I don’t cook a lot of fish, for a few different reasons. First, I’m not a fan of fishy fish, and neither is my five year old, Oliver. Second, I am totally overwhelmed buying fish. I don’t like buying bags of frozen fillets that are all stuck together and covered in freezer burn. When I try to go up to the fresh fish counter in the grocery store, I feel like a bit of an idiot because I don’t know what to ask for. I don’t know what makes a good fillet of fish, or what to avoid, and so I often just end up avoiding the counter entirely.
It’s been bothering me though that I don’t cook more fish for the family. It’s so healthy for you, with all that protein and omega 3’s, the kids know it as “brain food”, so it really should be a bigger part of our diet. This is why I was so excited when I found out High Liner was now selling their premium cuts of sustainably sourced fish in the fresh fish section of our Superstore. They took all of the guess-work out of choosing the right fillets, and I was able to shop confidently; comfortable with the quality of fish I was buying for us to eat.
High Liner Simply Fish is currently offering six different types of fish like this: salmon, cod, trout, haddock, sole, and tilapia. I went with the tilapia because it’s really not a fishy fish. It’s a fish that takes on the flavours of whatever you pair it with, be it a good hit of spice, or a sweet Asian inspired glaze.
My absolute favourite way to eat tilapia though – covered in a garlicy lobster sauce with chunks of tail meat, slightly crisp veggies, all sitting on a bed of coconut water cooked basmati rice. It’s just mouthful after mouthful of flavour, and all three of my kids, from 14 months to 5 years, couldn’t get enough of it.
The lobster tail meat slowly cooking in the garlic butter.
Here is the pan-fried tilapia fillet. They’re just dusted in some seasoned flour before hitting the hot, oiled pan. Only 2 minutes on each side and the fish was perfectly cooked. Nice and flaky, just falling apart with the push of our forks.
The High Liner Simply Fish line is available across Canada at these retailers:
Real Canadian Superstore
Food Basics (50 stores in Ontario)
Here’s a peek at the packaging so you know what to look for:
Disclosure: I am part of the High Liner Simply Fish Blogger Campaign with Mom Central Canada and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.