Or, "A Fish Dish We Actually Liked." I have to confess to not knowing a whole lot about cooking fish although I have zillions of recipes for beef, pork, lamb and chicken. In an effort to consume more fish I bought a bag of frozen "swai." (Fresh fish is hideously expensive in Michigan because we are so far from the sea.) I had no idea what swai was, but it said it was mild and buttery tasting so I figured that would be good. I later discovered (via the great Wikipedia) that swai is Vietnamese cat fish. I did not tell my husband that before serving this to him!
I found this recipe online and scribbled down the directions without noting where it came from so I cannot give proper attribution. But it was easy and we really liked it! As a matter of fact, I made it twice in two weeks--a record for us.
The original recipe was for six fillets but I cut it down to two which is all we needed to eat. Leftover fish isn't something you take to work the next day and heat up in the office microwave--not unless you really want to irritate your colleagues.
2 fish fillets (swai or tilapia or cod would all work)
Lemon juice and/or white wine
Rinse and dry your fillets with a paper towel. Then dry them with a second paper towel--it seems like overkill but they will brown better. Either sprinkle the fish with a seasoning of your choice or mix the seasoning into a couple of scoops of flour that you've put on a plate. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Dip fish in flour and cover on both sides. Meanwhile heat the olive oil (just enough to coat the pan) in a saute pan until shimmering but not smoking. No need to set off the smoke alarm. Place the floured fish in the pan and cook for three minutes.
Flip the fish (a metal spatula works best) and place 1/2 tablespoon of butter on each fillet. Cook two minutes more. Remove fish to a plate, turn down heat, and add a good squeeze of lemon juice to the pan. If you don't have enough lemon juice, you can mix it with white wine. Deglaze the pan and pour the sauce (there will be very little but that's okay) over the fish.
Voila! Dinner! Make some easy sides and you've got this on the table in less than half an hour.
I used a store brand fish and seafood seasoning that had bits of lemon and orange in it.
I mixed the fish seasoning in with the flour
Dip your fillets in the flour and cover on both sides
Brown one side, flip, and place 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each fillet
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