Sweet Chili Tilapia & Sesame Breadcrumbs with Garlic Rice & Snow Peas
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Sweet Chili Tilapia & Sesame Breadcrumbs

with Garlic Rice & Snow Peas

30 MIN
$18.98/serving 4 Servings
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    This dish is packed with umami (or savory) flavors thanks to a sweet chili-sambal glaze we're spooning over flaky tilapia fillets, and crispy panko breadcrumbs cooked with nutty sesame oil to sprinkle on top. For bright, aromatic accompaniments, we're serving them with sides of garlic rice and sautéed snow peas finished with fresh lime juice.

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    Sweet Chili Tilapia & Sesame Breadcrumbs with Garlic Rice & Snow Peas
    Title
    • 4 Tilapia Fillets
    • 1 cup Long Grain White Rice
    • 2 Scallions
    • ½ lb Snow Peas
    • 2 cloves Garlic
    • 1 Lime
    • ¼ cup Sweet Chili Sauce
    • 1 oz Salted Butter
    • 1 Tbsp Sambal Oelek
    • 1 Tbsp Sesame Oil
    • ¼ cup Panko Breadcrumbs
    • 1 tsp Black & White Sesame Seeds
    • 2 Tbsps Soy Sauce
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    tips & techniques
    Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze
    1 Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. If desired, remove the tough strings from the snow peas. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Halve the lime crosswise. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, the juice of 1 lime half, 2 teaspoons of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper.

    Cook the rice
    2 Cook the rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, chopped garlic, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork.

    Make the breadcrumbs
    3 Make the breadcrumbs

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the sesame oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and toasted. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the snow peas
    4 Cook the snow peas

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the snow peas; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of the remaining lime half. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the fish & serve your dish
    5 Cook the fish & serve your dish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes. Add the glaze (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and butter. Cook, stirring frequently and spooning the glaze over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the fish is coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Serve the cooked fish (including any glaze from the pan) with the garlic rice and cooked peas. Top the fish with the sesame breadcrumbs. Garnish with the sesame seeds and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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    Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze
    1 Prepare the ingredients & make the glaze

    Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel and roughly chop 2 cloves of garlic. If desired, remove the tough strings from the snow peas. Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Halve the lime crosswise. In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, sweet chili sauce, the juice of 1 lime half, 2 teaspoons of water, and as much of the sambal oelek as you'd like, depending on how spicy you'd like the dish to be; season with salt and pepper.

    2 Cook the rice

    Carefully rinse the rice (sifting through for any impurities). Drain thoroughly. In a medium pot, combine the rice, chopped garlic, a big pinch of salt, and 2 cups of water. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook, without stirring, 13 to 15 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Turn off the heat and fluff with a fork.

    Cook the rice
    Make the breadcrumbs
    3 Make the breadcrumbs

    Meanwhile, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat the sesame oil on medium-high until hot. Add the breadcrumbs; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and toasted. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.

    4 Cook the snow peas

    In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the snow peas; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the sliced white bottoms of the scallions. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until softened. Turn off the heat and stir in the juice of the remaining lime half. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. Transfer to a bowl and cover with foil to keep warm. Wipe out the pan.

    Cook the snow peas
    Cook the fish & serve your dish
    5 Cook the fish & serve your dish

    Pat the fish dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat a drizzle of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fish. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 minutes. Add the glaze (carefully, as the liquid may splatter) and butter. Cook, stirring frequently and spooning the glaze over the fish, 1 to 2 minutes, or until the fish is coated and cooked through.* Turn off the heat. Serve the cooked fish (including any glaze from the pan) with the garlic rice and cooked peas. Top the fish with the sesame breadcrumbs. Garnish with the sesame seeds and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy!

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