I just returned from an adventure in Mexico, but I didn’t have my fill of fish. On my last evening we went to a fancy restaurant called El Dorado, and I got their titular dish. It was a piece of fish with plantains. It was delicious, and I have been day dreaming about making some delicious fish myself.
So, I went to the Fresh Market and got myself some tilapia and scallops for my fish, some white and purple asparagus and garlic for my side. I threw the tilapia and scallops in a bag with dill and sous vided them for a few hours. I then roasted the asparagus with pepper and the garlic. I fried the tilapia and scallops for a second or two to brown them.
One thing about fancy restaurants is that the food is so pretty. I decided to try to do the plating myself. I think it turned out pretty well:
I put the scallops in between the alternatingly funny colored asparagus, piled the tilapia that I tore up (by accident) on the bottom and put the one intact piece on top. I tried drizzling balsamic vinegar on the asparagus, but it was cheap vinegar so it wasn’t thick enough. I don’t think I’m at the Top Chef level, but it looked pretty good.
It tasted pretty great. Roasting asparagus makes it nice and crunchy. The scallops were the least impressive, I should have browned them more or something… or maybe sous vide isn’t right for them? They ended up bland.
The fish itself was good. I added some dill, but not enough.
I have two more tilapia fillets preseasoned in sous vide bags in the freezer, hopefully the next adventures will be even better.