Cajun Lime Tilapia

Tilapia is a mild tasting fresh water fish that is budget friendly and easy to prepare.  This simple recipe with just a few ingredients is perfect for busy weeknights.  My version of this restaurant favorite is fuss free and much lower in sodium when prepared at home.

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You can find many gluten free Creole seasonings online.  If sodium is an issue, try a salt free Creole seasoning.  Don’t like it that spicy?  Simply adjust the amount of seasoning to your taste.  Use as much or as little as you like.

Tilapia is widely available, but if you can’t get fresh you can most certainly find it in the frozen section.  Be sure to defrost and pat dry before cooking.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Remove the filets from package and pat dry.

Melt butter and olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet.

Add the filets in a single layer and sprinkle with seasoning.  Don’t crowd the pan.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.

Use a long spatula to turn the filets and sprinkle generously with more seasoning.  Squeeze lime juice over the filets and top with a lime slice.  Cook for 2-3 more minutes, until the filets split and fish flakes easily.

What did I tell you, fast and easy!  I served it with with rice and squash rounds.

Notes: ♪♫  I purchased my tilapia from Whole Foods Market.  Look for tilapia that is responsibly farmed and sold by grocers that adhere to strict quality standards.  Choosing tilapia from a responsible source ensures that the fish you are eating is good for you.

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Gluten Free Jambalaya Pasta

Gluten Free Jambalaya Pasta

Fra Diavolo meets Cajun in this spicy pasta dish with a definite southern twist!  Creole seasoning gives it a real kick, and it can be anything from a modest pinch to a generous shake, you decide.  I borrowed smoky Andouille sausage, chicken and shrimp from the traditional recipe, along with the “trinity” of pepper, onion and celery.  I finished it with a light tomato sauce but instead of rice I served it over gluten free Caserecce pasta from Jovial, one of my absolute favorites!

4 Servings

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Ingredients:

  • 6 oz. Andouille sausage, cut into coins
  • 6 oz. colossal raw shrimp (about 6), peeled and deveined
  • 12 oz. boneless chicken breast, cut into medallions
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, cut into 1″ pieces
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet onion, diced
  • ¼ cup celery, sliced
  • 1 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • olive oil, about 2 tbsp.
  • 3 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 3 tbsp. cream, half and half or milk
  • Creole seasoning
  • 4 oz. gluten free pasta, cooked 2 minutes less than package directions
  • 3 ladles of the pasta water
  • Parsley for garnish

Preparation:

Once the ingredients are prepped, this meal comes together in about 15 minutes.  Slice the sausage into coins, peel and devein the shrimp, slice the chicken into medallions.  Mince the garlic and dice the bell pepper, onion and celery.  Chop the broccoli into bite size pieces.

Cook the pasta to 2 minutes less than package directions, reserving 3 cups of the pasta water.  Heat a large skillet with olive oil.  Add the sausage and cook 1 minute, or until the sausage begins to release its fat.

Add the chicken, season well and cook 3 minutes longer, turning once.  It does not need to be cooked through at this point.

Add the broccoli, peppers, onions, celery and garlic.

Season, cover and cook 3 minutes until the veggies are crisp tender.

Make a space in the center of the skillet and add the tomato paste.  Let it toast for 1 minute, pushing it around with a spatula then toss it with the meat and vegetables.

Add 1 ladle of the pasta water with the shrimp, and continue cooking just until the shrimp turns pink.

Add 2 more ladles of pasta water with the cream, half and half or milk.  Look at the gorgeous colors!

Finally, add the drained pasta to the skillet and toss well for another 2 minutes to finish cooking the pasta and meld the flavors.

Transfer to a platter, garnish with parsley and dinner is ready.  It smells so good; I hurried through the photo shoot so we could dig in!

Hubby loved this dish and so did I.  The Andouille sausage gave it just the right amount of heat.  I went easy on the Creole seasoning, but next time I’ll give it a few extra shakes!

This pasta version of Jambalaya is my favorite, maybe because I’m Italian!  I hope you enjoyed it as well.  For more Jambalaya recipes check out my traditional Jambalaya and my Jambalaya stuffed peppers!

Notes: ♪♫ Use pork or chicken Andouille sausage in this recipe.  Always check ingredients and look for the gluten free label.  

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