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Tilapia with Lemon-Chive Butter
strawberry, almond and goat cheese salad

Active: 25 min Total: 25 min
Pan-seared tilapia makes an extra special dinner thanks to the addition of fresh lemon-chive butter sauce. Enjoy a summery strawberry and goat cheese salad on the side!
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Ingredients

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Servings:
4
Tilapia with Lemon-Chive Butter:
  • Chives - 2 Tbsp, chopped
  • Lemons - 1, half sliced into wedges & juice from other half
  • Tilapia (sub cod or other white fish) - 4 fillets
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp + 3 Tbsp
  • Flour, all-purpose or whole wheat - 1 Tbsp
  • White wine (sub chicken or vegetable stock) - 1/3 cup
Strawberry, Almond and Goat Cheese Salad:
  • Lime juice - 1 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, red wine - 1 Tbsp
  • Honey - 1 tsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 3 Tbsp
  • Greek yogurt, plain - 1 Tbsp
  • Strawberries - 1 pint, quartered
  • Goat cheese - 3 oz
  • Baby spinach - 5 oz (sub other salad greens)
  • Almonds, sliced - 4 oz

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Prep

  1. Make dressing - Combine lime juice, vinegar, honey and mustard with oil. Whisk in Greek yogurt. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Chives / Lemons / Strawberries - Prep as directed. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  3. Fish - Rinse and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper.

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Make

  1. Whisk salad dressing and adjust to taste - add some honey or oil if too tart.
  2. Heat a skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Add first part of butter. Once butter melts, sear fillets in batches for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, until flaky and golden. Set fish aside and return pan to heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Add remaining butter to the hot pan. Once butter melts and begins to sizzle, add flour and stir until a thick paste forms. Slowly add white wine, whisking vigorously until smooth. Heat until sauce begins to simmer and allow to continue cooking ~2 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in chives and juice from half the lemon. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Crumble goat cheese over spinach, strawberries and almonds. Toss with dressing.
  5. Serve tilapia with lemon-chive butter sauce over the top and extra lemon wedges. Enjoy with salad on the side!

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Reviews

Ratings

Original (116)
Gluten-free (7)
Paleo (16)
Vegetarian (10)

65 reviews

my sauce didn't quite work but this was lovely. will need to try again

By: Erica
Posted: May 16, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

We used Mahi Mahi for the fish and enjoyed it. The sauce was a bit thicker than expected, but still very tasty. Added a side of roasted radish and turnip with a parsley garlic butter based on fridge inventory.

By: Renee
Posted: May 11, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

The fish was delicious. I think I will do butter poached fish for the rest of my life. The sauce??? I don't know what happened there, but I tried it twice and it did NOT work. First, the 3 TB of butter + 1 TB flour did not make a thick paste, it made a buttery roux. I tried to get a thick paste the first time and ended up with burned roux. It was disgusting when I added wine, so that ended up in the trash. The second time I didn't try for a thick paste and just added wine after the flour was added, and it my buttery sauce clumped up and didn't become saucy at all - more like a wet dough. Total and complete failure. Good news is that the fish was delicious without the added butter. I had to sub orange (used all the strawberries for the croissant) and queso fresco (due to DH's food preferences) in the salad. I can see how it would have been much better with goat cheese & strawberries.

By: Angela
Posted: May 06, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

This was one of the biggest hits in my house! We ate every last bit of the fish.

By: Catherine
Posted: May 05, 2021
Diet: Gluten-free
0 Helpful

Very tasty, will make again for sure!

By: Caroline
Posted: Aug 23, 2016
Diet: Paleo
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Butter poached ANYTHING - yes please! Used shallots since I didn't have chives - sautéed in second portion of butter before adding the almond meal and it turned out great. Clean plates all around!

By: Judy
Posted: Mar 22, 2016
Diet: Paleo
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