Ok, so this could have just been made without the lime cream, but I thought it needed something cool to offset the hot from the vinaigrette. Now you know I love spicy, so it wasn't that I NEEDED it, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I actually got the idea for this dish from a recipe I saw on Epicurious.com, it was for Halibut with Sambal Vinaigrette and Wasabi Cream. I was trying to decide what to make for dinner because I once again, forgot a main ingredient when we went to the store. I realized it about an hour before I was ready to cook and, well, quite frankly, I did not feel like going to the store to get it. I mean, I had to have something that I could throw together, right? That's when I saw the Sambal staring at me from the pantry. It was unopened and begging to be set free....a quick search on the internet, a few adjustments to the recipe and dinner was created! Don't you just love it when things come together like that?
The Sambal vinaigrette was incredible! And the ginger lime cream added a great tangy coolness to everything. The sauce girl was completely satisfied after this meal....I WILL be making this vinaigrette again!!
Tilapia with Sambal Vinaigrette and Ginger Lime Cream
Adapted from Epicurious.com
1 1/2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek chili paste
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/4 cup vegetable oil
salt and pepper
4 Tilapia fillets
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 teaspoon ginger
lime juice (to taste)
In a small bowl, combine sour cream, ginger, and lime juice (how much you use is up to you...make it how every tart you want it to be...I used about 1-2 Tablespoons), mix until well blended. Set in refrigerator until ready to use.
In a blender, add the vinegar, chili paste, and mustard. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the oil and pulse until blended. You can also use the jar method, which is what I did: Pour all the ingredients in a jar, seal tight, shake, and pour into small bowl. Set aside.
In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, add about a teaspoon of a olive oil. Season the fillet with salt and pepper on both sides. Cook the fish, about 3-4 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
Serve with vinaigrette and ginger lime cream. Enjoy!