Fish & Seafood

Spanish Style Tilapia

Spanish cuisine happens to be one of my favorite styles of cooking

There is a subtle smokiness that comes from good quality paprika and the sauces are rich with a nice amount of heat

We had some beautiful tilapia from our local fish monger but I was still in the mood for some spanish food

Fortunately tilapia is a hearty meaty fish that could definitely hold up to Spanish style flavors


And so, this recipe was born!

We are starting with 3 tilapia fillets (roughly 2 pounds)

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Next we will need 2-3 tablespoons of smoked paprika and some kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Place the fillets on a parchment lined sheet pan and liberally rub them with the paprika on both sides

Then sprinkle them with a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper

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Preheat your oven to 350 F

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to an oven proof pan over medium heat

Once the pan starts to lightly smoke add the fish to the pan

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Sear for 2 minutes then gently flip

Sear another 2 minutes then remove and set aside

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Now it’s time to work on a sauce

We will need 1 cup of dry white wine (like a Chardonnay), 2 cups of salsa, 1 cup of sofrito and roughly 1 cup of sliced spanish olives

Now you can certainly use store bought salsa but we recommend making your own!  Click on our link for Garden Fresh Salsa

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We will also need 1/2 tablespoon of smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

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Add the white wine to the pan to deglaze it

This is basically the action of adding a liquid to a hot pan which breaks up any of the bits left from searing which will add flavor to the sauce

Simmer 3-4 minutes so the alcohol cooks off

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Next add in the olives

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Let these cook for 2-3 minutes

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Next we will add in the salsa, sofrito, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper

Sofrito is a spanish style sauce base that adds quite a wonderful flavor to many dishes

It is basically bell peppers, onions, garlic, jalapenos, tomato paste and cilantro cooked down and pureed

Click on our link to make your own Sofrito

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Mix to incorporate all the ingredients

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Bring this to a low simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes to allow the flavors to meld

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Nestle the fish into the sauce and place in the oven

Cook for 5-6 minutes or until a knife can be easily inserted into the thickest part of the fish

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Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley

Serve family style over a bed of white rice or with some crusty bread on the side and dig in!

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Enjoy!!!

Simply Sundays! ~ Spanish Style Tilapia

  • Servings: 3-4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

2 pounds of tilapia

2-3 tablespoons of smoked paprika

kosher salt

ground black pepper

2 tablespoons of olive oil

For the sauce

1 cup of dry white wine (like a Chardonnay)

2 cups of salsa

1 cup of sofrito

1 cup of sliced spanish olives

1/2 tablespoon of paprika

1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (optional)

chopped fresh parsley

Directions

Place the tilapia fillets on a parchment lined sheet pan and liberally rub them with the paprika on both sides.  Then sprinkle them with a pinch of kosher salt and ground black pepper

Preheat your oven to 350 F.  Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to an oven proof pan over medium heat.  Once the pan starts to lightly smoke add the fish to the pan. Sear for 2 minutes then gently flip.  Sear another 2 minutes then remove and set aside

Add 1 cup of dry white wine to the pan to deglaze it.  Scrape up any bits off the bottom of the pan.  Simmer 3-4 minutes so the alcohol cooks off

Next add in the olives.  Let these cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add in the salsa, sofrito, smoked paprika and cayenne.  Mix to incorporate all the ingredients.  Bring this to a low simmer and cook for 5-6 minutes to allow the flavors to meld

Nestle the fish into the sauce and place in the oven.  Cook for 5-6 minutes or until a knife can be easily inserted into the thickest part of the fish

Remove from the oven and sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley.  Serve over a bed of white rice or with some crusty bread on the side

Tools used to make this recipe

Architec Carving Board, Gripperwood

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Mini Prep Glass Bowl

Wilton Recipe Right Non-stick Cookie Sheet Set, 2-Piece

OXO Good Grips Flat Wire Whisk

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15 comments on “Spanish Style Tilapia

  1. That sauce sounds amazing with so many flavours. I love to cook fish so This recipe is a must to make!

  2. We love tilapia, especially myself and my daughter and this is definitely a dish to try. I love all these superb flavours and that extra saltiness from the olives – really nice!

  3. Brian Jones

    Such wonderful flavours and that sauce sounds heavenly, I must try this.

  4. Lesli Schwartz

    This sounds delish! I would use this sauce on all kinds of seafood! Yummy!

    • simplysundaysfoodblog

      Thanks Lesli! It really is such a versatile sauce!

  5. Tilapia is one of my favourite fishes and this looks so flavourful. Will be remaking it.

  6. Beth Neels

    Tilapia is one of our favorite fish! It is so delicious and perfect for an easy dinner! Your Spanish version looks delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!!

  7. Tilapia is so yummy. Love the variation. 👏

  8. Yummy 😋😋😋

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