- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Pinch of garlic powder
- 3-4 cod fillets (or other white fish such as tilapia)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 red onion, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 cup frozen corn, thawed, or fresh corn cut off the cob
- 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 cups cooked brown rice
- Avocado, cilantro, and lime juice for garnish (optional)
I omitted the bell pepper and added chopped tomatoes. I had leftover white rice so we used that instead of making brown.
The recipe says to cook the fish first, but I cook a lot of fish and there are two things I know: you want to eat it hot, and it will keep cooking when you take it off the heat. So I did the vegetables and beans first.
Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a pan and cook the onions, corn and black beans until heated through. I squeezed some lime in, and added salt and pepper. Set aside and wipe the pan if you, like me, let those caramelized and char just a tad for flavor.
Mix the seasonings in a bowl and sprinkle on the fish. You don't need to use it all. I actually just sprinkled the spices individually on my fish once they were in the pan. Heat the remaining oil and add the fish. Cook several minutes and turn. I squeezed lime on mine at this point. Don't overcook - you want it flakey but just... Remember, it will keep cooking some.
In bowls, layer rice, veggie mix, fish, then the toppings of your choice. We used avocado, chopped tomatoes, cilantro and cheese, with a lime wedge on the side.
RATING: 4 1/2 stars
My husband LOVED this! And I will tell you it's very good. Lime is the key - add it to the fish and the veggies as they cook, and have some to squeeze on the finished dish. It really makes it pop.
Another great thing about is that it's almost infinitely flexible. We live at the beach and so have fresh seafood a lot, but I didn't go to town today and so used frozen cod. You can use cod or tilapia or swai, fresh white fish that looks good, shrimp, chicken... You can choose your veggies and your beans (use pinto instead of black if you want), and your toppings. We added tomatoes for freshness; you can add lettuce, cabbage, jalapeño, red sweet peppers... Also salsa, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream. You get the idea. And if you have leftover rice like I did, and some protein in the freezer or fridge (you could use leftover rotisserie chicken, among other things) it's super fast!