Spiced Tilapia with Roasted Pepper-Tomatillo Sauce

5 points

Yield:  4 servings (serving size: 1 fillet and about 1/4 cup sauce)

Sauce:
1 large red bell pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 cup finely chopped tomatillo
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon honey

Fish:
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
4 (6-ounce) tilapia fillets
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons canola oil
Cilantro sprigs (optional)

Preheat broiler.

To prepare sauce, cut bell pepper in half lengthwise; discard seeds and membranes. Place pepper halves, skin sides up, on a foil-lined baking sheet; flatten with hand. Broil 15 minutes or until blackened. Place in a zip-top plastic bag; seal. Let stand 10 minutes. Peel and cut into chunks.

Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add tomatillo to pan; cook 6 minutes or until tender. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor. Add bell pepper, chopped cilantro, vinegar, and honey. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; set aside. Wipe pan with a paper towel.

To prepare fish, combine flour, chili powder, oregano, and cumin in a shallow dish; stir with a whisk. Sprinkle fish evenly with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; dredge in flour mixture.

Heat 2 teaspoons canola oil in pan over medium-high heat. Add fish to pan, and cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Carefully turn fish over, and cook 4 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve fish with sauce. Garnish with cilantro sprigs, if desired.

Beer note: Spiced Tilapia with Roasted Pepper-Tomatillo Sauce, with its nutrient-rich sauce, deserves a beer in keeping with its fresh, healthful profile. American wheat beers, like Blue Star Wheat from North Coast Brewing Co., ($8 per 6-pack) are cloudy from B vitamin-packed brewer’s yeast remaining in the beer. This brew’s slightly tart, lemony quality goes great with fish, and its billowy effervescence keeps it crisp and light on the palate. –Jeffery Lindenmuth

CALORIES 239 (32% from fat); FAT 8.5g (sat 1.6g,mono 4g,poly 2.4g); IRON 1.4mg; CHOLESTEROL 73mg; CALCIUM 27mg; CARBOHYDRATE 7.4g; SODIUM 382mg; PROTEIN 34.3g; FIBER 1.6g

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