Golden Tilapia


    • 1/3 Tsp Peppercorns
    • 1 Clove
    • 2 Tsp Sugar
    • 3 Tbs Soy Sauce
    • 2 Tbs White Rum
    • 1/2 Tsp Grated Lemon Rind
    • 1 Tbs Lemon Juice
    • 1 Tsp Ground Ginger
    • 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
    • 1 lb Whole Tilapia - Filleted
    • Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    • 2 Tbs Olive or Peanut Oil
    • 1-1/2 Cups Julienned Mixed Vegetables (Such as Carrots, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Bell Peppers)


    • In a dry skillet, toast the peppercorn and clove over medium heat until puffs of smoke begin to appear, about 1 minute. Transfer to a mortar and crush roughly.
    • In a small saucepan, simmer sugar, soy sauce, rum, lemon zest, and lemon juice over medium heat. Add the peppercorn/clove mixture, ginger, and garlic powder, and reduce by half.
    • Remove from heat, strain and let cool.
    • Place the fish fillets in the cooled marinade and let sit for 20 minutes.
    • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
    • Heat a skillet on medium high heat. Remove the fish from the marinade. Season the fillet with salt and pepper. Place the marinade in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, and remove from the heat. Add the oil to the skillet, and saute the fillets for 2 minutes on each side. Divide the julienned vegetables into two piles on a baking pan. Place fillets on the vegetable beds and finish in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until done.
    • Brush marinade on finished fish. Serve with vegetables as soon as possible.