I recently returned from a trip to Brazil, and one typical dish in some restaurants is a fish filet served with a creamy sauce made with passion fruit. I always loved it, but finding that fruit here around Seattle isn’t as easy, so I decided to make a similar version, with limes instead of the more tropical fruit
The sauce itself turned out great (some of the other parts were under-salted, something to be fixed in a future attempt at this recipe), and was fairly quick to be prepared. I used tilapia loins which I can get at my local Costco, but other kinds of fish filet would work as well.
Ingredients (4 people)
- 4 tilapia loins (about 1/4 lbs. each), thawed if previously frozen
- juice of 1 lime
- salt & pepper
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 2 tbsp. flour
- zest + juice of 1 large lime (or 2, if it’s small or not too juicy)
- 1/3 cup whipping cream
- 1/3 cup milk
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- a little salt & pepper
Prepare the fish: dress it with the lime juice, season it with salt and pepper and reserve for at least 30 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a large pan, then add the fish, cooking for about 3-5 minutes on each side (depending on the thickness of the loins). Transfer to a serving dish and cover with aluminum foil to preserve the heat.
Prepare the sauce: melt the butter and mix in the flour, salt and pepper. Add the lime zest and juice, and mix to dissolve. Add the whipping cream and the milk, mixing well. Add the sugar at the end, and mix to combine. Pour it on top of the fish.
Serve with white rice and vegetables, and enjoy!