Friday, January 6, 2012

Foil Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn

I love foil packets, everything steams together to create moist and flavorful meals.  Plus everything takes about five minutes to throw together, so you aren't laboring over food for too long in the kitchen.

I found this recipe and thought it sounded like yet another great fish recipe to try.  I am slowly learning that fish can stand up to a lot of flavors and that there is a lot that can be done with it.

Foil-Baked Fish with Black Beans and Corn
slightly adapted from Pink Parsley
4 skinless white fish fillets (6 to 8 oz each), 1-inch thick
salt and pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
grated orange zest from one orange
freshly squeezed orange juice from one orange
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (16-oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups corn kernels
1/2 red onion, minced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
pico de gallo for garnish

1) Adjust the oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat to 450 degrees.
2) Pat the fish dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
3) Using a fork, mix together the butter, orange zest, half the garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a medium bowl until well-combined.  Spread butter mixture over the fish.
4) Combine the beans, corn, onion, scallions, 2 tablespoons of cilantro, orange juice, remaining chipotle, remaining garlic, scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
5) Lay four 14-inch lengths of foil on the counter and divide the bean mixture evenly over the lower half of each piece of foil.  Top with fish, and fold the foil over the fish, folding the edges to seal.
6) Arrange the packets in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the fish is just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes (mine took about 35 minutes at elevation).  Carefully open the packets and sprinkle with remaining cilantro.  Serve.

I thought this recipe was good.  The tilapia was perfectly cooked and flaked really easily when you touched it.  I loved the orange flavor that the fish had, but I wish there was more orange flavor.  I would almost double the amount of orange used in the recipe. I liked the addition of the pico de gallo.  The jalapeno pieces added a little spice and I liked the tomatoes too.  This will definitely be a meal that we'll make again.

1 comment:

  1. We have made this before, too. So simple and fresh...and good :) Happy weekend!