Black Tea Smoked Tilapia
Black tea is the most popular tea, thanks to its robust flavor and highest dose of caffeine. It's made when the tea leaves are fermented, then heated and dried. Use it in this recipe to cook and lightly flavor tilapia.
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup black tea leaves (from 16 tea bags)
- 1/2 cup uncooked jasmine or any long grain rice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 pound tilapia filets
- Lemon slices
- Mix vinegar, oil, ginger, pepper and salt in a large resealable bag. Add fish and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
- Line bottom of wok or large skillet with aluminum foil. Add tea, rice and sugar; mix together.
- Turn on the vent and open your kitchen windows! Heat over medium high for 7-8 minutes (until sugar starts to melt), stirring occasionally.
- Place fish in a steamer and place over tea mixture (or place fish onto a grid of chopsticks laid over tea/sugar/rice mixture.) Cover tightly and cover any exposed area between wok/skillet and steamer with damp kitchen towels. Reduce heat to low and smoke for 15-20 minutes, until fish flakes and is cooked through.
- Recipe provided by Deanna Segrave-Daly, R.D., of Teaspoon of Spice.
Per serving: 283 kcal cal., 5 g fat (1 g sat. fat), 170 mg sodium, 18 g sugar, 24 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet