Let's take the standard box rice mix and elevate it while also making this ONE DISH meal, in a quick and easy manner! The best part of this meal to me? The price! The boxed mix is around a dollar at Walmart (or at the link above you can get a box of 12 for $24!) and the Tilapia is a relatively cheap fish to find in your supermarket, you can even do this from a frozen bag, if you thaw the fish slightly before adding to the rice!
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The pan I used was a Prime Day deal and is quite frankly one of my favorite finds! The Goodful All-In-One Nonstick pan stays hot and does not require you to keep the eye on high for the heat to be at high!
Steamed Tilapia w/Textured Herb & Butter Rice
Prepping time: 5 min
Cooking time: ~30 min
Rice a Roni; Herb & Butter
1 stick of butter
2 cups of liquid (White wine or chicken broth & water)
3 Tilapia Filets
1/2 Onion, Diced
1/2 cup diced Zucchini
1/2 cup diced fresh mushrooms (Or 1 Tbls dried mushroom powder) 2 tsp Paprika S/P to taste Dried Herbs, optional
Dice vegetables and season tilapia with paprika and salt & pepper.
Melt full stick of butter in pan. Sauté diced onions in butter and lightly toast rice in butter.
Once you can make a trail through the rice and the liquid doesn't immediately pool back in the space, add 1/2 cup of white wine (or chicken stock if you prefer). Allow wine to reduce by half and then add the rest of the liquid and the packet of seasonings that come with the rice & bring to boil.
Add in the mushrooms (or powder) and half of the zucchini. Stir together with the rice and bring to a boil. Let the rice boil for a few minutes more (longer than the box directs) so that you get a little extra texture in the end.
Place the fish filets in the pan with rice and veg, put lid on pan and lower heat to low as the box says and simmer.
Stir rice, occasionally, but let some get a little crunchy and brown for additional flavor and texture. Top with remaining zucchini and dried herbs, if using and serve!
If you do not have or do not want to use wine, using chicken broth or water with a little lemon juice is a perfect substitute in this recipe.
If a little crispy rice is not your thing, that's fine, cook the rice without the fish first and stir more than I have mentioned.