CAJUN SPICED LEMONY BAKED FISH WITH MASHED SWEET POTATOES

You can't get a dinner much simpler than this! I see a lot of novice cooks out there that are so afraid to cook with fish because of it's delicate nature. The key I find to cooking fish, especially if you're a first time cook, is to find a sturdy fish like tilapia that is forgiving no matter how much it's handled. Another advice I can give to those novice cooks is to start with a recipe like this one which let's the oven do all of the work for you. The fish comes out flaky and flavourful, which is always a good thing. What makes it even better is that it even looks quite fancy once plated as well. Pair this with roasted veggies and mashed sweet potatoes to complete this easy to do meal.

Serves 2 generously

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Baking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium sized tilapia (can substitute with any white fish)
  • coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tsp cajun seasoning mix
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter or margarine
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup milk (may use a bit less)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Take the two fish fillets and place them onto a medium casserole dish. Season with salt, pepper and cajun seasoning mix, then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and dab 2 tbsp of butter on top. Take the lemon slices and place 2 slices on top of each fish fillet, and squeeze the juice of half a lemon right over top. Place it into the oven and bake for a good 20 minutes or until fish is fully cooked.

2. Place the peeled and diced sweet potato in a pot of cold water, then boil the potatoes until tender. This should take about 10-15 minutes. Drain the water, then take a potato masher and start to mash the sweet potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, pour 1/2 cup of milk (add more or less as needed), a pinch of nutmeg, and 3 tbsp of maple syrup. Stir and mash until you get a smooth and light consistency. Once fish is done baking serve immediately along side the mashed potatoes. I recommend serving this with roasted veggies as well. Enjoy!

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