How to Pan-Sear Tilapia

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When pan-searing tilapia, the timing of every step is very important. Pan-sear tilapia with help from an experienced personal chef in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Kristin Koury and I'm a personal chef. I'm going to show you how to pan sear tilapia. It is a very simple but one of the best ways to sear fish. I'm going to start with a nice, hot pan. I'm going to turn that on, get it going. I have two fillets of tilapia that have been defrosted, salt and pepper, a little olive oil, some fresh herbs and some butter. Very important for this pan to be hot, I'm going to get it a little bit warmer. While we're waiting, we can add our salt and pepper on both sides. Important to season thoroughly. That looks good and I'm going to add just a touch. I am using a non-stick pan which is going to help, but it's nice to add a little bit of flavor of the olive oil. Our fish is pretty mild, so it's nice to add a few flavors. One thing about pan searing is to be very careful, whenever you're adding something to hot oil, is to place it, so it's going away from you, like so. Hear that, that's how you know that your pan is nice and hot. We're going to let that go, these are thin, so they're not going to take much time at all. Move around, and we're going to add some fresh herbs and then, we're going to butter baste it. And add a pat of butter int here, that'll melt quick, these are finishing up. By having herbs in here, it'll infuse the fish with a nice, subtle flavor. I'm using oregano and rosemary, but you can use whatever herbs you like. I'm going to move the fillets up the top of the pan and I tilt the pan a little bit. And just baste the butter over the top. And this should take less than two or three minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish. And just take them out and they're ready to eat. That's how you pan sear tilapia.


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