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    Five-Spice (or Cachere) Tilapia

    Dear Hubby found this recipe, Hubbyized it, and made it for me last night... Holy COW! It was FABULOUS!
    I normally do NOT like sweet in my food, but the sweetness of this was very subtle and tempered by the other ingredients. We didn't have the anise to make an authentic Five Spice (not five spices, but the five elements) which is Chinese - so we substituted Tony Cachere's Low Salt (or Light?) for the Five Spice! Served it with rice and fresh asparagus... Oh wow!

    He spent a whole 10 minutes or so making it... and about five minutes actually cooking it. (Asparagus takes two or three 2-minute nuke&fluffs, Rice started right as he began assembling the ingreds, so it was <?> 20 minutes?)

    Five Spice
    1 tsp. ground Szechwan pepper
    1 tsp. ground star anise
    1-1/4 tsp. ground fennel seeds
    1/2 tsp. ground cloves
    1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1/4 tsp. ground white pepper

    Combine all ingredients in small airtight container. Store in a cool, dry place.


    1 lb Tilapia filets (we cheat & buy Costco, so it was 4 vac-sealed)
    1 t Chinese Five-Spice (we used 1 t Cachere Light)
    1/4 c reduced sodium Soy Sauce (I puff with salt. B-/)
    3 T light brown sugar
    3 T canola oil
    3 spring onions, thinly sliced for garnish

    Combine sugar and soy in bowl. Sprinkle fish with seasonings. He used an electric skillet, so toss fish in pan at med-high, cook about 2 minutes covered. When you turn it over, stir up the soy/sugar mix and drizzle it over the fillets, lowering heat to medium and re-cover. After a couple more minutes (make sure fish is cooked) sprinkle onion over the fish and turn off the heat. Return cover... let it "sit & steam" for a couple minutes to soften the onion & steep in the sauce - we stepped out on the patio and had a smoke, so I am guessing 7.5 minutes - and it was PERFECT!

    We served out a bed of rice, laid a fillet on it, and then poured a little of the sauce over it.

    I actually went back for seconds! LOL!
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    Re: Five-Spice (or Cachere) Tilapia

    Sound really good! And easy.

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    Re: Five-Spice (or Cachere) Tilapia

    It was also fabulous as leftovers today for lunch...

    I want more!

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