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baked tilapia with fish scale potatoes

a recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

I learned this technique at Cordon Bleu, many years ago. It has wonderful presentation, and tastes excellent. It would be brilliant to serve at a nice holiday dinner party, and to be truthful, any type of fish filet will do quite nicely. The original technique for this recipe was a bit difficult to master, so I simplified it by baking the fish in the oven, as opposed to pan-frying. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

serves 2
prep time 15 Min
cook time 20 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For baked tilapia with fish scale potatoes

  • 1 lg
    russet potato
  • 3 Tbsp
    sweet butter, unsalted
  • 2 Tbsp
    flour, all-purpose variety
  • 1 lg
    filet, tilapia or other firm white fish
  • 1 lg
    egg yolk, whipped with a teaspoon of water
  • salt, kosher variety, to taste
  • black pepper, freshly ground, to taste
  • dill, for garnish (optional)

How To Make baked tilapia with fish scale potatoes

  • 1
  • 2
    Gather your ingredients.
  • 3
    Thinly slice the potatoes.
  • 4
    Chef’s Tip: For consistency, I strongly recommend using a mandoline slicer.
  • 5
    Use a small round cutter to make 3/4 inch (2 cm) disks.
  • 6
    Add the butter to a small skillet, over medium heat.
  • 7
    When the foaming subsides, add the potato rounds.
  • 8
    Chef's Note: Cook until the rounds begin to soften, but before they begin to brown, about 4 to 6 minutes.
  • 9
    Remove the rounds from the skillet, and lightly dust one side with flour.
  • 10
    Chef’s Note: Reserve the leftover butter in the skillet.
  • 11
    Lightly score the filet, at 1/2 inch (1.2 cm) intervals.
  • 12
    Place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 375f (190c).
  • 13
    Place the filet on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • 14
    Brush the filet with the egg wash, and then season with salt and pepper.
  • 15
    Arrange the potato rounds (flour side down) on top of the filet, overlapping them to resemble the scales on a fish.
  • 16
    Use the remainder of the butter from the skillet, to lightly brush over the tops of the potato rounds, and then season with a bit more salt & pepper.
  • 17
    Place into the oven, and bake until the fish is cooked and flakey, about 20 minutes.
  • 18
    Finish by placing under the broiler until the potato rounds begin to brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 19
  • 20
    My favorite way to plate this is to put some sauce on the bottom of a plain white dish, and then carefully lay the fish on top. Enjoy.
  • 21
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.
  • 22
  • 23
    Lemon Butter Sauce

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