I’m continuing my partnership with Dish on Fish this month to bring you this fun spin on one of my favorite Asian dishes: Peanut Noodles with Tilapia! Think outside the chicken, my friends. 🙂
As you guys know from my post last month about Why You Should Eat More Seafood, seafood is delicious, versatile, and easy to prepare – in addition to being very nutritious!
I thought sharing an Asian dish made with tilapia would be a fun way to mix it up from chicken or tofu, and to showcase the versatility of seafood. If you’re a peanut sauce fan you will love this dish!
Tilapia in particular is a great fish to start with for non-fish lovers because of its mild taste. (See also my Almond Crusted Tilapia, which is always a huge hit in our house.)
Although this recipe has a number of steps, all the steps are still very simple and several steps can be done in advance, like making the sauce, cooking noodles, or roasting veggies. There also aren’t actually that many ingredients with all the cross-utilization!
The first step is to roast your veggies, which are coated with sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes. If you’re tight on time, simply skip this step and use raw veggies (aim for softer ones, like peppers), or quickly saute some veggies in a pan instead in the same sauce. Up to you! You can also just toss in steamed veggies or random leftover veggies from the fridge – the peanut sauce flavor still goes a long way.
While the veggies are roasting (or not), get the fish ready! Simply whisk together the sauce for the fish (soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, green onions, sesame seeds, and red pepper flakes) and drizzle it over the tilapia before baking for 10 minutes.
Once the tilapia is in the oven, bring water to a boil for the soba noodles. They’ll only take about 4 or 5 minutes to cook! You’ll want to make the peanut sauce and chop your garnishes at this point, too. Then you just mix it all together and enjoy!
Here’s the full recipe – let me know how you like it!
for the veggies
for the tilapia
for the sauce
- A great way to time this for weeknight cooking: Place the veggies in the oven and set a timer for 15 minutes. During that time, get the fish ready, whisk together the peanut sauce, and bring water to a boil for the noodles. When the timer goes off, place the fish in the oven and set a new timer for 10 minutes. During that time, cook the noodles (soba noodles usually just need 4-5 minutes) and chop garnishes. When the fish is ready, everything else should be good to go too!
- Also, make extra peanut sauce for later! You can use it as a dip for veggies, or it also makes a great stir fry sauce. It’s especially delicious with stir fried shrimp, veggies, and rice – just mix it in at the very end.
Want more easy recipes that will win over even fish haters? Give these a shot:
- Caribbean Shrimp Quinoa Salad
- Lemon and Herb Fish
- Mussels in Creamy Tomato Fennel Broth
- Pesto Baked Salmon with Veggies
- Roasted Salmon with Watermelon Salsa
- Salmon Brown Rice Cakes with Fresh Salsa
- Healthy Tuna Salad (great packed lunch!)
- Shrimp, Cucumber, and Feta Orzo Salad
- Tilapia en Papillote
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Fisheries Institute. The opinions and text are my own.