Pan Fried Tilapia with Lemon Cream Sauce {keto, low carb, gf}

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  Happy Monday friends! Maybe because I am a stay-at-home-mom and all my days are the same, but Mondays have never bothered me!  I actually thrive on routine and regimen and Monday always guarantees I’m back in normal mode.  That’s also probably why I’ve fallen so in love with the ketogenic way of eating! It’s becoming my thang to watch my macros, eat healthy, etc.  Last night, I was jonesing for a light and refreshing meal. Being keto eaters, we eat lots of beef, bacon, steak, etc. That’s GREAT and we LOOOOVE it but yesterday was hot as hades and I just wasn’t feeling a heavy meal.  I had some tilapia filets in the deep freezer that I bought forever ago at Costco(my second Target) and combined with my lack of ambition to go to the grocery on a Sunday, I decided to use them up!
This dish comes together very fast because fish cooks quickly. I had dinner on the table in under 30 minutes!
 All you need is…-4 or 5 tilapia (or any white fish) filets, 4 oz each-2 cups pork dust-1/2 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder -1 teaspoon coconut oil-1/2 tablespoon + 1 tablespoon butter-1 egg-1/4 teaspoon salt-1/4 teaspoon pepper-1/2 cup heavy whipping cream-1/2 lemon (for juicing) Suggestions:Have everything pre-measured (mis en place) and ready to go before you start cooking! And always read the recipe ALL THE WAY through before you start cooking! Lastly, make sure your fish is VERY dry or the coating will not adhere. You’ll notice there is rice (a big keto no-no) but that’s for my kids who still need carbs. Also, I made some uber delicious and keto-friendly green beans that I’ll show you how to make on here too!    Dry the fish completely. I laid paper towels on top of the filets as well to absorb the water on top.   Whisk 1 egg in a shallow bowl or plate.    For the record, this is NOT 2 cups of pork dust pictured. I started with 1 cup when I took the picture and realized I needed more while I was breading the fish.  To make pork dust, just put pork rinds (I had a 99 cent bag from Aldi) in a food processor and pulse till fine. Hold your nose though because it STINKS! (in my humble opinion) Add the salt, pepper, and garlic powder and use a fork to combine it.  Dredge the fish, gingerly, in the egg, and then dip in the breading. Use your fingers to press the crumbs onto the fish. It’ll look something like this when it’s done.  Melt 1 teaspoon coconut oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in a frying pan using MED-HIGH heat. You want the pan nice and hot to crisp up your fish. When the butter & oil starts bubbling, it’s time to add the fish.  Work in batches while you’re frying. Don’t mess with with it for at least 2 minutes. If it feels like it’s stuck to the pan when you try to flip it, that means it doesn’t have a crust yet. It will easily lift and flip when it’s ready. Mine took 2-3 minutes per side.  If your pan gets too hot, lower the heat to MED.   To make the lemon cream sauce, you’ll follow the same directions as for my other cream sauces. (See detailed photos in my chicken alfredo pizza recipe).  Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan. You can use the same pan you fried the fish in for added flavor! Just make sure it’s not too hot or the cream will burn (yeah, I did that). Add the 1/2 cup of cream and whisk continuously while you add the lemon juice and garlic powder. Let it simmer 1 minute and then it’s done. This will yield about 4 tablespoons of sauce.  Top each filet with about 1 tablespoon of the sauce. Garnish with a lemon wedge and serve with a side of green beans or dressed greens! As you can see, I served mine with southern style green beans. They took 5 minutes to steam in the microwave and then I just let them simmer in a pot on the stove while I did all the fishy stuff. They tasted like they’d been cooking all day!  Side note: If you’re keto, you know that green beans are a pretty carb heavy vegetable. I had not really eaten carbs all day so these were well within my macros. However, they aren’t something I’d eat every day!  Steam your frozen veggies as directed on the package. Place them in a pot. Add 1 tablespoon bacon grease and 1 tablespoon butter. Add 1/4 tsp salt (can omit), 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder. Give it all a little stir and simmer on med-low while you make your fish.  You might need to stir it once or twice in between to make sure all the beans get coated with butter and bacon fat. It took me about 20 minutes to make the fish and these beans tasted heavenly! Soooo…that was a long post but I think it’s so helpful to see how other people cook that aren’t professionals. Be sure to follow me on Instagram (@keto_in_pearls) for more keto related posts, motivation, humor, and nonsense! Subscribe to the blog too so you’re the first to know about new posts! Thanks for stopping by today! Printable version of the recipe is here!  Much Love,Anna MACROS for Fish: 7g F | 25g P | 0g C | 166 caloriesMACROS for Sauce: 13g F | 0g P | 1g C | 126 calories    


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