Steamed Tilapia with Chive Extra Virgin Olive Oil

First up, steamed Tilapia.What's not to love about this fresh water fish? Its flavor is versatile and, if treated with love, tilapia will sing a lovely tune at the dinner table. Aside from its lovely voice, tilapia is also low in calories and cost. For this recipe, I will use Aqua Star Tilapia which has a mere 90 calories per fillet. 

This is a three-pronged project: (1) prepare the court-bouillon, (2) steam the tilapia, and  (3) prepare the chive virgin olive oil drizzle.

Court-Bouillon Ingredients
Court-Bouillon Ingredients
Part 1: Prepare court-bouillon. I have no idea what court-bouillon is, but google informs me that it is a flavored liquid for poaching or quick-cooking foods.

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 oz. white wine
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 stick celery, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Parsley
I throw all of the ingredients into a pot and bring them to a boil, then simmer uncovered for ten minutes and strain. This liquid is going into my steamer, Rival 2 Tier.

Note:  If you follow these directions, you do so at your own risk. The steamer I own instructs users to fill water reservoir with clean water only: do not put any other liquids or add any salt, pepper, ect. in the water reservoir.

Court-Bouillon Simmering
Court-Bouillon Simmering
Part 2:  Steam the tilapia.

  • Court-bouillon (recipe above)
  • 1 lb. tilapia fillets
  • Lemon juice (as needed)
  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Salt & pepper to taste
While the court-bouillon is simmering, I will prepare the fish to be steamed. First, sprinkle the fish with  lemon juice and then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika. I am digging this. It's very pretty.

Steaming the Tilapia
Steaming the Tilapia

Next, I place the fish in the steamer, add the parsley on top, cover, and steam for 28 minutes or until done. I'm not sure how to tell if it's done, but I will trust the steamer.
Chive Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ingredients
Chive Extra Virgin Olive Oil Ingredients
Part 3:  Prepare the chive virgin olive oil drizzle. Mix the ingredients and drizzle over the tilapia.

  • 1/3 cup Minced Chives
  • 1/2 cut Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper
Steamed Tilapia with Chive Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Steamed Tilapia with Chive Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Success! I'm encouraged by this first round.The tilapia and I are singing a beautiful melody this chilly autumn evening.