Both my kids love fish, it is one of the things my eldest will eat. In fact he eats most meat or fish, so long as there are no greens (he will eat peas) in sight and it isn’t too spicy. If I cook anything with vegetables that I know he won’t eat, I just make sure he doesn’t get any in his serving. This has 1/2 a deseeded red chilli added to it, but it is still quite mild, so even your little ones who are baby led weaning will love this.
Marinated Fried Tilapia with Tomato and Pea Brown Rice
serves 3 (1 adult and 2 children)
for the fish
- 3 tilapia fillets (or similar white fish)
- 1 red chilli, deseeded
- 1 small red onion
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 1 teaspoon of grated ginger
- black pepper
- 2 teaspoons of olive oil
for the rice
- 1 cup (240ml) of brown rice
- 500ml of no salt chicken stock
- 2 roma tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of frozen peas
- olive oil
For the fish
Place the chilli, onion, turmeric, garlic, ginger, olive oil and a little black pepper in a mini food processor and blitz until you have a paste type consistancy.
Place tilapia fillets in a dish, cover with the paste and rub all over. Place in fridge and allow to marinade for approx 1 hour.
Add the fillets to a frying pan over a medium high heat and fry on both sides until lightly golden and fish is cooked through.
For the rice
Add a little olive oil to a large saucepan over a medium high heat add the finely chopped tomatoes and fry for a couple of mins. Stir in the rice and then add the stock and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer. Stir in peas when stock is almost absorbed and then turn off heat, but leave on hob and covered. The steam will continue to cook the rice. Leave covered for approx 10 mins and then serve with your tilapia.