Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tilapia Fiesta Easy Recipe Gorton's Fish

Good Food

The challenge for this post was to create a healthy new dish using one of the twenty at 200 or less calorie store-bought products made by this national seafood company. With so much to choose from it was a hard choice.

Me at Gorton's BlogHer 2012 Booth in NYC

Today I'm sharing the story of my work as a mom brand ambassador for Gorton's Seafood.  I love creating new recipes for the brands I work with because it gets me to look at consumer food products in a whole new light. A case in point is Gorton's, a brand my family has been enjoying for years because they offer so many different healthy and kosher items in their lineup of fish products that can be found in the frozen section at the supermarket. Up until now, though, we have only been eating their ready to cook offerings straight out of the box, either baked, fried or microwaved.

Gorton's Booth at BlogHer

MBE partnered with Gorton's Seafood, post contains affiliate links

Fresh fish is great but more time consuming

Frozen Fish Selection in Store Freezer
So many Gorton's fish choices

My family likes many of the different Gorton's Talapia selections so for the challenge I chose to try their new Talapia Skillet Crisp crunchy breaded fish filets -- which is less than 200 calories per serving -- as the base and inspiration for dreaming up something new and tasty for my kids and hubbie to enjoy. If anyone will give me their unfettered and honest opinions about my cooking adventures, it's these five critics!

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Here's the verdict after I made the colorful and very healthy dish you see pictured above for my 17 year-old son to try. 

"This is really good and crunchy," he said. "It's hard to believe that you didn't add any oil."

I'll take that as a compliment to the cook and the green light to share this family-tested recipe with MommyBlogExpert's loyal readers.

Skillet Crisp before cooking looks bland, Image by MommyBlogExpert.com

To launch the creative cooking process I visited Gorton's Recipe Gallery where I searched and found their Skillet Crisp Tilapia with Citrus Salsa recipe. This does sound really good and I'll probably make it in the future. However, it did inspire me to create my own new original recipe Skillet Crisp Tilapia Fish Mexican Fiesta which can be easily made in just 20 minutes. Here's how you can make it at home, too.

Skillet Crisp Tilapia Fish
Mexican Fiesta Recipe

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Serves 4
20 minutes preparation time

1 box Gortons Breaded Tilapia Frozen Fish
2 diced tomatoes
1/8 c. coarsely chopped red onion for salsa
1 T. finely chopped red onion for guacamole
1/8 c. chopped yellow onion
2 ripe avocados
1 t. garlic powder
Tortilla chips
1 fresh lemon
Salt & Pepper

1. Follow the directions on the Gorton's box to cook the fish in a non-stick skillet for about 10 minutes on each side. You will be amazed at how crispy and brown it gets without having to add oil to your frying pan.

Before frying...
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And after frying...
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2. While the fish is frying, prepare the fresh salsa by mixing the tomatoes, red onion, and yellow onions, the juice of half a lemon, and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.

3. To make the guacamole, carefully cut the avocados in half lengthwise and gently scoop out each avocado half. Set aside empty avocado shells. Mash avocado in bowl and then add 1 T. chopped red onion, juice of half lemon, garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste. Set aside.

4. Transfer each crispy brown cooked tilapia fillet to a plate with spatula. Fill each avocado shell bowl with salsa and place beside the fish. Then add a generous spoonful of guacamole directly on top of the fish. Top with a thinly sliced piece of lemon for added color and add a handful of tortilla chips.

5. Serve hot and let your Fiesta Party begin!

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Gorton's Seafood 
Gift Basket 

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Ends 6/15/13

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  • Gorton's Chef Apron
  • 2 Gorton's Heavy Duty Oven Mits
  • 1 Gorton's Spatula


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