Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tasty Tuesday - Sweet Potato Encrusted Fish with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette.

I came across this fish on Pinterest the other day, stopped by the grocery store on the way home from work to pick up the ingredients and made this as a quick dinner when I got home. It was super easy and REALLY tasty! You should definitely try!

Sweet Potato Encrusted Fish with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette
Recipe found here.

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette (Yields: 1/2 cup):
1 cup cilantro - packed
1 medium clove garlic
2 limes- juiced (about 1/4 cup)
1/2 cup light olive oil
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon salt (I recommed only using 1/2 tsp. It was pretty salty.)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
pinch of sugar (1/2 tsp)

1 pound mild flaky fish (Mahi, Tilapia, Grouper, Snapper, Halibut etc)
2 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and shredded
1 egg plus 2 egg whites
1/2 cup flour - seasoned with a little salt & pepper
2 TBS canola oil (or any light oil)
2 TBS butter

Mixed Greens
2-4 oz Goat Cheese
1 cup fresh green beans, blanched
Handfull of Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
Black beans, drained and rinsed


Combine vinaigrette ingredients into a food processor, mini chopper, or blender and pulse until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

If serving over salad, prepare salad now so it is ready to go.

Add flour to a pie plate (or any dish with sides) and season with salt and pepper. In another one, whisk together 1 egg plus 2 egg whites.

Preheat oven to 375°. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium to medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter plus 1 tablespoon oil (you may need extra if it's a large skillet - you want the entire bottom coated). Allow this to heat up.

Eyeball the size / shape of the pieces of fish and then, add a thin layer of shredded sweet potatoes about the same size & shape (one for each piece of fish).

Quickly dredge the fish into flour mixture, then egg wash, and set on top of the sweet potatoes in the pan. Repeat with each piece of fish. Cook for about 4 minutes (the fish should have a nice golden crust), lift fish out of pan with a spatula.

While holding fish with the spatula, add another thin layer of the shredded sweet potatoes to the pan (again matching the size of your fish filet). Carefully flip the fish onto the new "bed" of shedded sweet potatoes. Place entire skillet into the oven and allow to finish cooking (about 4-7 minutes depending on fish size).  (I don't currently have a cast iron skillet so I just put the fish on a small cookie sheet and stuck that in the oven.)

The fish doesn't dry out due to the natural moisture in the potatoes! When fish is fully cooked (opaque in color), remove from oven and immediately serve over mixed salad. Top with cilantro lime vinaigrette.


  1. I saw this on Pinterest, too, and it looked yummy but also like a lot of work. If you say it's easy and quick, maybe Ill try it! My boyfriend and I both love sweet potatoes and this seems like a relatively light and healthy-ish meal

  2. Anything with cilantro is an automatic favorite in our house. I need to try it out!

  3. Ok, this looks amazing. It is going on my list of things to make next week. I love lime and cilantro!

  4. That looks so good! I love new fish recipes!

  5. YUM! That dressing looks great and sounds like the perfect summer salad!

  6. This looks so good! I love sweet potatoes!

  7. I think I pinned this from you! Looks so darn good! Glad to know it did not disappoint!

  8. Oh yum, this really looks delicious! And I love the addition of the simple salad. Not only am I pinning this from your blog, but I've bookmarked it for our menu one night next week. Thanks so much for sharing, doll! Hope you're having a ball planning the wedding :)

    Also, we need to get a cast iron skillet onto your bridal registry, pronto!

  9. andddd this is the perfect dish to welcome in these fabulous temperatures we're having!

  10. "eyeball the size"...."quickly dredge"...."holding the fish with a spatula"....you make it sound as easy as tying shoes! haha seriously, i'm going to need a lesson in all these fancy kitchen secrets before even attempting this!

    however, i do have two avocados, cocoa powder and honey sitting in my kitchen :)

  11. YUM! looks delish :) thanks for sharing!! looking forward to trying!

  12. Oh how I wish I could have goat cheese right now...That salad sounds so refreshing!

  13. I just found your blog...and I'm getting married in Charleston next March as well! And we also asked our bridesmaids to be in our wedding party the same way! Too funny! I look forward to reading your wedding posts - maybe we can share Charleston planning tips!