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    from "U.S.A. Cookbook" by Sheila Lukins

    The first time I tasted tilapia was at The Inn at Le Rosier in New Iberia, Louisiana, where chef Hallman Woods III prepared it in a simply delicious manner. The second time was a Cajun-inspired moment in my own kitchen, when I liberally spiced and semi-blackened up some. Originally, the tilapia available in the markets was fished wild and had a salty, muddy taste. Nowadays the white-fleshed fish is farmer raised and sweet.

    Serves 4

    Spice Mixture
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
    1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
    1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
    1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
    1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
    4 tilapia fillets (about 6 ounces each)
    4 lime halves, for garnish

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    1. Prepare the spice mixture: combine all the ingredients for the spice mixture in a small bowl.
    2. Place the melted butter in a bowl.
    3. Heat a heavy nonstick skillet over high heat for 5 minutes (see note).
    4. Meanwhile, dip the fish fillets in the butter. Sprinkle them all over with the spice mixture.
    5. Reduce the heat very slightly and sear the coated fish, 2 fillets at a time until very dark brown and crispy, 2 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining 2 fish fillets.
    6. Serve immediately, garnished with lime halves.
    Note: working with a skillet that's been heated over high heat for this length of time means you've got to take some precautions. Make sure the nonstick surface on your skillet will be able to withstand such intense heat; or else use a well-seasoned cast-iron skillet. Use your stove fan to draw away any smoke generated once the fish is added, and stand back to avoid splatters. Protect your hands, when lifting the skillet, with insulated potholders.

    Product nutrition and information
     Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
      Farm-Raised Tilapia Fillet - $9.99/lb
      FreshDirect Ground Cumin - $3.79/ea
      Old Bay Seasoning - $4.29/ea
      Spice Supreme Garlic Powder - $1.19/ea
      FreshDirect Whole Dried Thyme - $3.59/ea
      FreshDirect Oregano - $3.59/ea
      FreshDirect Ground Mustard - $3.59/ea
      FreshDirect Cayenne Pepper - $3.59/ea
      Limes - $0.99/ea
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      Morton's Regular Salt - $0.99/ea
      FreshDirect Tellicherry Peppercorns - $3.79/ea
      FreshDirect Andalusian Sweet Paprika - $3.79/ea
      Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $2.49/ea
     2 sticks  
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