Tilapia with Mustard-Thyme Sauce
and balsamic kale salad with parsnips
- Shallots - 2 cloves, diced
- Almond meal / flour - 1/4 cup
- Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Black pepper - 1/4 tsp
- Tilapia - 4 filets (sub any white fish)
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Butter - 3 Tbsp
- Stock, any type - 3/4 cup
- Mustard, Dijon - 1 Tbsp (use large grain if you have it)
- Lemon juice - 2 tsp
- Kale, curly leaf - 6 oz, stems removed and leaves finely chopped (sub baby kale)
- Vinegar, balsamic - 1 Tbsp
- Honey - 1 tsp
- Oil, olive - 2 1/2 Tbsp
- Parsnips - 1 lb, cubed
- Foil - for baking
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- Butter - 1 Tbsp
- Almonds, slivered or sliced - 1/4 cup
- Shallots / Kale - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating / parsnips roasting before continuing with prep.) Prep as directed. Store separately. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make vinaigrette - Whisk together vinegar and honey. Add olive oil while whisking. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Make tilapia seasoning - Combine almond meal, thyme, salt, and black pepper. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Parsnips - Cube parsnips. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Tilapia - Rinse and pat dry. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
- Heat oven to 500F / 260C.
- When the oven is heated, spread parsnips out on a sheet pan and cover tightly with foil. Steam parsnips in the oven for 10 minutes to get them started cooking. (Watch this video for tips.)
- Remove parsnips from the oven and discard foil.
- Turn the oven’s heat down to 375F / 191C.
- Toss parsnips with cooking oil (portion for salad) and season with some salt. Return to oven and continue roasting, shaking the pan halfway through cooking, until parsnips are tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Once you’ve returned parsnips to the oven, heat a large saute pan or skillet with butter (portion for salad) over medium heat. When butter is melted, add almonds and saute until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer almonds to a bowl.
- Return pan to medium heat. Add oil (portion for tilapia).
- Season tilapia on both sides with seasoning mix and transfer to heated pan. Sear tilapia on both sides until golden brown and crisp, 5 to 7 minutes total. Transfer tilapia to a serving platter with sides (to help keep the sauce contained when you add it later). Cover the fish to keep it warm.
- Return pan to heat and add butter (portion for tilapia) and shallots. Saute until shallots are soft, ~2 minutes.
- Whisk stock and mustard into shallots. Simmer until sauce reduces slightly but can be spooned over fish, 4 to 5 minutes. Whisk in lemon juice. (Note: The only thing that helps this sauce to thicken is the flour that is left in the pan after searing the fish, so don't worry if it doesn't thicken much. It will flavor the fish as you pour it over top.)
- Pour sauce over fish.
- Toss together kale, parsnips, and vinaigrette. Sprinkle almonds over top of salad.
- Serve fish with salad on the side. Enjoy!
Made with chicken breasts instead of tilapia. Sauce was very good, but I couldn’t really taste the thyme. Never had parsnips before, and discovered that they’re delicious!0 Helpful
This meal took me forever, but I loved it. The salad was particularly good.0 Helpful
I made this with chicken thighs instead of tilapia (we're not fish people). The pan sauce was really good, along with the flour/thyme seasoning on the chicken. I did think it was a little more complicated than necessary. I also probably doubled the kale/parsnips and I think my salad was a little under-seasoned as a result.0 Helpful
Too fussy. Sauce was too salty and not worth it. Didn't bother with the roasting, etc. Just tossed a simple spinach salad.0 Helpful
Really good. I used carrots instead of parsnips, so cut the cook time on those by half. My only complaint is that it didn't seem to make much. It was more like three servings than four.0 Helpful
Fish was good, I had a spinach salad on the side rather than doing the parsnips.0 Helpful