What to Cook – Sweet and Sour Tilapia

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Sweet and Sour Tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias

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I’m pretty sure that this school year is going to be the death of me. OK, maybe it’s not that serious, but I foresee  a very busy year in our family’s future. My girl is dying to go to school this year, so we’re looking into daycares for her. My son is determined to make lots of friends and do ALL THE THINGS when it comes to extra-curricular activities. Already on the list is a crafting group at his school and track. He also wants to start drum lessons this fall. I need about 3 of me, each with 8 arms to accomplish all that’s about to pop up in our lives. Oh, and I still have to figure out what to cook and feed these beings at a decent time every night.

One of our favorite meals consists of a quick fish dish. When I grabbed the Kraft recipe makers sweet and sour chicken kit, I knew very well I had no chicken on hand at home. I also knew very well that I was going to tackle this time saver by using my frozen tilapia filets instead of chicken breasts. Because I’m a rebel. I left Walmart with the box of “thanks for saving me tonight” and a small can of pineapple chunks. My goal was to make a 20 minute sweet and sour tilapia meal. Could I do it?

Sweet and sour tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias

First, I added two cups of rice to our rice cooker. It usually takes 20 minutes to cook, so I knew I had to have everything done by the time the rice was finished.

Sweet and sour tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias

I lightly greased our cast iron skillet, then added in the filets. NOTE: I put the filets in frozen. Yes, I did! I actually do this quite a bit. If I know that the fish will have a chance to simmer for at least 10 minutes in a sauce, I put them in frozen so they come out juicy, tender and fully cooked in the middle.

Sweet and sour tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias #shop

Next, I added Kraft sesame ginger simmer sauce to the pan, along with the juice from the can of pineapple. The directions didn’t say to add the juice, but again, I’m a rebel.

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I turned the heat to low, covered and let the fish simmer for 10 minutes. After I covered the fish, I started on our side of pan-roasted asparagus. Asparagus is such a quick vegetable to make. I love that I can roast it on a stovetop or in the oven and get the same results. I tossed them with olive oil, minced garlic, and a splash of soy sauce, then put them on medium heat. I ended up tossing them around every few minutes, so they wouldn’t burn.

Sweet and sour tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias

After the allotted 10 minutes for the tilapia, I turned the filets over, and added in the sweet and sour pineapple finishing sauce. As soon as this sauce hit the pan, I could smell that familiar tart yet sweet aroma.

sweet and sour tilapia | 4 Hats and Frugal #kraftrecipemakers #cbias

I also added in the pineapple chucks at this time. If you were planning to add in peppers or maybe a frozen asian vegetable medley, this would be the time to add them to the pan.

While the sweet and sour tilapia was off becoming, well, sweet and sour tilapia, I took the asparagus off the heat, and placed the rice and asparagus on the table. Dinner was done!

The Kraft Recipe Makers kit made this such an easy meal maker, even with me being all revolutionary and not knowing what to cook right away. I can’t wait to pick up another flavor and try it out on many of our upcoming busy nights.

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  1. 9.26.13
    Melanie said:

    I’m in love with Broiled Parmesan Tilapia but now I’ll have to try Sweet and Sour lol thanks!

  2. 9.27.13

    My husband would love this! (I have a hard time eating seafood!) I still prepare that for him though, so great idea!

  3. 9.27.13
    Ashley S said:

    Definitely going to try this! We are big fans of seafood and tilapia in this household 🙂

    • 10.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Same here, Ashley! This was a great twist on the usual sweet and sour chicken.

  4. 9.27.13
    Maria said:

    We eat Tilapia ALL the time!! I definitely have to try this out. thanks!!

    • 10.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      You’re welcome, Maria!

  5. 9.27.13

    That looks fabulous and I have GOT to try every one of those mixes! I love that kind of thing!

    • 10.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Thanks Liz! My new goal is to add all the flavors to our pantry for quick meals. It’s a hefty goal, but I’m up for the challenge 😀

  6. 9.27.13

    My mouth is watering! Kraft really makes mom`s life EASY! Thank you for the great idea!

    • 10.2.13
      Amiyrah said:

      Oh man, do they! I was so impressed, that I’m making this meal again this week, and keeping a lookout for the other recipe makers flavors. It will be a new pantry staple for us.

  7. 10.7.13

    Wow! That looks so amazing! Thanks for sharing your creative Recipe Makers idea! #client