Being from Boston, my uncles were all fisherman. Therefore, I was treated to a LOT of seafood, over the years. There was absolutely nothing better than my uncles dropping off the days’ catch to my mom, who would almost make something amazing. I remember my uncle’s dropping off baby lobsters because no one would buy them, now we all know them as chicken lobsters, and if they were free, there would be a line around the block, to get them.
My husband grew up as a good old midwestern boy, but he vacationed every year at Cape Cod, where he ate his share of great seafood.
When I moved to Ohio after we got married, I noticed that the seafood was different, they didn’t have lobsters, they had crab legs, and I literally remember going through the supermarket and saying, what are those? They just looked like something that came from outer space. Instead of cod, they ate salmon. I have never had salmon, so it was an acquired taste, my mother in law made the best salmon that I have ever had. I will probably be making it in the next couple of weeks, as we finish up Lent. She served it with a creamy dill dip, that even my son would eat (granted he would eat it without the salmon, but he would finish his bowl, LOL).
Seafood is important, it’s a great source of protein without a lot of fat. It hits most of the marks, gluten-free, low carb, and other diets.
Today, I am bringing you Tilapia, a widely distributed white fish. I did not grow up eating it, so I had to search for how to prepare it. First, it is a farmed fish, it can not be found in the wild, it has a lot of protein and Omega 3 fatty assets. It is a very controversial fish, I know this, because of everyone posts it on my air fryer group, people all go up in arms. But it’s a recipe, and you don’t have to eat it, so I don’t get involved in the controversy. I’m just a food blogger, not an activist.
Hope you and yours enjoy!
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Absolutely delicious, you can try this with any white fish, I have made this with haddock and cod. My kids love the flavor, I love how easy it is. It has bold spices which really draw up the flavor of the fish.
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 6 ounce tailapia fillets
- olive oil spray
Start by making the rub, mix together the paprika, brown sugar, oregano, garlic powder, cumin, cayenne pepper and salt in a small bowl.
Then rub the spices onto the fish. (Both sides)
Spray this fish with olive oil spray, and then place into the air fryer basket or oven. Set the temperature for 400 degrees F, for 4 minutes, after 4 minutes, flip (spray again) and add another 4 minutes.
Plate, serve and enjoy!