add chicken broth mixture, stirring continuously.  Cook over medium heat until thickened.  Slowly add the white wine and continue to cook slowly over medium heat until thickened.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

This sauce will actually taste better if made in advance.  Cool and store in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.  Slowly warm up on the stove over low heat stirring frequently.  Or warm it up in the microwave using a low setting for 30 second intervals.

Sautéed Tilapia ingredients.

This simple technique to sauté mild white fish filets lends itself to being prepared with a sauce to complement the fish.  It is the same technique used to prepare my Sautéed Tilapia with Caper Sauce.

Combine the flour with salt and pepper.  Rinse the fish filets and pat dry.  Dredge in the flour mixture and shake off any excess.

Melt the oil and butter mixture in a large, non-stick sauté pan over medium to medium high heat.  You want to have ample room to cook the fish without crowding it into the pan.  Once the oil and butter are heated, add the filets and sauté until browned, about 3 minutes.  Turn over and brown the other side, about 2 or 3 minutes.  Remove to a plate.  The filets may be kept warm in an oven preheated to 200° F until ready to plate and serve.

Saut̩ed Tilapia with Garlic Lemon Sauce Рready to eat.

Served with my Stir Fried Angel Hair Cole Slaw (I will feature this recipe on Thursday).


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