Thursday, April 11, 2013
Santa Fe Tilapia
Some time ago, Jim and I ate at Logan's Roadhouse. As usual, I ended up liking what he ordered better than my own choice. This tilapia was so very good. I immediately came home to look up copycat recipes but couldn't find it. So I improvised and looked up several cilantro-chipotle sauce recipes and found this oh-so-close substitute.
There really isn't a recipe to the fish itself, just the sauce. Logan's menu says the fish is "slightly spicy, grilled, and served with a roasted corn and black bean salsa and a cilantro-chipotle sauce." Since we don't have that wonderful summer corn yet to roast, I simply used a can of Green Giant Steam Crisp "Southwestern-Style Corn" (this 11 oz can has corn, onions, black beans, and red bell peppers.) I add some diced green chilies to it, you could substitute jalapeno if you like it spicier.
For the fish, I sprayed it with a cooking spray and then sprinkled a southwest seasoning blend (I use Durkee's "Ethnic Creations, Ancho Chile") then grilled it. I spread the sauce on top and then covered it with the salsa mixture. Top with tortilla strips (I found multi-colored strips in the produce department of my local Bi-Lo grocery store). Garnish with lime wedges.
A note on the sauce. I quartered the recipe and there was plenty for the fish and a side salad. Jim and I are becoming more sensitive to very spicy food, so I only put in less than half of the chipotle and sauce my quartered recipe called for. It was still pretty spicy for us. Next time (yes, there will definitely be a next time!) I will just use the adobo sauce, that adds plenty of flavor without adding the chipotle.
SANTA FE TILAPIA
one 4-6 oz tilapia fillet per person
jalapeno or green chilies
Southwestern or Creole seasoning
4 tsp garlic, minced
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1 lime, juiced
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 chipotle chile in adobo
1/2 tsp adobo sauce (from the canned chilies)
1 cup mayo
Add all ingredients, except the mayo, to a blender or food processor. Blend on low speed, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon until blended. Add mayo. Blend on low speed stirring occasionally until mixture is smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes.
Serve immediately or refrigerate until served.
Sauce Recipe Source: www.food.com