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Monday, April 25, 2011

Baked Hoisin Tilapia with Hot Mustard Sauce - And a couple of other things -

Last week I told you all that my boss was leaving...well, we are two weeks away from her last day and it's crunch time at work.  I have been asked to take on a large chunk of her job, along with what I am already doing.  Though I am nervous, as most of her job is a bit above my skill set, I really am excited about the opportunity to learn more.  Hopefully they will have someone in there to take her place soon and things will lighten up for me...but for now, I move's about all I can do.  This will be a challenging time for me and I hope it does not cut into my blogging, but, if it does, please just bear with me ... I promise, I won't leave you for long :)

Before I get to today's recipe, I want to share something with you that I feel really good about.  Most of you probably don't remember my post from last May where I told you a little something about me - I'm a fire spinner.  (You can click on this link to read the full story)  Back then I shared still pictures of me spinning and I swore that some day I would share actual video with you.  Well that day has FINALLY arrived.  Friday night, I brushed the dust off the old fire poi and "lit up".  What a fantastic time I had too!!  It felt GREAT!  I can't wait to do it again!!  But first, the video of my debut return to fire spinning.  And thankfully, not only did Chris bravely agree to video my return, but he also placed a kick ass song over the video to make it really cool.  When he shot the video, there was no music....all you could hear was the Whoosh Whoosh Whoosh of the fire circling around me...which really is cool.  But come on - he dropped Fire Woman by The Cult right over top of the video and it actually works really good.  So, anyway, enough of my rambling... I hope you enjoy:  (for best results, view at 720p)

Ok, ok... enough showing off ...let's get to the food :)

I've adored hot mustard sauce since I was a kid.  On special occasions, we used to go to this Chinese restaurant called Imperial Palace.  I remember the first time I tried the hot mustard sauce.  I remember the heat going straight to my nose!  What I also remember was that it did not last long and.... I LOVED IT!!  I couldn't get enough of it.  The hotter the sauce, the better.  Mom even bought some so that we could have it at home.  A few weeks back, when I was on Savory Spice website, I noticed that they had hot mustard powder.  I knew right away I needed to purchase some so that I could bring those great childhood memories back!  Not that I haven't had hot mustard sauce since I was a kid, it's just that since I found my beloved Sriracha, I really don't use any other spicy condiments.  And of course, what better dish to try it with first then ... yep.. you got it... Tilapia!!!

This dish is way simple and way spicy.  If you want to tame the mustard sauce, use warm/hot water when mixing the powder and allow to sit at room temperature.  If you are looking for a knock your socks off sort of spice, which is what I wanted, use cold water when mixing together and immediately put it in the fridge.  Seriously, at least with the hot mustard powder I have, the colder the water, the hotter the sauce.  And remember, a little goes a long way.  And if you really want to simplify this recipe even more.  To make the fish, just season it with salt and pepper and pan sear.  Honestly, the sauce is the star here...but that shouldn't surprise you at all coming from me!

Baked Hoisin Tilapia with Hot Mustard Sauce
Printable Recipe 
2 Tablespoons hoisin
1 teaspoon rice vinegar
1/2 - 1 teaspoon Sriracha
1-2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
4 Tilapia fillets
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons hot mustard powder
1 1/2 teaspoons rice vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
drop sesame oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Rinse the tilapia and pat dry.  Place in prepared dish.  In a small bowl, mix together the hoisin, 1 tsp rice vinegar, Sriracha and soy sauce.  Pour evenly over the fish.  Bake for 14 minutes, rotating dish halfway through.

Meanwhile, in another bowl, mix together the mayo, mustard powder, rice vinegar, water, and sesame oil.  Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.  Serve along side Tilapia.  Enjoy!


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Design Wine and Dine said...

OH yum...all those awesome ingredients! Anything with sriracha is a friend of mine! Goff luck w/the job...somthing tells me you'll be able to handle the extra responsibilities just fine! :)

Design Wine and Dine said...

that's GOOD LUCK! LOL! ;)

Michael Toa said...

Jenn, you are a lady with many talents. That video of you playing with fire is awesome! oh wow! Good luck with things at work. I'm sure you'll do great. The fiery tilapia looks delish.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Wow! What a post!! You are incredible fire woman - with or without flames!! Congrats on your new position at work - I know you'll be great! And Lord knows I won't hold it against you if you post a little less because of work:) Love the inside peak into your 'real' life... Have a great week hun!

StephenC said...

I think it is so cool that you're sharing your fire life (other than the grill). I love hot mustard but don't think I've ever made it at home. There's no reason not too. It's not rocket science.

Kungfucaveman said...

Wow - are you kidding me?!? That video is frikking bad-ass! Seriously, I've paid to see guys firespin that were nowhere near as good as that. awesome! ( Oh, and the fish looked yummy, too)

Angie's Recipes said...

wow...the video...that's really really cool!
Love the use of hoisin in tilapia...looks so delicious.

Mom said...

I just want to go on record that I've told Jenn not to play with fire since she was very little. See how well it worked out?!! Seriously, I'm very proud of ALL of her accomplishments....some of which are not evident to her blog followers!

Katrina (Betty Ray) said...

Holy cow Jenn! You rock. I love the song too. What a fun talent. Thank you so much for sharing it. And you've got rockin' arms - now I can see why. :)

I will so be making this fish recipe too. Yummy!

Pam said...

AMAZING! I've never heard of fire spinning before. What a fantastic video... so fun and beautiful to watch.

The tilaspia also looks tasty - love the hot mustard sauce.

Jennifurla said...

Dude, now I have girl crush on you! You are so cool.

Cranberry Morning said...

You can forget the recipes. Now that we've watched the video, we're expecting fire spinning every day!! LOL That is so cool!!

I have always loved hot mustard sauce. A few weeks ago I went with friends to a Thai restaurant and saw sweet/sour sauce on the table, but no hot mustard sauce. Must not be a Thai thing. But it sure does clear out all the breathing passages!

Looks like a great recipe - and thanks again for the video. You are amazing! What else do you do???

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking said...

Jenn, that video is amazing!! You're a woman of many talents, and I'm totally impressed! It's always so interesting to see who my food blogging friends are outside of the kitchen... Thanks for sharing this about yourself, and this mouthwatering tilapia recipe, too! :) Have a great rest of the day.

Cheeseboy said...

It's funny how well I get to know you, even if your blog is just a food blog. Good luck with the new job.

Mary said...

Hidden talents:-). It is good that one who loves to cook has this skill. Your tilapia really sounds great. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

Chris said...


That's awesome, Jenn. Now I just want to see you cooking using those, lol. The Cult's song is perfect and almost synchronized. A lot of the hand work you are doing is very similar to the bo staff that we use in martial arts.

xl pharmacy said...

I'd definitely cook this again for family and friends. Just double the amount of whipping cream but not the amount of mustard. I used 8 ounces of canned mushrooms and it came out perfect.