seared tilapia with parmesan prosciutto crumble

I was headed to the grocery store this weekend rather casually and figured I should grab something for dinner. In an effort to prevent a lot of aisle wandering and salty snack purchases, I grabbed a sticky note to make a list. And in that minute I dreamed up this recipe for a seared fish with crumbled prosciutto. In that dream, I also added balsamic glaze but I held back in real life.

I'll admit that the fish was not the best that I've cooked. The Trader Joe's frozen fish filets are not super evenly cut so they didn't cook that well in the pan. Hindsight? I should have baked them. 

But... the killer part? The prosciutto crumble. I will absolutely be using this again in the near future. It is so versatile and could be part of many recipes. Or maybe I'm just thinking of my mom's parmesan chicken. I could also see it as part of some tasty garlic toast.

Here's how it goes.
  1. Set 3 pieces of prosciutto in a medium skillet. Remove from the heat when the prosciutto begins to crisp up. Add prosciutto to a food processor with mixture of parmesan and panko flakes. Probably like 1/3 cup each. Pulse to combine. 
  2. Set your skillet to a high heat with a bit of butter. Pat dry your fish with a paper towel and then press into a dish of flour and breadcrumbs (About a 50/50 ratio). Flip and press in both sides of the filet one or two more times. 
  3. Add the fish to the skillet and let cook for about 3-4 minutes on either side depending on thickness. This fillet was pretty varied in thickness so that was challenging. Remove when the fish flakes as you fork it. Need more information? Google how to cook white fish.
  4. Put your parmesan prosciutto mixture in a skillet over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil and let cook until it begins to toast. As it cooks, use a spatula to break up the pieces to help it cook evenly. Remove from the heat.
  5. Plate your fish over the fava beans. Sprinkle heavily with the prosciutto crumble. Drizzle with olive oil and toss a few capers on the plate too. Enjoy! 
Shopping List
white fish fillet
panko flakes
bread crumbs
fava beans

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