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Warm up with this Thai tilapia dish

By Linda Gassenheimer, TNS
Published: February 27, 2018 Updated: February 27, 2018 at 08:57 AM
Tilapia with Peanut Coconut Sauce and Chinese Garlic Steak. (Linda Gassenheimer/TNS)

Thai peanut sauce and coconut milk add an intriguing flavor to tilapia. For this recipe they are simmered together, creating a flavorful sauce to gently coat the fish.

Peanut sauce is the base for many Thai dishes and is made from roasted peanuts, soy sauce and spices. There are several types in the supermarket. I choose a thick one when it is available. Coconut milk is made by mixing shredded coconut with boiling water, letting it steep and then straining it. Fortunately, both peanut sauce and coconut milk are available readymade and make Thai-style cooking a breeze.

Basmati rice has a nutty-like flavor and really does smell a little like popcorn when cooking. It’s available in a microwavable package, which helps to make this a 10-minute dinner.

Some other helpful hints:

• Use long-grain white rice if basmati is not available.

• Whole leaf frozen spinach may be used. Defrost and drain before using.

• Any type of fish fillet can be used. Cook it about 8 minutes per inch of thickness.

Linda Gassenheimer, TNS