Massive craving for fish yesterday after the back workout at the gym yesterday. PaleoJoe had defrosted chicken, which sounded great at the time, but after 45 minutes of back and then 1 mile on the treadmill I wanted something else. TILAPIA!
So after the gym we headed to MOM’s and picked up a whole tilapia. Again, when choosing fish make sure that the eyes are bright, the body has no cuts or bruising and still looks pretty, and it doesn’t smell. If you don’t know what I’m talking about then ask the fish guy/gal. They will help you pick the right one. Also, if they offer fish cleaning services where you get your seafood then definitely take the opportunity and have them do it. For this fish, we had them gut it, scale it and lop off the fins. POW! Here’s the recipe for…
1 whole tilapia (cleaned)
1 lemon (sliced)
Handful of fresh Basil (you can keep it whole or chop it up. Entirely up to you. I would also recommend fresh Rosemary or Thyme.)
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Charcoal grill should be about the same. You don’t want high heat. You’ll burn the fish and that’s sad.
2. Season the inside of your fish with salt and pepper. Place a layer of basil down and then the lemon slices and then another layer of basil over that. I just so happened to have some lemon slices leftover so I squeezed the juice over both sides of the fish. Season both sides of the fish with salt and pepper.
3. By now, your grill is preheated so take your fish on over and lay it on the grill.
I know… the picture is dark. It’s a terrible picture, but you get it right?
4. Put the cover down and LEAVE THE FISH ALONE! You’re going to let it cook for 12-15 minutes. When it’s time, FLIP! Wait another 12-15 minutes and you’re done!
We ate the fish with a side of fresh diced tomatoes (Lemon Boy and Early Girl) from the garden. I put about 3 tablespoons of patis (fish sauce) and mixed it. Sometimes I overestimate how much seasoning is on the fish and I’m left with an under seasoned fish. Whoops! Having the tomatoes with the patis helps. Super tasty! Prior to Paleo I would eat this with a side of rice, but ah well. ENJOY!!