Saturday, March 15, 2008

Royal Foodie Joust: You Put the Lime in the Coconut...

Wow, I haven't participated in a Royal Foodie Joust in a looooooooong time! Jenn, the Leftover Queen, hosts the Royal Foodie Joust every month over at the Leftover Queen Forum, and I have just not had the time or inspiration to participate these last few months. However, seeing as how Valli won last month's Joust (congrats!) and chose lime, coconut and "something from the sea" for this month's Joust ingredients, I figured I just had to participate. Those are, like, my three favorite ingredients!! I was so excited upon reading his choices!

I tossed around a few ideas and came to the conclusion that I'd do something traditional, yet put a non-traditional "Mehgan" spin on it. So, here's my entry:

Coconut & Lime Crusted Tilapia with a Lime Tartar Mustard Sauce-


-3/4 cup vegetable oil (more or less, depending on the size of your pan)
-2 tilapia fillets
-1/4 cup shredded coconut
-1/2 cup flour
-1/4 cup coconut milk
-1 large egg
-juice of one lime
-1 tsp Herbs de Provence (I got this in my BBM package!!)
-1/2 tsp garlic salt
-1/2 tsp cracked pepper
-1/4 cup tartar sauce
-2 tsp dijon mustard
-spritz of lime

Instructions: Place oil in a small pan over low heat. On a plate (I just use a regular dinner plate), use a fork to mix together the coconut, flour, and spices. In a small bowl, stir the coconut milk, egg and juice of one lime together. Carefully dip the tilapia fillets in the egg mixture, being sure to coat all sides evenly. Then, coat the fillets with the coconut & flour mixture, and place the fillets in the heated oil. Cook over low heat until both sides of the tilapia fillets are golden brown. While those are cooking, mix together the tartar sauce, mustard and a bit more lime juice. Once the fillets are done, plate them and put a small portion of the sauce on top. Garnish with a slice of lime.

I was so not prepared for how good this turned out. The whole recipe was in my head, so it's amazing to me that this meal actually came to fruition, and in such a successful way! I served it with some sauteed zucchini and squash (used a little lime juice in there, as well), and some Trader Joe's Harvest Blend quinoa, sunflower seeds and rice. My husband LOVED it! We both cleaned out plates, it was so good. The coconut flavor was present, but not overpowering, and the sauce just added to the flavor without masking every other flavor. I am so glad that I picked up a couple extra tilapia fillets at the store today when I was grocery shopping, because I am having so much fun experimenting!!

Good luck to everyone participating in the Joust this month! This was a fun one!



MrOrph said...

What a great dish!!! Wonderfully creative!

glamah16 said...

Very nice. I love these components.

Bellini Valli said...

This dish sounds perfect for the Joust Meghan....good luck this month:D

Brittany said...

Mehgan that is goregous!! That tilapia looks so beautifully crispy and golden. Yum!

Megan said...

I almost bought tilapia today. Darn it! This fish is talking to me!!!

marye said...

looks great! Good luck!

SaraLynn said...

This looks, and sounds, amazing!

kittie said...

Great entry - it looks great!