I eat fried foods, but I almost never fry anything in my home. Honestly in 10 years I can probably recount every food item that I have fried, and I can almost guarantee you that it was fish. Tilapia to be exact. So, let's add this quick and easy fried tilapia dish to the list.
You remember when I mentioned wanting to explore more spices and foods around the world? Well my dear brother sent me a bottle of Ras el Hanout (also spelled Raz el Hanout) spice. This is a popular Moroccan spice which is a combination of other spices such as ginger, cardamon, cinnamon, allspice, and pepper. Some spice blends have about 30 spices involved! So, I much rather prefer to buy the mix instead of making my own. The good thing about the one my brother sent me is that it has no preservative (salt). I'm not sure how long it will last, but I intend to keep it refrigerated to lengthen the shelf life.
- tilapia filets
- Ras el Hanout seasoning
- Heat oil in skillet until hot.
- Season fish with salt and lightly sprinkle with Ras el Hanout seasoning.
- Dredge fish in flour; shake off excess flour.
- Pan fry fish in oil. (Fish is not deep fried. Use enough oil to coat the bottom of the fish. When one side is browned, turn and fry the other side.)
* This was a nice blend of spices. Next time I will add black pepper. The only reason I didn't do so was because I knew pepper was in the mix and I didn't want it to be hot.
I first heard of this spice via this video. Watch this video for more information concerning this spice and other side items to cook with it for an African-inspired meal.